WHAT IS RHYTHMIC EXPRESSIONS ?
In 1995, Evelyn Koop, the founder of the Rhythmic Expressions, realized an old dream: to create a company that could lift her beloved rhythmic gymnastics to levels where it would be recognized as one of the performing arts. It would also mean returning to the roots of what has become an Olympic sport of the highest caliber: the rhythmic group performance. For this new team, she selected 12 girls, most of whom were former RG competitors, some who came from a background of dance performance.
WHY WAS RHYTHMIC EXPRESSIONS CREATED?
Rhythmic gymnastics was created for women, to suit their physiology and strengthen the long muscles of the body, emphasizing flexibility, coordination, balance and harmony of movements and music. It teaches specific locomotor and apparatus skills and is the most beautiful of sports, containing elements of dance related to ballet. It seems natural to incorporate drama, to create routines that express feelings and tell a story.
EVELYN KOOP AND RHYTHMIC EXPRESSIONS (AGG)
Evelyn Koop has promoted this form of gymnastics, now called Aesthetic Group Gymnastics (AGG) since she began to develop the sport in Canada in the 1950's. Kalev's performance groups were soon famous and much sought after for many events. Kalev's Senior Elite (link to the Elite programs HERE) travelled and performed around the world.
Ten years later, the "Rhythmic Expressions" had grown to a size where the club had two senior and two junior international competition teams, in addition to many AGG groups at levels from Child to Adult, from pre-competitive and Interclub, to Provincial and National. The club's "Rhythmic Expressions" team had represented Canada at every AGG World Championship, the only Canadians to do so. The group had also been selected as the only Canadian representative at the FIG Galas of the World Gymnaestradas during this period of time, in 1999 and 2003. And, again, at the FIG Gala of 2007 - link HERE!
This division of Kalev Estienne was now re-named the "Kalev AGG Academy", with the purpose of continuing to develop the sport in Canada, training gymnasts to the point that they are capable of achieving good results in high-level international competitions. To recognize the success of the club in International AGG, Canada was awarded the AGG World Championships 2008!
PAST AGG PERFORMANCES
Two Performances at Roy Thompson Hall
Former members of the "Rhythmic Expressions":
"Alumnae Elite" (REC)
Prior to the existence of AGG, Kalev had its Performance Elite teams. The Senior Elite group travelled and performed all over the world and became well known nationally and internationally. Several of the former members of the Senior Elite have continued to train on their own. They still perform and occasionally compete, e.g. at "Red Ribbon".
- Pan American Championships / Merida, Mexico
- 3rd Four Continents AGG Championships / Chicago, USA
- AGG Nordic Cup / Denmark
- World Championships, Faroe Islands
- "Red Ribbon"
- 2nd Four Continents AGG Championships, Japan
- World Championships, Moscow, Russia- video!
- 1st Four Continents AGG Championships
- World Cup III, Sofia, Bulgaria
- Roy Thomson Hall performance
- "Gym for Life" Challenge, Cape Town, South Africa
- World Championships, Lahti, Finland
- World Cup IV, Challenge Cup III, University Students event
- Challenge Cup II & Junior Worlds, Sofia, Bulgaria
- Challenge Cup I, Budapest, Hungary
- World Championships in Cartagena, Spain- video!
- World Cup Finals in Varna, Bulgaria
- Junior World Championships in Varna, Bulgaria
- Challenge Cup Finals in Moscow, Russia
- AGG World Championships in Tartu, Estonia- video!
- World Cup, Vigo, Spain
- Junior World Championships, Vigo, Spain
- "Koop Cup", Toronto- videos!
- World Championships in Varna, Bulgaria
- World Cup III Barcelona, Spain
- AGG World Championships in Moscow, Russia
- "Miss Valentine" in Tallinn, Estonia
- AGG World Championships in Toronto, Canada
- World Cup V (Vantaa)
- World Cup III (Cartagena)
- World Cup II (Prague)
- 13th World Gymnaestrada in Dornbirn, Austria
- AGG World Championships in Salou, Spain
- World Cup II, Prague, Czech Republic
- World Cup IV in Helsinki, Finland
- AGG Worlds in Tampere, Finland
- AGG Junior Worlds in Tallin, Estonia
- AGG Junior Worlds in Plzen, Czech Republi
- AGG Worlds in Copenhagen, Denmark
- AGG Worlds in Sofia, Bulgaria
- "Spring Breeze" in Estonia
- 12th World Gymnaestrada in Lisbon, Portugal
- AGG World Championships in Graz, Austria when IFAGG and CAGG were formed!
- "Miss Valentine" in Estonia
- AGG World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic
- AGG World Championships in Tallinn, Estonia
- ESTO, Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto
- First AGG World Championships, Finland
- 11th World Gymnaestrada, Gothenburg, Sweden
- "Galaxy", Betty Oliphant Theatre, Toronto
- Cape Town, South Africa
- "Four Elements", Premiere Dance Theatre, Toronto
- ESTO, Stockholm - Tallinn
- "Four Seasons", DuMaurier Theatre, Toronto