KALEV ACADEMY FOR AESTHETIC GYMNASTICS 


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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!


AGG RULES

Click here for a full list of AGG rules. 


PAST AGG PERFORMANCES


Two Performances at Roy Thompson Hall 


Former members of the "Rhythmic Expressions":


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Malia                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Rimrott

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Malia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Rimrott


                                        Laura Käis, Noella Pärn, Caitlin Chin, Rosanna Tso, Alexandra Lukashova, Esther Chi, Dora Yudeikin, Marie-Eve Saint Arnaud

                                        Laura Käis, Noella Pärn, Caitlin Chin, Rosanna Tso, Alexandra Lukashova, Esther Chi, Dora Yudeikin, Marie-Eve Saint Arnaud


                                        Diana Kwon, Stephani Viinamae, Christina Koop, Stephanie Koop, Dasha Yurova, Varia Aleksandrova, Zoe Goldstein, Michelle Hankin

                                        Diana Kwon, Stephani Viinamae, Christina Koop, Stephanie Koop, Dasha Yurova, Varia Aleksandrova, Zoe Goldstein, Michelle Hankin


                                        Ashley Hassard, Katriina Isberg, Carolyn Rotenberg, Maria Niderman, Katia Kharlip, Alexis Byford, Carolyn Hertha, Danielle Graham

                                        Ashley Hassard, Katriina Isberg, Carolyn Rotenberg, Maria Niderman, Katia Kharlip, Alexis Byford, Carolyn Hertha, Danielle Graham


                                       Michelle Kushevsky, Natalia Artimieva, Jane Gasinova, Kerstin Koop, Jackie Graham, Nataliya Murzenko, Kimberly Deacon, Emilie Livingston

                                       Michelle Kushevsky, Natalia Artimieva, Jane Gasinova, Kerstin Koop, Jackie Graham, Nataliya Murzenko, Kimberly Deacon, Emilie Livingston


                                       Vanessa Livingsto, Talvi Kuld, Nina Dobreva, Elena Tkachenka, Kelly Brack, Katie O'Sullivan, Maria Ionova, Irina Funtikova

                                       Vanessa LivingstoTalvi KuldNina DobrevaElena Tkachenka, Kelly Brack, Katie O'Sullivan, Maria Ionova, Irina Funtikova


                                       Christina Holz, Tatiana Kastsenkava, Tamar Krauss, Jessica Helps, Melissa Jung, Susanna Wadsten, Katrin Villman, Ann Ravens

                                       Christina Holz, Tatiana Kastsenkava, Tamar KraussJessica Helps, Melissa JungSusanna WadstenKatrin Villman, Ann Ravens


                                      Evi Stabler, Veronica Tieze, Kelly Li, Triinu Kimmel, Lisanne Cruz, Tanya Cutrone, Emily Sorell, Jessie Sorell

                                      Evi Stabler, Veronica Tieze, Kelly Li, Triinu KimmelLisanne Cruz, Tanya Cutrone, Emily Sorell, Jessie Sorell


                                     Kaia Rannem, Clare McFarquhar, Gloria Hui, Shirra Cremer, Janine Romeiko, Rebecca Lovisek, Maria Karagiorgakis, Katie McMahon

                                     Kaia Rannem, Clare McFarquharGloria HuiShirra Cremer, Janine Romeiko, Rebecca Lovisek, Maria Karagiorgakis, Katie McMahon


                                     Heli Ode, Taimi Petersoo, Inge Foulds, Liina Guiter, Michelle, Bernstein, Talvi Hess, Helve Hess, Nikki Pakjou

                                     Heli OdeTaimi PetersooInge Foulds, Liina Guiter, Michelle, Bernstein, Talvi Hess, Helve Hess, Nikki Pakjou


"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".


Former coaches: 


PAST EVENTS:

2015

  • World Championships, Faroe Islands
  • "Red Ribbon" 
  • 2nd Four Continents AGG Championships, Japan 

2014

  • World Championships, Moscow, Russia- video!
  • 1st Four Continents AGG Championships
  • World Cup III, Sofia, Bulgaria
  •  Roy Thomson Hall performance 

2013

  • "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 

2012

  • World Championships in Cartagena, Spain- video!
  • World Cup Finals in Varna, Bulgaria
  • Junior World Championships in Varna, Bulgaria 

2011

  • 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!

2010

  • World Championships in Varna, Bulgaria
  • World Cup III Barcelona, Spain 

2009

  • AGG World Championships in Moscow, Russia
  • "Miss Valentine" in Tallinn, Estonia

2008

  • AGG World Championships in Toronto, Canada
  • World Cup V (Vantaa)
  • World Cup III (Cartagena) 
  • World Cup II (Prague) 

2007

  • 13th World Gymnaestrada in Dornbirn, Austria
  • AGG World Championships in Salou, Spain
  • World Cup II, Prague, Czech Republic

2006

  • World Cup IV in Helsinki, Finland
  • AGG Worlds in Tampere, Finland
  • AGG Junior Worlds in Tallin, Estonia

2005

  • AGG Junior Worlds in Plzen, Czech Republi
  • AGG Worlds in Copenhagen, Denmark

2004

  • AGG Worlds in Sofia, Bulgaria
  • "Spring Breeze" in Estonia 

2003

  • 12th World Gymnaestrada in Lisbon, Portugal
  • AGG World Championships in Graz, Austria when IFAGG and CAGG were formed!
  • "Miss Valentine" in Estonia

2002

  • AGG World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic

2001

  • AGG World Championships in Tallinn, Estonia

2000

  • ESTO, Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto
  • First AGG World Championships, Finland

1999

  • 11th World Gymnaestrada, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • "Galaxy", Betty Oliphant Theatre, Toronto

1997

  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • "Four Elements", Premiere Dance Theatre, Toronto

1996

  • ESTO, Stockholm - Tallinn
  • "Four Seasons", DuMaurier Theatre, Toronto