How to Teach Rhythmic Gymnastics Ribbons

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How to Teach Rhythmic Gymnastics Ribbons
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To teach rhythmic gymnastics with an apparatus, the instructor must first know musicality, anatomy, and a basic understanding of jazz dance. Students with advanced level gymnastics, aerial, dance and tumbling skills have an advantage. Routines may vary depending on whether the student will perform in a group or solo.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • leotard (optional)
  • 2 ribbons attached to a stick

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    Rhythmic Gymnastics Ribbons Warm-Up

  1. 1

    Develop hand-eye coordination between the student and their apparatus by having them create various simple shapes with the ribbons.

  2. 2

    Have the students draw large circles in the air with the ribbons, front to back.

  3. 3

    Have the students move the large circle from a front-to-back to a left-to-right motion.

  4. 4

    Have the students turn themselves around 360 degrees, while moving the ribbons in a large zigzag shape vertically.

  5. 5

    Have the students take the zigzag shape into a spiral while turning 360-degrees in the other direction.

  6. 6

    Have the students stand facing the front as they move the ribbons in a "cowboy" over-the-head motion while they pose on one leg to balance.

  7. 7

    Have the students make a figure-eight shape with the ribbons while kneeling on their knees and standing back up. Repeat as needed.

  8. 8

    Once they're on the floor, have the students move into various deep stretches and positions while recreating the same shapes as listed above.

    Rhythmic Gymnastic Ribbon Routine

  1. 1

    Depending on the level of your student, have them begin with a ribbon trick, such as flicking the ribbon stick into the air and catching it.

  2. 2

    Have the student perform a few turns with the ribbon spiralling around them.

  3. 3

    Have the student come out of the turns with a leap and the ribbon trailing through the air.

  4. 4

    Have the student land and prepare for floor tumbling while the ribbon is tossed into the air.

  5. 5

    Have the student perform a contortion move to stand back up as they pass the ribbon under their leg and hit a difficult position to finish.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure to have your students warm-up properly before dancing.
  • Catchy music will motivate the students to perform at their peaks.
  • Have the students constantly engaging their core muscles.
  • Students must always point their toes.
  • Do not try to push the student beyond their ability.
  • Refrain from negative feedback; use encouraging vocabulary and constructive criticism.

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