About Ritmika

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Teaching Rhythmic Gymnastics since 1980

Rhythmic Gymnastics is a beautiful and elegant sport demanding strength, flexibility, agility, coordination and a combination of technical precision and artistic creativity. Apparatuses include ball, hoop, ribbon, rope and clubs. Ritmika Rhythmic Gymnastics Club, founded in 1980 by Annely Riga and Siina Kasekamp, is one of the largest and leading rhythmic gymnastics clubs in Canada. With over 40 years of experience, Ritmika has grown into a multicultural gymnastics Organization offering rhythmic gymnastics programs for all ages and ability levels taught by certified coaches.

From 4-Year-old Tiny Tots to Adults

In our recreational program, the basics of rhythmic gymnastics and basic apparatus techniques are taught in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. The emphasis is on improving strength, balance, coordination, and flexibility. Each year gymnasts look forward to demonstrating their accomplishments by performing for family and friends at Ritmika’s spectacular Annual Year End shows.

From 4-Year-old Tiny Tots to Adults

In our recreational program, the basics of rhythmic gymnastics and basic apparatus techniques are taught in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. The emphasis is on improving strength, balance, coordination, and flexibility. Each year gymnasts look forward to demonstrating their accomplishments by performing for family and friends at Ritmika’s spectacular Annual Year End shows.

Ritmika Competes and Performs Worldwide

Ritmika gymnasts have always been in demand to perform and delight audiences with colourful displays of rhythmic gymnastics. Our former Elite groups have traveled the world & thrilled audiences from local community events to prestigious international events, such as International Gymnaestradas in Denmark 1987, Holland 1991 and Germany 1995, where they were chosen to represent Canada at Gala performances and Sweden 1999, Portugal 2003 and Austria 2007. Expo 1986 was a fun filled week with performances in the Vancouver waterfront exposition grounds. For the Opening of Toronto SkyDome in 1989, Ritmika gymnasts played a crucial part in the gymnastics presentation. Estonian World Festivals in 1983 in San Francisco, 1984 in Toronto, 1988 in Australia, 1992 in New York and 2000 in Toronto, FIG Gala performance in Puerto Rico 2006 – Ritmika gymnasts were there and were always applauded for beautiful performances. This list can go on and on.

Aesthetic Group gymnastics

Aesthetic Group gymnastics (AGG) is one of the newest sports internationally and Ritmika has been a leader and promoter from its first introduction in Canada. The club has actively promoted the sport in Ontario and Canada by participating as gymnasts, coaches and judges. Ritmika’s president Annely Riga is considered one of the top experts in this field in Canada.

Two Former Rhythmic Gymnastics Olympians

Over the years Ritmika’s competitive gymnasts have been the best in the country. They have represented Canada in all major International competitions including World Championships and Olympic Games and traveled to all 6 continents: Asia, Europe, North & South America, Australia and Africa. Ritmika’s alumni gymnast Alexandra Orlando held the Canadian National Champion title for eight years. She also distinguished herself by winning 6 gold medals for Canada at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne,Australia,tying the record for the most gold medals won by a single athlete at any Commonwealth Games. She represented Canada at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Ritmika alumni Mary Sanders who was also U.S. National champion competed at 2004 Athens Games . After Olympics she went on to be a cast member of Cirque du Soleil. Both gymnasts placed within the top 10 at world championships.

The Best Gymnastics Classes for Girls

We offer fun recreational gymnastics classes & intense competitive training for talented gymnasts.
The Best Coaching Staff

With its exceptional reputation and outstanding results, Ritmika is recognized both in Canada and internationally as a world class rhythmic gymnastics club, whose gymnasts are great ambassadors to this beautiful sport, and who can thrill small or large audiences with exceptional performances. Over these years over 60 coaches and 15 pianists have been working hard and producing these results. Most of the coaches have high credentials with an impressive list of achievements and many years of experience. They are professionals who take the responsibility of training our young gymnasts seriously.

Our Mission

Ritmika was founded with the goal of promoting the joy and beauty of rhythmic gymnastics by providing quality gymnastics programs to all, and the club endeavors to continue to reach future generations of gymnasts in the years to come.

Rachel Sprovieri


Rachel was dedicated to rhythmic gymnastics from young age on taking her trainings always very seriously. She competed at provincial level for 6 years. Her hard work was rewarded in 2018 when she placed second in overall at Ontario Championships.

