Rhythmic Gymnastics: Feelings


Vlada Nikolchenko and her coach Ireesha Blohina (UKR)

Rhythmic Gymnastics is a very emotive sport: isnt’t it? Gymnasts are rivals but they are also best friends. We all even can see the good relationship between coaches and their gymnast. Natural development through games and sport gives a deep feeling of accomplishment. Emotion is a central feature of Rhythmic Gymnastics. Gymnasts, as well as supporters, could experience many emotions, such as joy, sadness, anger, fear, anxiety, shame or guilt, and pride. Most emotion theorists argue that emotions have the power to motivate and regulate cognitions and behaviors in sport.


Yana Kudryavtseva (RUS) and her coach Elena Karpushenko moments before competition

Happiness  and  joy  are  associated  with  the  attainment  of  important  goals  and the  demonstration  of  competence, such as winning medals.  When they are happy, gymnasts are more likely to smile and embrace significant others (for example, their team partner). Although they could be rivals, Margarita Mamun and Yana Kudryavtseva were really close to each other during Olympic Games.  Loss is more likely to lead to sadness,  with  tell-tale  facial  expressions,  occasional crying,  initial  behavioral  isolation,  and  the  urge to  seek  comfort  from  others. Aliya Garayeva from Azerbaijan cried after qualifying 4th at Olympic Games All Around Final.


Ekaterina Halkina (BLR)



Fear is triggered by  the  appraisal  of  impending  danger  related  to physical or psychological harm. Ekaterina Halkina confirmed some weeks ago that she suffered from anxiety. The fear emotion  can  activate  fear-related  memories  and learned behaviors, thus increasing the strength of the fear response.

Margarita mamun

Margarita Mamun (RUS)

Olympic Champion in 2016, Margarita Mamun starred the documentary by Marta Prus Over the Limit, “an intimate portrait of the world’s most outstanding rhythmic gymnast Margarita Mamun who needs to overcome mental fragility to take part in the Olympic Games.” This riveting documentary reaveals a behind-the-scenes drama about the intensive physical and mental labor put into a sport which thrieves on its beautiful aesthetics.

Gesture in rhythmic gymnastics is deliberate, elaborate, adjusted and designed for a spectacular effect. Its purpose is to make the gymnast’s performance bright and rich. Every gesture has the exact meaning, conveys emotions, feelings and mood, helps to design the whole message of the composition. Many gymnasts open up their emotions on their routines.


Natalia Garcia (ESP)

Even a professional rhythmic gymnast sometimes can’t calm her nerves at the right moment, relax and ease unnecessary tension. In such situation there’s a risk of “psychological breakdown”.



Tears of Spanish Senior Group (Gold Medal) during Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games



Yana Kudryatseva (RUS) mistake at Rio Olympic Games

Many other gymnasts suffered from eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia. Russian rhythmic gymnastics star, Aleksandra Soldatova revealed a few weeks 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. Spanish promising star, Olatz Rodríguez (17 years old) confirmed in her own Instagram site that she is suffering (and still recovering) from anorexia.

Aleksandra Soldatova

Aleksandra Soldatova (RUS)

10 Facts about Aleksandra Soldatova


Aleksandra Soldatova is one of the most beloved gymnast of the world by the audience. Would you like to know some facts about her?


“My idols are Alina Kabaeva and Aleksei Nemov”
Both are Russian gymnastics star: Alina is currently a politician and Nemov has his own gymnastics show.


Aleksandra broke two teeth during trainings last week because of a club.

Sasha Soldatova

She would choose a landscape as a holiday place. She loves the nature.


She respects Dina and Arina Averina and thinks they are both very strong gymnasts.


Sasha loves animals and, in fact, she lives with a cat.

Aleksandra Soldatova

She shares a room in Novogorsk with Olympic Champion in 2016 in group, Vera Biryukova.

Alexandra Soldatova

She really appreciates her relationship with her coach, Anna Dyachenko (Shumilova).


She is one of the Under Armour sports brand ambassadors in Russia.



At the beggining of the season, she chose this black leotard for her hoop routine. Irina Viner advised her to choose another one instead of the black one since this was too dark.


She tries to eat really healthy and avoids any kinds of fattening food and sweets, but she loves hot chocolate drink.

