Understanding Aesthetic Group Gymnastics
Aesthetic Group Gymnastics (AGG) is a discipline of gymnastics based on stylized, natural total body movement. Unlike rhythmic gymnastics, AGG is performed with larger body movements and larger groups, and without apparatus. Although AGG is a new sport in the USA, it is more popular is Europe, especially in the country of Finland.
The International Federation of Aesthetic Group Gymnastics (IFAGG) was established in 2003. Members of the IFAGG come from a variety of countries, including Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, the Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Russia, Ukraine and Spain.
Aesthetic Group Gymnastics is art, expression and feelings combined into a high level competitive sport.
AGG involves harmonious, rhythmic, and dynamic movements performed with economical and natural use of strength. There is a natural flow from one movement to the next, as if each new movement is created from the previous one. All movements must be performed fluently, showing amplitude and variety in the dynamics and speed. The composition must contain versatile and varied body movements, such as body waves and swings, balances and pivots, jumps and leaps, dance steps, and lifts. Physical qualities such as flexibility, speed, strength, coordination, and effortless movement are required. Teamwork and unity are essential. Choreography using expressive interpretation of music through movements creates a story.
- Technique: This part of the score is the technical elements required in a routine.
- Artistry: This part of the score assesses quality, the structure of the composition, and the originality and expression of the composition.
- Execution: The part of the score makes deductions for any mistakes made in the program.
What is required?
- Balances – static balances, dynamic balances (e.g. pivots, illusions), and balance series
- Jumps and leaps – e.g. tuck jump, scissor leap, cossack jump, split leaps, stag jumps, etc.
- Body movements – body swings, body waves, twists, contractions, bending
- Arm movements
- Dance steps – series of steps, skips, or hops
- Acrobatic movements – e.g. walkovers, cartwheels, rolls, etc.
- Flexibility movements
- Combined series
- Lifts (for long program)