This graceful form of gymnastics first developed at the end of the 19th and early 20thcentury as a mean of movement expression. It consists of aesthetic expression and gracefulness combined with musicality and rhythm. As a competitive discipline, Rhythmic Gymnastics started in the former Soviet Union, where National Championships have been held since 1942. The
Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG) recognised the discipline in 1961. The first World Individual Champion- ships took place in 1963 in Budapest with 28 participating gymnasts from ten European countries.