Arguably one of the most jaw-dropping disciplines in gymnastics, acrobatic gymnastics heads to Echo Arena, Liverpool, at the end of this month as part of the 2017 British Gymnastics Championship Series. Taking place on the 28, 29 and 30 July, make sure you don’t miss out. Here’s what you can expect from acrobatic gymnastics.
Practiced by both men and women, acrobatic gymnastics is amongst the oldest known sports practiced by the ancient Egyptians. The name comes from the Greek word ‘acrobateo’, meaning to rise or go forth.
Acrobatic gymnastics is a modern and artistic discipline, which requires an extraordinary amount of courage and trust amongst gymnasts. Routines are choreographed to music and presented on a 12 x 12 metre sprung floor surface.
In official competitions, acrobatic gymnastics offers five different possibilities of partnerships:
- Men’s, women’s and mixed pairs
- Women’s group (3 gymnasts)
- Men’s group (4 gymnasts)
Gymnasts work in harmony and trust, each responsible for their partner or partners. Routines require a need for strength, agility, flexibility, balance and acrobatic skills. The results are spectacular, intricate balances performed on partners, exciting multiple somersaults and twisting somersaults with partners being thrown and caught.
The routines presented in competitions are up to 2 minutes and 30 seconds in length and must include a number of required collective (partnership) and individual elements of three different types: balance, dynamic, and combined.
While the balance routine must present balanced pyramidal constructions held for three seconds and other elements of strength, flexibility and agility, the dynamic routine should show flight elements such as throws, pitches and catches of the gymnasts as well as dynamic tumbling elements.
The combined routine presents elements from both the dynamic and the balance routines. Great Britain is one of the most respected nations in the world in acrobatic gymnastics and has achieved success at World and European level with medals in all categories.