All synchro is not created equal by Jax
When the average person hears of synchronized swimming usually three different things come to mind; Esther Williams, glittered Olympians, and more recently the Aqualillies. Each one so similar but so completely different at the same time. Here is a break down of some of the similarities and differences.
Water ballet is the original form of synchronized swimming. Although some form of water dancing existed before Esther Williams, she definitely put it in the spot light in the 1940’s with her “aqua musicals.” This type of swimming was all about glamour and showmanship. In the large scenes they were synchronized, but the main goal was to create a memorable scene using water instead of being perfect in the choreography. Esther used her skills in distance swimming, diving, and acting to create what we know as water ballet.
Competitive Synchronized Swimming
Modern day competitive synchronized swimming was inspired by water ballet, but has come so far since then it is barely the same thing. There are competitions for girls in the age group level (8-18 years old), Collegiate synchro, and of course the Olympic and international level.
This sport typically takes at least 40 hours per week of training depending on how elite the swimmers are. There are also very strict rules for competition such as; never touching the bottom or wall, technical difficulty, and time restrictions. Competitive synchronized swimming tops multiple lists of the world’s most challenging sports.
The Aqualillies and entertainment synchro are a new type of synchro altogether. We combine skills from competitive synchronized swimming and elite dancing to create one of a kind performances. Most of the Aqualillies synchronized swimmers have trained in competitive synchro, but have since chosen to use those skills for entertainment.
There are no rules or regulations within entertainment synchro, which we utilize to our advantage. Almost every pool we perform in is different; some are 3 feet deep, some on rooftops overlooking amazing skylines, and some are even in castles, so all of our choreography is fit to each pool and client. Our goal is to use the glamour of water ballet, the entertainment of dance, and the skills of synchronized swimming to create something never seen before.
Just like different styles of fine art, there are different styles of synchro. Because it is such a niche practice, sometimes the different styles get lumped together as the same thing. There are many differences and they should definitely be celebrated because they are absolutely beautiful in their own way!