Performances

Spring 2017 Schedule



The Show


Each year the University of Maryland Gymkana Troupe tours Maryland and neighboring states, performing action-packed acrobatic circus performances and promoting an anti-drug message to students. Students influencing students to soar above the influence of drugs is the heart of Gymkana's program. The Troupe's performance showcases heart-pounding routines, including the famous vaulting act where gymnasts launch themselves off mini trampolines and perform criss-crossing handsprings, round-offs and flips over a vault box! Students cheer on the Troupe as they demonstrate how healthy living allows one to soar above the influence of drugs and alcohol. The performance itself is free of charge, and schools are only asked to cover the cost of the team's equipment rental and travel expenses. Some acts necessitate certain height requirements; however the Troupe will customize their shows to meet different venue needs.
For more information or to have Gymkana perform at your school, contact:

Mr. Josh Montfort
Director & Head Coach
Phone: (301) 405-2566
E-mail: montfort[at]umd.edu


The Acts


The Gymkana Troupe performs both men's and women's gymnastics apparatus routines, as well as novelty circus acts that incorporate the use of chairs, ladders and trampolines. Their performances showcase high-flying acrobatics and promote a message of healthy, drug-free living.

Click on one of our acts to learn more about it:


Aerial Silks

Beam

Chairs

Dance

Double Mini Trampoline

Free Movement

High Bar

Ladders

Parallel Bars

Partner Balancing

Pommel Horse

Pyramids

Rings

Teeterboard

Trampoline

Tumbling

Uneven Bars

Vaulting
 
 

Ariel Silk

Performers climb the suspended fabric without the use of safety lines and use the fabric to wrap, suspend, and drop their bodies. Routines demonstrate a great deal of grace, strength, and training.

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Beam

This act showcases the balance beam apparatus. Whether incorporating individual sets, synchronized elements, comedy, or large choreographed routines, the beam act continues to offer audiences an entertaining and refreshing look at this difficult apparatus.

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Chairs

Troupers carefully construct their balancing act atop wooden chairs to create a unique and breathtaking routine. Relying solely on trust and the laws of physics, there is no trick to this amazing act.

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Dance

Choreographed by our student-athletes, the Dance act is an act that continues to change and evolve from year to year. Dance has proved to be highly energetic and entertaining for both troupers and audiences of all ages.

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Double Mini Trampoline

The double mini trampoline, or DMT, combines the speed of a vaulting pass with the amplitude and energy of a trampoline sequence. DMT is an entertaining and exciting act that often proves to be a crowd favorite.

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Free Movement

This new and exciting routine combines tricking, b-boying, and stunting.

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High Bar

This act showcases the high bar apparatus. Fast paced and thrilling, high bar routines combine traditional swinging elements with difficult transitions and releases.

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Ladders

For most people, climbing a ladder to change a light bulb or clean the gutters is enough of a thrill. For members of Gymkana’s ladders act, that’s child’s play. In this act, a pair of 18-foot ladders are balanced and held together by three male troupers as six female troupers gracefully perform a dance routine along the sides.

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Parallel Bars

Our troupers have taken this traditional gymnastic apparatus and created a unique group routine. Skills are performed on a pair of parallel rails including combinations of swinging elements, strength holds, release moves, flips, and twists.

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Partner Balancing

Hand balancing represents one of the most consistently performed acts throughout Gymkana’s history. Troupers have experimented with composition, routine length, themes, poses and size. By adding novelty themes, dance, comedy, and individual costumes, troupers have made Gymkana partner balancing into something truly unique. Often performed multiple times in Gymkana shows, partner balancing requires each group to develop their own signature style.

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Pommel Horse

This act showcases the pommel horse, an extremely difficult apparatus to master. Gliding seamlessly from one skill to the next with a fast paced rhythm, the men on pommel horse rely solely on upper body and torso strength for support as they make the complicated skills they do look easy.

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Pyramids

One of the original acts performed during Gymkana’s first Home Show, the Pyramids act remains a traditional part of Gymkana’s performances today. By combining smaller balancing poses and a range of difficulty into Gymkana’s largest group routine, this act has always encouraged team unity and group strength. For this reason, Pyramids is often the first act for new troupers.

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Rings

This act showcases the still rings apparatus. On still rings, strength skills are an essential part of any routine. The iron cross, widely regarded as the embodiment of strength, is eternally held by Gymkana’s beloved M-Man symbol and is traditionally performed by troupers every year.

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Teeter Board

This act takes the playground see-saw to a whole new level. Using their body weight and perfectly timed jumps, troupers on the teeter-board combine flips and twists into difficult routines, keeping audiences on the edge of their seats.

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Trampoline

The Trampoline act perhaps best demonstrates the range and diversity of Gymkana's troupers. Individual routines are performed by the troupers in this act to showcase a wide variety of acrobatic skills and styles.

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Tumbling

Troupers in this act exhibit dynamic individual tumbling skills as well as synchronized group routines and passes.

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Uneven Bars

This act showcases the uneven parallel bars. Though considered a traditional women's gymnastic apparatus, troupers on the uneven bars have often incorporated novelty skills and group routines as part of the act.

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Vaulting

Using mini-trampolines, troupers vault over a vault box, a human stack-up, and over and through fire. Through the years, troupers have experimented with various criss-cross patterns and synchronized skills. Of all the acts Gymkana has to offer, Vaulting has grown to become the most widely recognized and anticipated. Showcasing at numerous high profile venues including professional and college basketball games and campus open houses, it is often referred to as Gymkana’s signature act.

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