At the German Wheel Club in Melbourne, we teach both German and Cyr Wheel gymnastics.
But what are German and Cyr Wheel?
German and Cyr Wheel acts are used in circus performances all around the world, including Cirque du Soleil, Moscow State Circus, Chinese State Circus and other theatre productions.
Both wheels will:
Both wheels will:
- develop your balance, core and body strength
- build your confidence and challenge you
- teach teamwork whilst having fun.
German Wheel - Rhoenrad
The German Wheel is made up of two huge metal hoops held together with crossbars. The size of the hoops depend on the gymnast’s height. Performers can roll in a straight line, spin on the spot and jump on and off the wheel. Imagine it like a human sized hamster wheel.
A bit of history, the German Wheel originated in Germany (as the name suggests) and is known there as Rhoenrad. Otto Feick made the first wheel by connecting two iron hoops with crossbars from his grandfather's blacksmith shop and used it to roll down the hill. This was the inspiration for the German Wheel he made and patented as gymnastics and sports equipment in 1925.
Today, wheel gymnastics is a sport that turns the world upside down. World championship are held every year, alternating between individual and team sports.
German Wheel (Gym Wheel) competition includes three disciplines: straight line, spiral and vault. Beginning German wheel curriculum emphasises straight line skills, but includes introductory skills for the spiral and vaulting disciplines.
- Straight line work includes rocking the wheel in various standing and seated positions, as well as full turns of the wheel in cartwheels, push-up and bridge positions.
- Spiral involves tipping the wheel onto one rim and spinning it in a circular pattern.
- In the Vault discipline gymnasts roll the wheel then run and jump to mounting themselves on the top of the wheel and complete acrobatics dismount to landing on the mat on other side of the wheel.
Cyr is a single wheel created by Daniel Cyr as a circus device. It is a large metal hoop that a gymnast or performer uses to spin or swirl continuously. It looks like a dance with acrobatic elements.
Although it was created as a device for performing, Cyr Wheel also became a sport and is part of the Wheel Gymnastics World Championships. This is quite unique, as normally, sports become performance acts but things happened in reverse for Cyr Wheel.
Gymnasts can compete in technical and artistic competitions.
Cyr Wheel is harder to learn than the German Wheel, but don’t let that put you off, its lots of fun.
In Cyr Wheel competition includes two programmes: Artistic programme and Technical programme. Beginning Cyr wheel curriculum emphasises pivoting (Waltz) skills, neutral pivoting (In Spin) skills and Turns and Twists skills. Also includes introductory skills for the spiral as a part of technical programme. Wheel manipulation and choreography with apparatus for artistic programme.