Grand Prix Marbella Photos: II


Viktoriia Onopriienko (UKR)


Viktoriia Onopriienko (UKR)


Aleksandra Soldatova (RUS)


Sara Llana (ESP)


María Añó (ESP)


Irina Annenkova (RUS)


Arina Averina (RUS)


Arina Averina (RUS)


Aleksandra Soldatova (RUS)


Aleksandra Soldatova (RUS)


Anastasiya Guzenkova (RUS)


Anastasiya Salos (BLR)


Elizaveta Iampolskaia (MDA)


Elizaveta Iampolskaia (MDA)


Elizaveta Iampolskaia (MDA)


Elizaveta Iampolskaia (MDA)


María Añó (ESP)


María Añó (ESP)


María Añó (ESP)


Noa Ros (ESP)


Viktoriia Onopriienko (UKR)

Polina Berezina

Polina Berezina (ESP)


Viktoriia Onopriienko (UKR)


Viktoriia Onopriienko (UKR)

Rhythmic Gymnastics: Make-Up


Yanika Vartlaan (UKR)

Foundation, eye shadows, powder, blush… Gymnasts always wear beautiful make-up during competitions.

The style depends on the choices of the gymnast, since there is no regulation about make-up for competitions. In Aesthetic Gymnastics, make-up has become relevant as a way of expression.

Some of them choose natural make up such as Anna Rizatdinova or heavy smoky eyes such as Yanika Vartlaan. Even a cosmetics brand, GOSH cosmetics, is promoting Belarusian team. Spanish former gymnast, Almudena Cid, filmed a tutorial about Rhythmic Gymnastics Makeup.

Russian team is including in their summer camps make-up lessons.

The Ukrainian smokey eye


Yanika Vartlaan and Vlada Nikolchenko are inspired on Tamara Yerofeeva’s early 00’s smokey dark make-up. You can do a similar effect using this Urban Decay “Naked Smoky”


The Eyeliner

This item makes your eyes look bigger. You can draw it with a pencil eyeliner or a liquid one. Kat Von D “Tattoo liner”, is very precise.


Carolina Rodriguez (ESP)


Red Lips

As simple as that. If you don’t want to wear heavy makeup, this lipstick colour has to be on your basics. This one by MAC “Russian red” is one of the most sold lipsticks all around the world.

Anna rizatdinova

Anna Rizatdinova (UKR)

Blue tones

Silviya Miteva and Katsiaryna Halkina use a cast of blue tones on their eyes. Another example of palette that suits these colours is a limited edition HUDA BEAUTY “Sapphire Obsessions” Eyeshadow palette.



10 Most Amazing Rhythmic Gymnastics starting positions

Rhythmic Gymnastics routines are not only exercises with apparatus difficulty. There is also artristy on them. The gymnasts could act during their routine with elements that have no value but, on the other hand, they give artistic sense to their routines. These are some examples:


Maria Petrova from Bulgaria. This could be one of the most famous starting positions in Rhythmic Gymnastics history and one of Maria’s most original routines.


Katrin Taseva (BUL) starts and ends her 2018 ball routine with this curious position.


Viktoriya Mazur (UKR) started this lovely ball routine with the ball between her foot.


Alina Kabaeva (RUS), who introduced contortion elements to rhythmic gymnastics at the end of 90’s.


Anna Rizatdinova (UKR) began 2013 season with this suggestive ball starting position.

Elizabeth Paysieva (BUL) starting her rope routine showing her back flexibility skills.


Anna Bessonova (UKR) started her dramatic “Avrora” hoop routine holding the hoop between her wrists.

Viktoria Shynkarenko (UKR) deep look to judges.


Silviya Miteva (BUL) holding the ball on her arms.

154DCE28-E599-4C61-88FF-81330280750A.jpegTamara Yerofeeva (UKR) starting with a balance that continued with a tourlent.


International Summer Camp in Dubai with Russian Champions


Dubai Youth Olympic School of Rhythmic Gymnastics organizes a summer camp training in Dubai from July 1st to August 31st.
The camp consist of Rhythmic gymnastics master classes, ballet and dance. It also includes individual training with world class coaches and choreography of FIG routines (The Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique).

Kseniya Dzhalaganiya is a former European and World Champion Rhythmic Gymnast, who founded Dubai Gymnastics Federation. Oksana Skaldina was her coach. One of her main goals is becoming European Junior Champion in 1998 and World Champion in groups in 2002.

For further details please email: at info@uae-gymnastics.com


Gymnasts’ Signatures/ Autographs (I)

How is the signature of your favorite gymnast? Have you ever imagined? During press conferences or after competitions gymnasts sign pictures and they even receive gifts for their dearest fans!

