It takes endless hours of practice to ensure absolute precision for a calisthenics performance.
Feet in the right place, clubs swung at the correct speed - everything needs to be perfect.
This was exactly what was on display at the 2019 Calisthenics Victoria State Championships at the Ulumbarra Theatre.
Bendigo's Volaire Calisthenics College division nine seniors were in action on Sunday where they competed against the state's best.
"This is by far our biggest competition of the year, there is a lot of excitement but also a lot or nerves from all of the girls," Volaire Calisthenics College seniors coach Zita Waldron-Brown said.
"We've had plenty of extra practice sessions in the lead-up to the tournament, it's been very hard but the whole team has been committed.
"It takes a lot of dedication, especially in the senior team as we have a couple girls doing Year 12 while others are at university, it's about juggling all the different commitments."
Waldron-Brown's role as coach involved several aspects, not just hands-on commitments.
"For a coach it's not just at class, we have to make sure the girls have got all their costumes, we cut the music, data projections for on stage performances and choreography," she said.
"There's a lot of work to make sure everything is prepared for the girls."
The Volaire seniors team put on multiple performances on Sunday.
The team finished 3rd in the figure march, 2nd in club swinging, 2nd in free exercises, HC in rod exercises and HM in aesthetic exercises.
The division's overall aggregate winner was Twin City and the reserve aggregate was Arden City.
However, one of the biggest bonuses for the college was to be able to perform in front of its home crowd.
"Holding the state championships in Bendigo meant that some of the college's younger teams were able to come cheer our girls on. With some of the other competitions they would've needed to travel a long way," Waldron-Brown said.
"It's also lovely to get our sport known within our home town."
The college is only in its fifth year of operation and has performers from throughout the Bendigo region.
"For us to already be involved with state championships is lovely and our numbers are slowly growing."
Calisthenics Victoria board chair Jessica Quayle said the state championships were the most important event on the calendar.
"Every club competes at tournament across plenty of divisions, there are a lot of nerves and excitement but people love the state championships," Quayle said.
"The competitors know that it's the best performers from across the state so there's plenty of prestige associated with the tournament."
The tournament is held across five different venues throughout the state and ends on October 4.
Calisthenics is a sport which combines dancing, gymnastics, costumes and musical interpretation.
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