Save Deriugina School




Anna Rizatdinova (UKR), World Champion in Hoop, Bronze Olympic Medallist in 2012 and Ireesha Blohina, her coach

For the first time in history, a part of “October Palace” has being evacuated which concerns Deriugina School of Gymnastics in Kiev. The rest of “October Palace” is not closing down but it is in the same critical condition. Deriugina School requests to save the whole building. As a result of this situation, the gymnasts who were training at this Sports Hall are not allowed to train inside.

The October Palace is officially known as the International Center of Culture and Arts”. This building was almost destroyed after Second World War, but was renovated between 1952 and 1959. During Euromaidan protest in 2014, the October Palace became occupied by protesters.

A part of this building is also the main training centre for the Deriugins School, the most important Rhythmic Gymnatics training center in Ukraine. After 2014 protest in Kiev, the gymnasts needed to leave this sports hall and moved to “Atlet” training center. A part of Deriugina School suffered a robbery.

Anna Bessonova

Anna Bessonova (UKR) – World Champion, 2004 and 2008 Olympic Bronze Medallist

“This building is not only a school of gymnastics, it is a legendary place for gymnasts in Ukraine, were World, European and Olympic medallist used to train. For us, it is like our second home” – said Olympian Anna Rizatdinova.

Deriugina School became a legend in Rhythmic Gymnastics history. It is (and it actually was) a second home, life and training center for thousand of gymnasts for 50 years. Last week, Albina Deriugina (founder of the school) claimed to Ukrainian Government not to close her school. Since 1992, this school runs the biggest international competition in Ukraine “Deriugina Cup”. European, World and Olympic medallist trained at this center.

At first of June of 2020, the Ukrainian authorities closed the access to October Palace for Deriugina School. You can support them under the hashtag #savederiuginaschool , a legendary Sports Hall in Rhythmic Gymnastics.


Albina Deriugina (main coach)

Irina Deriugina (main coach)

Ireesha Blohina (choreographer)


Notable Alumni


Ekaterina Serebrianskaya – Olympic Champion


Natalia Godunko- Olympian, World Champion in Groups


Anna Rizatdinova- Bronze Olympic Medallist


Tamara Yerofeeva- World Champion and Olympian


Khrystyna Pohranychna – Silver Olympic Youth Champion


Olena Dmytrash- Group Olympian, European Games and Universiade Medallist


Viktoriia Onopriienko- 5th , All-Around Junior European Championships


Oksana Skaldina (Olympic Bronze Medallist) and Aleksandra Tymoshenko (Olympic Champion)



Olena Dyachenko – 2 time Grand Prix Final medalist


Vlada Nikolchenko – World Championships Bronze Medallist in Clubs


Yevgeniya Gomon – World, European and Universiade Group Medallist


Yeva Meleshchuk – Champion in Clubs at Summer Universiade 2019



Alina Maksymenko- 2013 World Championship 3rd in final clubs, Olympian



Anastasiia Mulmina- 3 time Universiade Medallist

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Viktoriya Mazur- 3 time World Team Competition bronze medalist.


Anna Bessonova – 2007 All around World Champion, two-time All around Olympic bronze medalist (2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing)

Impact of the COVID-19 on the upcoming Rhythmic Gymnastics Events


Katsiaryna Halkina (BLR)


Rhythmic Gymnastics – Marbella Grand Prix (14-15 March) is postponed. A new date will be announced later.


Rhythmic Gymnastics –  Kiev Grand Prix (21-22 March) is postponed. A new date will be announced later.


Rhythmic Gymnastics – Thiais Grand Prix (28-29 March) is cancelled. No Grand Prix Thiais until 2021

Rhythmic Gymnastics – The Pesaro World Cup (3-5 April) was postponed to 5-7 June 2020. By now, these days are pending under FIG decision. 

Rhythmic Gymnastics – The Sofia World Cup (10-12 April) is postponed. A new date will be announced later.

Rhythmic Gymnastics – The Tashkent World Cup (17-19 April 2020) is postponed. New dates will be communicated later.

