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Rhythmic Questions

What is Rhythmic Gymnastics?


Rhythmic gymnastics is an olympic sport that combines elements of ballet, gymnastics, dance and apparatus manipulation. Apparatuses include Hoop, Rope, Ball, Clubs and Ribbon. Girls perform routines choreographed to music and accompanied by one of the five apparatuses: rope, hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon. If you are looking for your child to grow as a dancer, gymnast or simply gain flexibility this is a perfect sport.




What age must my child be in order to start taking classes?


Age 5




Can boys take classes?


Rhythmic gymnastics is a female only sport. We do not offer any boy classes.




How do I know what level my child is?


If your child has never had rhythmic or gymnastics experience you will begin at Level 1. If your child has had previous gymnastics or rhythmic experience you may schedule a free level placement.




What is a level placement?


Level placements is used for students who have had previous gymnastics or rhythmic experience. A coach will spend time your child to determine their skill level and what class will be best suited for them.




How do I schedule a level placement?


You can get our free trial class for a placement




When can my child move up to the next level?


Your child's coach will determine when your child is ready to move to the next level.




Does my child have to also take the Ballet class?


Ballet is the basic thing in Rhythmic Gymnastics. Daily choreography exercises are necessary for a gymnast so that she could feel her body, develop the upright posture, arms and foot positions, which are the basic for all the rhythmic gymnastics elements. So when the gymnast standing near the ballet bar starts feeling the positions she stands, jumps and turns through the basic elements such as battement tondu, jete, fondu, means she starts feeling her body, which allows her to do more complicated elements and understand her mistakes. Classical ballet gives the feeling of the movement’s completion. It means you should feel muscle tension from the shoulder blade to the finger tips when you sway your arm. Rising in releve gymnast should feel her body tension from the tip toes to the top of her head through all the muscles: ball of foot, knees, hips, pelvis, belly, shoulder blade, neck, shoulders, arms and head. Thus, gymnast can take any beautiful position without a moment’s hesitation only if she has devoted great amount of time to choreography lessons. Inborn abilities are not the recipe for success. Even if a gymnast is very flexible and stretched, it doesn’t allow her to do complex ballet elements without any mistakes. Sure, these girls can easier rise their legs thank to soft joints and stretched muscles. But they should control their body and muscles in order to do quick movements, jumps and battements, hold the legs in balance without the help of arms; and this can be achieved only through the ballet. When gymnast comes into the carpet it could be clearly seen how she is prepared in terms of choreography: how she raises her arms, throws her legs in jumps. The right position should be taken at the top point of the jump, this also can be achieved only at choreography lessons. If a gymnast doesn’t go in for choreography, it easily can be noticed as her movements lack beauty and coordination. For example, if a gymnast is doing rotation, she should grab her foot with her hand, rise in releve and reverse the heel in the concrete moment and in addition to this she should feel her shoulder turn. Only complete body control and allows a gymnast to take the right position, feeling every muscle, and do good rotation. Only in this case the success is in her pocket and she becomes confident that she’ll always do this element even with the apparatus. Moreover, apparatus, whether it is a ball or a hoop, gives an additional force in rotation, gymnast should bear it in mind and feel when she should draw it away. So the right posture trained at choreography lessons helps gymnast not only to do various elements, but also to feel how to work with apparatus doing these elements. More than that, choreography means not only ballet, but folk and other dance styles. Girls are taught improvisation, so that they can dance on the go, this skill helps them to move from one element to another through the dance and to feel the rhythm (dance to the music). Rhythmic Gymnastics Judgment Rules include scores for artistry – harmonic body movements to the music. That’s why it’s necessary to fall in time at choreography lessons. Movements and elements learnt at choreography lessons can be used in exercises with apparatus. Some gymnasts start improvising on the base of the movements they know, and that drags them into the process of exercise preparation. In this case, coach, choreographer and gymnast work together, such cooperation leads to the best results. Today, when gymnasts do the most complicated elements on strength and flexibility, choreography has also changed. Now work at the ballet bar and in the middle of the dance room has to include gymnastics elements beside the classical ballet. When choreographer sees what elements are not easy for gymnasts, he/she includes them in choreography basic exercises at the bar and in the middle. Now choreography lesson at the bar teaches not only to control the body, but to do complicated elements on the carpet. Working at the bar it’s important to work out the feet and try to do exercises at quick tempo. Quick technique influences on jumps and other elements. While gymnast is working at the bar combining classical ballet and gymnastics elements, for example, adagio, she can turn to the wall, linger, load the foot, do element on the front balance, turn. Thus she combines classical movements, which don’t allow the body to relax and help to dance, and gymnastics movements, which will be done on the carpet in future. Very often choreographer may teach choreography in the middle with the apparatus. For example, if you take a ball you can do padebure with ‘eight”, plie with rolling etc. thus gymnast can learn to control her body and use apparatus at the same time. Such jumps as eshape, assamble, gabriole, kazachok with a 90 degrees balance stop etc. are necessary to strengthen the feet, they help to develop the right landing through the balls of feet. Only then you should do high jumps. Otherwise, gymnast may have problems with knees and feet. When explaining the elements choreographer shares his/her experience, he/she knows how every muscle should work and can explain it rightly. Ballet classes give your body beauty and health, teaches how to dance to music and prepares physically for complicated gymnastics elements. Tips 1. It’s important to come to the ballet classes in comfortable tight clothes with the hair done, so that fringe couldn’t bother you in motion. Thus a gymnast feels like a small ballerina and takes choreography lessons seriously 2. It’s not recommended to eat much before the classes, otherwise gymnast feel heavy and can’t train easily. It’s better to eat 2 hours before the classes.




