I have always found rhythmic gymnastics much more aesthetically pleasing and less “brute force” than the standard gymnastics with the balance beam & vault. Both are amazing sports, but given my preference for dance, rhythmic gymnastics seems to require musicality and art infused with athleticism.
While I was familiar with individual rhythmic gymnastics, I recently found out that there is a whole new sector of rhythmic gymnastics that is a team sport. Check out the video above — I found the sustained poses really beautiful, with synchronicity that a group of ballet swans could only hope for. The complicated group movements seem effortless, and the tumbling passes really beautiful, especially when team members intertwine with each other in complicated and breath-defying near-misses.
This men’s group is from Aomori University in Japan. This music is also a step up from standard gymnastics as well.