Rhythmic Gymnastics – The Baku World Cup (24-26 April 2020) is postponed. New dates will be announced.

New Directives for each event will be published soon.


Natalia Garcia (ESP)

Grand Prix Marbella and Grand Prix Thiais are officially cancelled

Grand Prix Marbella (Spain)- Postponed Official Communication by Organizers:

Dear Friends:

In the last few days some countries don’t allow their sportsmen and sportswoman travel to other countries due to COVID-19 health problema. Italy, Bulgaria, Russia and Georgia were the first who cancelled their participation.

The situation in the city and surroundings is estable, anyways the organization decided to postpone Grand Prix Marbella 2020.

The Organizing Committee deeply regrets this last minute cancellation.


Arina Averina (RUS) at Grand Prix Marbella 2019



Grand Prix Thiais (France)- Cancelled- Official Press Communication by Organizers:

Dear friends,

The situation of the Coronavirus virus – COVID 19 in France leads the Organizing Committee to cancel the 34th edition of the Internationaux de Thiais scheduled for next March 28 and 29, in view of the risks that this could cause the foreign delegations taking part and the public many who attend the event.


Dina Averina (RUS) at Grand Prix Thiais 2019

Several delegations have already canceled their participation in the Brno Grand Prix scheduled for this weekend as well as in the Marbella Grand Prix scheduled for next week. They will do the same for the Grand Prix de Thiais.

Our disappointment is great and that of the gymnasts and their staff and the public will be even greater as we can imagine.

However, we cannot – in the absence of certainty as to the continuation in stage 2 of the epidemic by March 28 – to maintain the competition.


Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS) at Grand Prix Thiais 2019

Stage 3 during which the virus circulates and is transmissible on the whole territory, could be set up in the short term and thus oblige us to cancel the competition a few days before and thus penalize both the delegations and the public who would have bought their tickets.

Beyond the city of Thiais alone, spectators today come from all over the metropolis and even from abroad.

For spectators who have already bought their place, a reimbursement procedure will be put in place by the organizing committee. All information will be present on the site and on social networks as soon as possible.

The Organizing Committee deeply regrets this case of force majeure and renounces only forced and forced. He hopes that everyone will understand the position taken and see you all in March 2021

With our best regards.


Grand Prix Deriugina Cup – Kiev- Postponed

Ukrainian Rhythmic Gymnastics National Team coach, Ireesha Blohina confirms that Grand Prix Kiev will be postponed.


Vlada Nikolchenko and Ireesha Blohina (UKR)


Russia could not participate in any competition until April due to Coronavirus


Arina Averina (RUS), last weekend at Miss Valentine Tartu Grand Prix 

Czech media confirms that Russian National Team won’t participate at the next stage of Grand Prix Series in Brno, Czech Republic due to the spread of Coronavirus. The Israeli team is ready to come if the absence of athletes from Italy is confirmed. The Romanian national team was excluded from participation.

This information was given by a member of Czech Union of Gymnastics and it is not official.

By the moment, both Federations (Russia and Israel) haven’t confirmed this. On the other hand, these Federations haven’t contacted the organization of the following Grand Prix Series. According to the information given by Grand Prix Marbella organization, Russia and Israel are still confirmed by the date.

Coronavirus is causing a big health crisis in whole Europe at the moment. The human coronaviruses mainly infect the upper respiratory and gastrointestinal tract. They often result in upper respiratory tract infections (simple colds) in humans, causing mild illnesses usually of short lasting nature with a rhinitis, cough, sore throat, as well as fever. There are still many unknowns regarding to the virulence and pathogenicity of the virus, the severity of affected patients, its transmission patterns, reservoir and source of infection.


Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)

Aleksandra Soldatova opens up about her disease

Russian rhythmic gymnastics star, Aleksandra Soldatova revealed two days ago she was suffering from an eating disorder: bulimia. Just a few days before she talked to Tass Press Agency, Russian yellow press confirmed that Aleksandra tried to commit suicide and she was admited into a psychiatric ward at a hospital in Moscow. Hours later, her coach Anna Dyachenko published on her Instagram account a video of Sasha, saying that she was at the hospital because she had an accident with a knife during breakfast, rejecting all press declarations. Sasha appeared for a Gala Show at Grand Prix in Moscow this weekend.

