Deanne Calisthenics Club was founded in 1975 by Mrs Pam Slavin, Mrs Chris Schmid (then Keane) and Mrs Val Sutton. Deanne, the Club name, is derived from that of Mrs Slavin's daughter Dianne. Originally the club colours were brown, orange and white.
Mrs Slavin made all the costumes, Dianne was the inaugural Head Coach, coaching Babies, Subbies and Juniors, with Mrs Erica Batt (then Lockwood) coaching Inters and Seniors. At that time Mrs Didier was the original pianist accompanying the dance routines and Mrs Keane was the Foundation President.
Deanne Calisthenics Club incorporated is a non-profit organisation run by volunteers.
Deanne has a very successful and proud history and we’re looking forward to many more great years to come.
Each year Deanne participates in 3 local competitions which are exciting and wonderful performance opportunities for all of our participants. Our Subbies through to Senior age groups also travel to Ballarat for their final competition of the year, these are always a highlight for everyone involved. We then close out the year with our annual concert and presentation in November.
All items are choreographed by our talented coaches and every team performs a variety of routines covering core items: aesthetics, club, rods, free exercise and march. Fancy items are performed on a rotational basis and include folk/character dance, song and dance/action, revue, calisthenics spectacular and Dance arrangement. Deanne respects and highly values our coaches whose dedication and commitment enables the club to compete at a high level.
On stage, participants wear stunning costumes selected for each of the routines. Hair and makeup is completed for your girls by the team management. Leg tan is also applied for each competition apart from the Tinies team. Calisthenics is a competitive team sport that requires all participants to compete in all competitions. It is important that you understand this level of commitment is required.
As with any sport there is a code of conduct expected of parents, family members, coaches and participants. The Australian Calisthenic Federation (ACF) has endorsed the Member Protection Policy that provides a code of conduct forming the basis of appropriate and ethical behaviour which all members must abide by. These principles have been adopted and endorsed by Calisthenics ACT with details covering social media and general behaviour available on the Cali ACT website by clicking here.