Established in 1996 by founder Eva Sokol, Pirouette Rhythmic Gymnastics Club has grown into a multicultural, non-profit organization offering the beautiful sport of rhythmic gymnastics to girls of all ages and abilities. Our club is now lead by Vendula Zamorska (Seary) who was a former Czech National team member for many years. She has participated in several World and European Championships and coached the Senior Czech National group in 2015/2016. Pirouette RG has become home to many successful gymnasts over the past 25+ years and continues to serve the Ottawa/Barrhaven community.
We offer a a wide variety programs for all ages and levels including, Recreational, Pre-comp, Competitive, AGG, Gymnaestrada, Mommy & Me, and Rhythmic Gymnastics for Seniors!
The recreational program is for girls 4+ and teaches the basic techniques of rhythmic movement using traditional rhythmic apparatus—ropes, hoops, balls, ribbons and scarves with an emphasis on group interaction. The classes are grouped according to age and/or previous experience. No experience necessary!
The pre-competitive program prepares gymnasts for demonstrations, shows, displays and potentially for competitions. The gymnasts follow an annual training plan outlining body and apparatus technique and ballet training. We focus on development of specific rhythmic gymnastics skills, flexibility, eye-hand coordination, balance, endurance, speed and strength. These gymnasts will be placed in a competitive stream the following year based on their skills.
Our inter-club stream is for gymnasts a who are just entering the competitive program or for gymnasts who want less time commitment. They train 9 hours a week with one hour of Ballet training included. Interclub gymnasts can compete as Individual, RG Groups and AGG. Inter-club gymnasts compete in in-house and local invitational competitions. These gymnasts can also participate in Canadian and World Gymnaestrada's.
Our provincial stream is for gymnasts with above average strength, flexibility and coordination. Gymnasts in the provincial stream train 14 hours per week with Ballet training included. Provincial gymnasts can compete in 3 categories: Individual, RG Groups and AGG. Provincial gymnasts compete at two provincial qualifiers to earn a spot at Ontario Provincial Championships. They also may compete at Eastern Regional Championships (if level permits) as well as in-house meets and local invitational competitions.
Our national stream is the highest level gymnastics in Canada. They train at least 17+ hours a week. These gymnasts compete across Canada individually or in RG groups in attempt to make the Canadian National Team in Rhythmic Gymnastics. These gymnasts compete at Elite Ontario, Eastern Championships and Elite Canada to earn a spot at Canadian Championships. These gymnasts may have opportunities to compete internationally as well.
Aesthetic Group Gymnastics (AGG) is different than rhythmic gymnastics through its big and continuous body movement and larger teams. Apparatus is not used in AGG competitions. An AGG routine consists of versatile and varied body movements, such as body waves and swings, balances and pivots, jumps and leaps, dance steps, and lifts. AGG is art, expression and feelings combined into a high level competitive sport. AGG gymnasts compete at the provincial level with various opportunities to compete in national and international competitions.
Gymnaestrada gives the opportunity for gymnasts to celebrate movement and physical activity in a non-competitive environment while capturing the true essence of the ‘Gymnastics for All’ and ‘Active for Life’ philosophies of sport and recreation. These routines consist of a large group of participants ages 9 and up. Routines are made to explore and push the boundaries of gymnastics.
MOMMY AND ME - FIT & FLEXIBLE
Calling all new Mammas!! Pirouette Rhythmic Gymnastics has a new program for you. This program will focus on flexibility and natural strength exercises with your own bodyweight to help you get back into shape faster. Recommended for moms after 6 weeks postpartum, or after doctor’s clearance for exercising. Babies aged 6 weeks-1 year can hang around in the car seat/play mat etc., or you have the option to involve your baby for some easy exercises!
This program includes stretching, aerobics, strength training and balance exercises for Seniors/Adults. It also improves flexibility, muscle and bone strength, circulation, heart health and stability. Rhythmic Gymnastics adds the fun element/component to this program. Using ropes, balls, hoops and ribbons enhances joint flexibility and strength and improves hand eye coordination. Exercises are adapted to abilities of participants and can be also perform sitting on a chair.