Aleksandra Soldatova

However, this recent reports led Soldatova to open up on her battle with bulimia for at least, two years, that has constantly affected her. She confirmed she told to her coaches that she was suffering from this disease in summer of 2018. Anna Dyachenko, her coach, talked to her for up to three hours.

“Every time when I faced the choice: sport or my health, I chose sport.”

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She could compete at the European Championships in 2019, getting good results. After this, she was admitted to the hospital again for a month.

“But after training, everything got worse again and Irina Viner said that I should first fully recover, feel more confident about myself”


Aleksandra Soldatova

The alarms lighted up when in September of last year, Soldatova lost consciousness at a World Cup event in Portugal, leading to her being left out of the Russian team for that month’s World Championships. She confirmed that she ate alone and went everywhere alone, ignoring what was going on with her while her health condition was getting worse.

“My life was divided between my battle with the illness and this beautiful sport.”



Soldatova said she is taking a career break and not in a rush with her treatment, acknowledging that “professional sports and bulimia are not compatible, especially when you need to prepare for the Olympic Games.”

Source: Tass Agency

Interview to Natalia Garcia Timofeeva


Natalia García (ESP)

Natalia Garcia has been for 9 years one of the most important Rhythmic Gymnast in Spain and now, she is fighting for the qualification to Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020. In April 2020, four individual gymnasts could have the chance to qualify to Olympics in four different World Cup Competitions. In addition, another European gymnast, could also qualify in the next European Championships in Kiev, Ukraine.

This is my last opportunity. In case I could compete in Tokyo, this would be for sure my last competition. I have been a gymnast for years and after Olympic Games is the best time to finish my career as a gymnast.

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Natalia García 8ESP)

“I train between six and eight hours a day: we go to the gym, we have ballet and stretching sessions and also we practice with hoop, ball, ribbon and clubs. For the next season our coach and I were focusing about a new clubs exercise, but we are also thinking about a new ribbon routine.”


Natalia Garcia

Natalia García (ESP)

She performs elements that are quite rare elements and this is because of her charisma. She wants to attract attention from the judges and of course, the audience. In 2017 she underwent surgery (hip injury) and she had to stop doing gymnast for almost a year.  Now she feels ready for the new season.


Natalia García (ESP)


Rhythmic Gymnastics Summer Training Camp in Ibiza with Russian Coach L. Dmitrova


Russian honored coach, Lyudmila Dmitrova organizes in beautiful island of Ibiza, Spain, an exclusive Summer Training Camp. High level coaches from the Russian Federation and a ballerina/ballet teacher will also participate in this training camp. This is an unique opportunity to train with a RG stars coach. Dmitrova was a choreographer for gymnasts like Alina Kabaeva, Aleksandra Soldatova, Natalia Lipovskaya, Julia Barsukova, Olga Kapranova and Eugenia Kanaeva, among others. She also worked for National Spanish Team in 2002. During this camp, your routines can be analyzed by her. The minimum age to participate is 7 years old. Coaches are also welcome.


Aleksandra Soldatova (RUS)


Santa Eulalia, Ibiza (Spain).


From 10 am to 1 pm and from 4pm to 8 pm


The prices depends on the age and level of the gymnast.



From 28th of July to 30th of August


Natalia Lipkovskaya (RUS)


Alina Kabaeva (RUS)

Information About European Games Minsk 2019

From June 21 to June 30, 2019, the Republic of Belarus will become a host of the 2nd European Games, which are held every four years under the direction of the European Olympic Committees. Eight sports will become qualifying to the Olympic Games 2020 in Tokyo.

Rhythmic Gymnastics competition will be at Minsk Arena from 22nd to 23rd of June. Just 12 athletes will compete in Minsk and due to UEG regulations just one gymnast of each country is allowed to compete.




