About the club
Oxford Rhythmic Gymnastics Club was established in September 2012 and is registered with British Gymnastics. The club offers classes to suit children of different ages and different skill levels.
"From the age you start walking you can join the fun". As your skills improve, you can start putting more complex moves together to a piece of music using apparatus - hoop, ribbon, ball, rope and clubs. If you wish you can develop your skills to competitive level or you can learn for fun and fitness.
Rhythmic Gymnastics is a beautiful blend of dance, drama, and music. It is an Olympic sport which teaches correct posture, flexibility, locomotion skills, coordination, fitness, dance moves and uses imagination and creativity. Come and join us...
Head coach and a county judge Zuzana Gergelova, PhD
Zuzana used to be a competitive gymnasts in The Slovak Republic, competing nationally and internationally for 12 years and achieving master class. She qualified as a coach and spent five years training rhythmic gymnasts in Slovakia. She has established an Amateur Dance Theatre and she competed in the Show Dance Category herself for 6 years. She has a PhD in Education. In 2003 she moved to England and in 2012 she established Oxford Rhythmic Gymnastics Club. She has been awarded Level 2 British Gymnastics RG Coach. From 2015 she will be working as a tutor of fundamental RG for British Gymnastics. She is trained in Safeguarding & Child Protection and Sport First Aid and is DBS checked.
Coach and county judge Vera Kollo
Vera used to be a competitive gymnast representing Hungary. She was competed nationally and internationally for 10 years. She is working towards BG qualification Level 1 British Gymnastic RG coach. She is DBS checked and has insurance in place.
Coach Carmen Alonso Herr
Welfare Officer - Christine Ireland
Role is to respond to child protection concerns, help implement safeguarding procedures and assist the club to become more child focused in their activities e.g. involving children in decision making processes.
Dance Teacher - Julia Highton (Dip. LCDD, AISTD, RAD Adv.TC)
Julia has been dancing all her life. She trained at the London College of Dance where she graduated with distinction, qualified to teach RAD ballet, ISTD ballet, tap dance, modern theatre dance, jazz, natural movement, Greek and national dance. She also attained qualifications in child psychology, education, kinesiology and exercise physiology, music theory and the history of music, history of dance and dance appreciation. She also won the college cup for drama. She studied for her MA at the Laban Centre, part of London University’s Goldsmiths College, where she wanted to increase her knowledge and experience in contemporary dance, and also look at dance in the community. It was here that she was invited to train and perform with the Ballet Rambert.
Julia suffered several severe injuries, and while this didn’t stop her performing, she decided that instead of a 100% performance based career, she would further her teaching qualifications and focus on teaching. She started her own school in Bedfordshire, which she operated for 10 years very successfully. The school achieved outstanding results, taking pupils through and beyond vocational grades, which nationally have very low pass rates. One Royal Academy examiner declared that the pupils displayed “the best ballet in the three counties region”. With the arrival of her daughter, Julia decided to pass on her school and concentrate on being a mum. Julia is a fully registered member of both the ISTD and RAD and continues to teach part-time.
She has enhanced DBS check in place and Royal Academy of Dance insurance.
Would you like to help our club?
We are looking for volunteers and coaches of different levels.
Experience in rhythmic gymnastics not necessary. Training will be given.
Please contact us for more details