Rhythmic gymnastics is all about flexibility, strength, body coordination, poise and elegance. It’s derived from various dance styles like ballet, dance and acrobatics with expressive movements and the manipulation of apparatuses such as a ball, clubs, hoop, rope and ribbon.
The ribbon is a single strip of fabric, usually made of satin and attached to a stick. Within a ribbon routine, a gymnasts create all sorts of patterns with the ribbon, including spirals, circles and snakes while keeping the ribbon in motion, without it ever touching the ground throughout the entire routine. If at any point a knot is formed or the ribbon touches the floor, points are deducted from the score.
My younger daughter is keen on the sport, recently she passed her ribbon, rope, loop and clubs routines at a grading event to complete her level 1 grading, where I took candid shots of the event and some of participants performing their routines. The ones here are some performing their ribbon routine.
All photos: Fujifilm X-E2 with XF 55-200 mm