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Andreea Verdes (ROU)


Zohra Aghamirova (AZE)


Nicol Ruprecht (AUT)


Fanny Pigniczky (HUN)


Alexandra Agiurgiuculese (ITA)


Salome Pazhava (GEO)

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Linoy Ashram (ISR)


Vlada Nikolchenko (UKR)


Katrin Taseva (BUL)


Eleni Kelaiditi (GRE)


Katsiaryna Halkina (BLR)


Arina Averina (RUS)


Ten most popular leotards on Rhythmic Gymnastics


Bianka Panova (BUL)

Bianka Panova is one of the top five Bulgarian gymnasts of all the time. This leotard was simple and, at the same time, recreates the beauty of nature.


Alina Kabaeva (RUS)

Two thousand and one was the first year that the code of points allow to sew a skirt on leotards. Alina Kabaeva surprised the audience with this sequined flower leotard for her folk clubs routine.


Dina Averina (RUS)

Russians always want to innovate with the most expensive and original leotards. This jumpsuit worn by Dina Averina was one of the most originals ever seen.


Almudena Cid (ESP)

Almudena Cid designed this leotard for her last ribbon routine called “Ave Fenix”. The story behind this leotard was about the retirement of Almudena.


Spanish Senior Team

Olympic Champions in Atlanta 1996, were forced to wear this leotard, which suspiciously reminded the logo of a Spanish brand. This could cost their the Olympic Medal, since advertisments on leotards were forbidden.


Melitina Staniouta (BLR)

Melitina’s flower leotard became really popular in 2009 and was an inspiration for many leotard designers.


Evgeniya Kanaeva (RUS)

This leotard was made in exclusive for Olympic Champion, Evgeniya Kanaeva, in 2012. It has more than 7000 Swarovski stones on it.


Anna Bessonova (UKR)

Anna was wearing this leotard which was inspired on Ukrainian traditional dance, called “Hopak”.


Ekaterina Serebrianskaya (UKR)

At that time, she was wearing the most trendy leotards: this pink one and her legendary spots leo.



Katsiaryna Halkina (BLR)

A beautiful Geisha made of crystal stones can be seen on this leotard.

Interview to Aleksandra Soldatova


Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics senior team member, Aleksandra Soldatova, gave an exclusive interview to Russian TV after World Championships.

How do you feel after a good performance?

I have to say that of course when you perform a clean routine and so that you get a high score, that is such a good feeling. But also I know that isn’t still your limit. That is maybe one of the bests moments for a gymnast.

Do you usually cry during trainings?

I remember when I was a kid I used not to cry. At least I tried not to. Even if the coach shout to me. Right now it is kinda different. I usually cry because of my feelings, mostly happiness.

Alexandra Soldatova
Have you ever think in stop doing gymnastics?

There were a lot of moments that I thought to just give up. But then, I believe this is just a way to reach a medal.

Did you start doing gymnastics because of Rhythmic Gymnastics Stars?

When I started doing gymnastics I didn’t know Kabaeva, Kanaeva… I just liked gymnastics and that’s why I focused on it. I even wasn’t interested in Olympic Games or World Championships.

How did you met Anna Dyachenko (Shumilova)?

I don’t remember clearly. But I got close to her really soon and, then, I understood how a great person and coach she is. I respect her a lot.

What would you say to those who have you to stop doing gymnastics?

That words make me feel mad at them. Of course gymnasts have a lot of injuries and suffer from pain. But I feel that I have to do something for this sport.

How is Irina Alexandrovna Viner as a coach?

Without her I could not have any medals. When I am training even over 10 hours a day, of course I feel really tired. But I am thankful to her because she helps me a lot. Instead of thinking “I am exhausted” I think, “Thank you Irina Alexandrova for spending this time with me”.

Could you describe how was this last year for you?

Extremely hard. I injured my leg. It was such a long recovery. I also missed European Championships. I was quite sure I was going to this event. I had to say that before I got injured, I performed my routines as clean as I could. I was ready for EC. I remember how I start feeling the pain in my leg during leaps. Then the doctors realized my leg was broken. Once I knew that, I started crying. I think I will regret of not going to EC the rest of my life…

Aleksandra Soldatova