Rhythmic gymnastics is the Russian invention that quickly became popular all over the world. It originated in St. Petersburg at the beginning of the XXth century with opening of the High School of Artistic Movement.
Rhythmic gymnastics absorbed the high traditions of the Russian ballet, the “free dance” by Isadora Duncan, aesthetic and dancing gymnastics. In 1948 the first USSR championship in rhythmic gymnastics took place.
Since 1950s Soviet rhythmic gymnasts had exhibition performances in different countries.The world fell in love with the rhythmic gymnastics at a glance. Already in 1963 it was added as a kind of sport and in the same year the first world championship took place.
Gymnastics was actively developed: events became more complicated, new elements were added, but the main feature (especially in the Soviet gymnastics) still was the artistic side aligning this sport with the art.
In 1980 the International Olympic Committee officially added the rhythmic gymnastics as an Olympic Sport.The good genius” of the Russian rhythmic gymnastics is the coach and President of the Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation Irina Viner-Usmanova.