Ribbon Routine

Eyes On The Ribbon

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.

Keeping It Flying With Poise And Elegance

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


10 thoughts on “Ribbon Routine

  1. Brilliant shots of the ribbon performers. They look so focused, and also look like they are enjoying every moment of it too. This post brings me back to my primary school days in Malaysia where for half a year my class was taught ribbon twirling for our sports day showcase. I remember i had a lot of fun with it, and swinging the ribbon in sync with the rest of my class proved to be a challenge ๐Ÿ˜€

    • oh yeah, the girls were certainly doing their level best and having fun while they were at it, not just performing but cheering their team mates on. school sports day, they were big events for the school in in my days, wonder how it is now. ‘taught ribbon twirling for our sports day’ – sounds like a cbn/bbgs thingy, yes? regards, ken.

        • i think they still have their place, even today, it’s a classic and class act, always fun to see them ribbons twirling in formation, so much fluidity and energy. the trend now in kl is international schools, they are sprouting up everywhere. ken

  2. Hi there looks like that sometimes the illumination on the championships are not so good and shooting with slow shutter and and high ISO make it difficult to achieve some good pics but you have resolved it well ๐Ÿ˜€ nice shots ken ;D

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