IMG_5617Margarita Mamun (RUS) – Euskalgym 2015


Margarita Mamun’s autograph


Margarita Mamun (RUS)- Euskalgym 2015



Aleksandra Soldatova (RUS) – Euskalgym 2015

IMG_5621Dina & Arina  Averina


Neviana vladinova

Neviana Vladinova (BUL)


Carolina rodriguez euskalgym

Anna Rizatdinova & Viktoriya Mazur (UKR)

News about Russian Group



Just in the middle of this season, Sofiya Skomorokh got injured. A few days after, the whole Russian National Group flew to Israel, where the new composition of the group was decided.

The members of the group after this camp were: Anastasiya Maksimova, Maria Tolkacheva, Anastasiya Bliznyuk, Anastasiya Tatareva and Kseniya Polyakova. Kseniya made her debut in Russian National Championships last weekend. Head member of the group, Anastasiya Maksimova said that Kseniya was “a good choice”.


From left to Right: Kseniya Polyakova, Maria Tolkacheva, Anastasiya Bliznyuk, Anastasiya Maksimova and Anastasiya Tatareva


On the other hand, Russian Group is not traveling to Rio Test Event that is going to be held this weekend. Irina Viner-Usmanova said that Group is not traveling because “traveling 18 hours to Rio for just a weekend is non-sense”.

– “We have already seen videos of the competition area and we built a plataform in Novogorsk, like the one that is going to be in Rio.”

Irina Viner-Usmanova also spoke about Sofiya’s injury.

– “Unfortunatly, Sofiya Skomorokh got injured last month. So we had to find a replacement. The new member of the group is Kseniya Polyakova”

All Pictures Copyright by Oleg Naumov for Russian Federation

Information about LA Lights 2016


L.A. Lights is an international Rhythmic Gymnastics tournament that is held in Los Angeles, California. The competition is also known as “The Tournament of Champions”.

There is a lot of expectation around this meeting, since top level gymnasts around the world will show their new compositions. Some of them, Melitina Staniouta (BLR), Anna Rizatdinova (UKR), Katsiaryna Halkina (BLR) and Carolina Rodríguez (ESP) will participate here perhaps with the same exercises as they will perform in Olympic Games in Rio.

Other names that are already confirmed are Anastasiya Mulmina, Eleonora Romanova and Viktoriya Mazur from Ukraine. From Belarus, Mariya Trubach.


  • Thursday, Jan 21, 2016
    Arrival of Delegations
    Corporate Center Training
    Coaches/Judges  Meeting
  • Friday, Jan 22, 2016
    Competition Begins
  • Saturday, Jan 23, 2016
    Competition Day 2
    2 Event Awards Level 4-8
  • Sunday, Jan 24, 2016
    Competition Day 3
    2 Event Awards + All-Around + Event Gala
  • Monday, Jan 25, 2016

Interview to Ukrainian Judge, Yuliya Atrushkevich

Yuliya Atrushkevich is one of the international judges of Ukraine. Yuliya lives in Odessa, but is often in Kiev helping Irina Deryugina.

In your opinion, who is the most promising individual gymnast in Ukraine?

– Looking forward the future, I would say our top gymnasts could be Mariya Mulik and Alëna Dyachenko.

How could you describe Ukrainian leotards?

– Irina Ivanovna (Deryugina) thinks that leotards must be simple, a extravagant leotard distracts. For me, Rizatdinova’s ones are the most beautiful because they have their own style. In my opinion, nowadays leotards are “too much”: different fabrics, glitter, velvet, mesh, sequins… We even have seen this year again, back to 90’s, leotards without skirt (Margarita Mamun, Varvara Filiou).


Anna Rizatdinova wore a new leotard at Los Angeles Lights 2015 Tournament

– What is your opinion about Ukrainian gymnasts choreographies?

– At this moment, my favorite exercise without any doubt is Carmen, performed by Anna Rizatdinova. I would also choose groups exercises and Rizatdinova’s clubs. We will add some new tricks to fill and complete the exercise, but overall, they are very good. Irina Blohina, our choreographer, helps us with dance steps, transitions and music choice’s. Of course we won’t change our choreographer because that means changing the whole team which is ridiculous.

– Who is your favorite gymnast?

– I would say Irina Deryugina, Oksana Skaldina, Aleksandra Timoshenko and Galina Beloglazova. Nowadays, I could not choose between Yana Kudryavtseva or Margarita Mamun. Both are lovely and smiley and i like their relationship with their coaches. Rita and Amina Zaripova seems like two soul in one.

– In addition to Ukrainian team, which gymnasts do you like?

– Salome Pazhava from Georgia, who has really difficult routines, Mariya Mateva from Bulgaria, Varvara Filiou from Greece and Patricia Bezzoubenko from Canada. But of course, my favorite is my whole team!