What does my child wear?


To create a uniform look between all girls we recommend that your child wears black dance clothing. A leotard, dance shorts, dance leggings or dance top is acceptable. All students should have rhythmic gymnastics toe shoes or socks on their feet. No jewelry is allowed and hair must be pulled back into a ponytail or bun. Personal items should be left in the cubby holes. ORGDA is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.




Can I watch my child during practice?


For the safety and concentration of the child, we prefer if you do not watch. We have a parent waiting area where you may wait during your child's class.




Do you offer camps?


Yes, please visit our camps page




Do you have a competitive Rhythmic team?


Yes please visit our Rhythmic team facebook page




Where can I get more information about Rhythmic Gymnastics?


You can find more information at the USA Gymnastics website located at https://www.usagym.org/pages/rhythmic/pages/index.html




What are the Rhythmic Gymnastics apparatus?


Hoop, ball, rope, clubs and ribbon.




Do I need to purchase the Rhythmic apparatus?


Level 1 and 2 do not need their own apparatus. Level 3 and up do. Your child’s coach will inform you of what apparatus to purchase for your child.




How do I know what size Rhythmic apparatus to purchase for my child?


Your coach will help decide what is the best size for your child.





Enrollment, Trial class, Makeup class, and Drops

How do I enroll?


You can enroll online at https://www.orgdacademy.com/class-registration




Can my child participate in a trial class before enrolling?


Yes you may schedule a free trial class at https://www.orgdacademy.com/book-online/free-trial-class/book




Do you have open enrollment?


Yes we do. You may enroll your child at anytime throughout the year. We do not have sessions or semesters.




What if I join in the middle of the month?


You will only be charged for the weeks that you will attend for the remainder of the month.




What is your holiday/no class schedule?


Please visit our Holiday policies




What is your Summer schedule?


You may find our summer schedule at Class Schedule




Do you offer makeup classes?


Yes we offer a makeup classes. Please check with your child's coach about scheduling a makeup class.




What is your drop policy?


A 30 day WRITTEN notice of withdrawal will be required in order to withdrawal from class, and all tuition payments will be due until the end of that notice.

WE DO NOT ACCEPT WITHDRAWALS OVER THE PHONE OR THROUGH EMAIL. WE MUST RECEIVE A PHYSICAL COPY OF THE WITHDRAWAL FORM.




Do you offer private lessons?


Yes we offer private and semi-private lessons. You can schedule a private lesson at https://www.orgdacademy.com/book-online/private-class/book




How much is a private lesson?


Private lessons are $50 an hour and can be private or semi-private.




Do you offer financial aid?


Yes we do!if you qualified. please talk to your class coach to make a financial aid process.









Billing/Financial Questions

How much is tuition?


You can find our tuition information at https://www.orgdacademy.com/rhythmicgymnastic1class




Does ballet cost extra?


Yes! all dance classes are not included.




When is tuition due?


Tuition is due by the 1st of the month.




Do you charge late fees?


If we receive your payment after the 6th of the month, a $30.00 late fee will be applied to your account.




I enrolled in the middle of the month, will my tuition be prorated?


You will only be charged for the weeks that you will attend for the remainder of the month.




Do you offer a sibling discount?


Yes ! Second child get a 20% off.




If we miss a class, can we get a refund for the class missed?


ORDGA has open enrollment year round for all our classes. Each class is charged a monthly flat fee. The fee reserves the student’s place in the class whether or not she attends. There are no refunds for missed classes but we do offer makeup classes. Please check with your child's coach about scheduling a makeup class.




Who do I call for billing questions?


You could email us about your questions and we will get back to you as soon as possible.





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Website Issues


If you are having issues please make sure your browser is up-to date. Feel free to contact “orgdacademy@gmail.com” for website issues.





Camps FAQ

How do I enroll for camp?


Please Visit https://www.orgdacademy.com/rhythmic-gymnastics-summercamps for more camp information.




When do you offer camp?


We offer camps from June 24 through Aug 26




Where can I find the camp schedule online?


Please visit https://www.orgdacademy.com/rhythmic-gymnastics-summercamps




How old does my child have to be to attend to camp?


Morning camps are for children ages 5-8 and afternoon camps are for children 5-8 and 9-13.




Can boys attend camp?


Unfortunately we do not offer any boy camps.




How much is half day vs full day?


Half day tuition is $148 a week. Full day tuition is $288 a week.




What time does half day camp start and end?


Morning half day camp is from 8:30am-12:15pm, Afternoon half day is 12:30pm-3:30pm




What Level is the morning camp?


Morning camp is for beginner students level 1-3.




Can my child attend afternoon camp only?


Yes.




Can my child do both morning and afternoon camps even if they are not the correct age?


Children must meet the minimum age requirement to join our camps. over the age limite you may need to check with our professional advisors before you sign up.




What is the latest I can register my child?


You will need to register at least one week prior to the session you would like your child to attend.




If I do not show up for the session I reserved or I need to cancel, do I get receive a refund or credit


Yes you will get refund with a cancelation fee of $50




Do you offer a sibling discount for camps?


Yes, siblings get 20% discount.




Can I drop off my child early or pick up late?


not really! we will charge a later fee of $5 for each 15min.




Do they need to bring lunches, snacks or drinks?


Yes please have your child bring snacks and water. If your child is attending full day camps then please make sure they pack a healthy nutritious lunch.




What do they wear for camp?


For morning camps please have your child wear a leotard, dance shorts, dance leggings or dance top. All students should have rhythmic gymnastics toe shoes or socks on their feet. No jewelry is allowed and hair must be pulled back into a ponytail or bun. For afternoon camps your child may wear comfortable clothing.




Do they need to bring any apparatus?


If your child has a ball, rope or hoop they may bring them, otherwise we will have them on hand for them to use.




What do I do if my child needs to take medication while she is at camp?


All medications (including over the counter) MUST be sent in the original container with the student’s name and complete instructions attached. Parents/guardians should give all medications to the coach.. They will be secured throughout the program and dispensed by one of adult staff members. The medications will be returned to the parents/guardians at the end of the program. We do allow students to hold their own inhalers at the parent/guardian’s request though we cannot be responsible if the device is lost.









Rhythmic Team FAQ

What is the difference between a recreational class and team?


Level 1 and Level 2 are recreational classes. Level 3 and above are team classes. In order to perfect your rhythmic skills we encourage all girls who are Level 3 and above to be part of the competitive team. Competitive team gymnasts will compete in Rhythmic Gymnastics meets at a local, state, regional and national level.




When can my child join the competitive team?


All girls Level 3 and above can be part of the competitive team.




When can my child move up a team Level?


Evaluations are performed at the end of the meet season. Your child's coach will let you know what Level your child qualifies for.




Is my child required to attend all of the gymnastics meets?


All local meets are required and all away meets are strongly encouraged. Be aware that missing some meets may result in not qualifying to state, regional or national championships.




When will the competition schedule be released each year?


ORGDA needs to wait for USAG to announce the meets for the season. Once they do, we put together a schedule and release it to you. Schedules are released in November.




What is USAG?


United States of America Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. For more information on USAG please visit https://usagym.org/pages/aboutus/pages/about_usag.html




I have more questions about competing?Who do I contact?


Please let the coach know if your child is interested in competing.At the beginning of the season the RGNW parent board will have a parent meeting for those interested in having their children compete. This meeting is extremely beneficial and will cover all competitive team information. Please be sure to check your email for the date.









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