In 2018 Rachel travelled with Ritmika Novice AGG team to Tartu ,Estonia to compete at International competition Miss Valentine. In 2019 Rachel competed in Los Angeles, USA at USA Rhythmic competition called LA Rhythmics.

After finishing her own competitive trainings Rachel continued as a coach in Ritmika club working with recreational and pre-competitive teams. Rachel is second year University student attending York University pursuing a bachelor’s of honors degree in Speech and Language Sciences. Graduated St. Jean De Brebeuf Catholic high school with Platinum honor roll and received the Families In Canada award for having the highest average in the grade.

Rachel has always displayed a strong commitment of excellence and dedication towards academic and athletic goals. She is also a certified swim and National Lifeguard instructor.

Avigail Stepanski


Avigail started 10 years ago as a young gymnasts in Ritmika club . She moved from recreational program to provincial and from there to National level cometitve program where she excelled fast and received many awards.

Avigail was also in Ritmika Novice AGG team representing Canada in 2017 at Four Continents Championships in Chicago where her team won a gold medal in the Novice category. Last season as Junior National level AGG team member she travelled to Graz, Austria to represent Canada at AGG World Championships. Her team qualified to finals, which was a great achievement for a Canadian team.

Ritmika Junior AGG team ,where Avigail is a member, is a 2022 and 2023 Ontario provincial Champion.

As a coach, Avigail has been working with Ritmika recreational and Precompetitive level gymnasts.

She is in the process of completing her NCCP coaching certficate program.

As a former national level gymnast she knows what it takes to achieve results in this beautiful but also difficult sport and she has brought all her knowledge to her young gymnasts she has been working with. Gymnasts love her and she knows how to bring the best out of all of them. Avigail is a 2023 recipient of Ritmika 10 year member silver pendant.

Kairi Tirel


Kairi has excellent communication ,organization and coaching skills. She speaks fluently English,Estonian and Russian languages

Yuliia Ruban


Yuliia has been gymnast since age 5 in Ukraine.

Yuliia is a graduate from Chernivtsi Yuiy Fedkovych National University of Ukraine with Bachelor in Pedagogy Physical Education. She is a Master of Sport from Ukraine. Yuliia competed in Ukraine on provincial and National level. Later also in group competition where her group became Ukrainian Champions.

She was many years on National team.

Yuliia speaks  English,Russian and Ukrainian languages

Alessandra Lisi

Ballet Coach

She is Ritmika ballet teacher since 2018

Alessandra has had a passion for dance from a very young age. She started dance at the age of three, and joined competitive dance at the age of five. Alessandra has been trained in various styles of dance including ballet, contemporary, lyrical, jazz, acrobatics, and tap. At the age of 12, she found her passion for ballet and trained extensively in ballet and contemporary. Most recently, Alessandra has trained primarily in the Vaganova syllabus. She attended Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts Secondary School to further her training and knowledge in dance, and is currently attending York University and completing her BFA in dance.

Alessandra has attended multiple ballet programs and summer intensives across North America including The National Ballet of Canada, The Alberta Ballet School, Boston Ballet, and the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. She has also competed at many competitions, including the world’s largest student ballet competition, Youth America Grand Prix, where she placed top 12 in her contemporary ballet solo. She has performed in “The Nutcracker” at the Sony Centre, for the last five years, alongside world renowned principal dancers from the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow. Alessandra’s career is only just beginning, and she looks forward to her future in the dance and rhythmic gymnastics industry.

Helle Varrik


Helle Varrik has a university degree in Physical Education from the University of Tartu, Estonia, where she also taught rhythmic gymnastics to university students. She won many medals and awards as a member of the Estonian Womens’ National Rhythmic Gymnastics team. The group for which she was performing and competing was considered one of the best in the former Soviet Union. She travelled extensively throughout the former Soviet Union, giving rhythmic gymnastics seminars.

Since 1994 Helle has been coaching Ritmika’s recreational and elite performing groups. She is an experienced choreographer and coach and has been able to develop great looking teams for many performances and also RG recreational Groups competitions. Her Junior elite group won the 1998 year Teens category competition and her Novice elite team was 3rd in the overall competition in the pre-teens category. She is also a member of Ritmika’s Ladies Elite team, who won the 1998 Women’s Group competition overall trophy.

Rhea Reble

Competitive Level RG & AGG Coach, Choreographer, RG & AGG Judge

Rhea began her lifelong athletic journey at the age of 3 in artistic gymnastics where she developed as a competitive level gymnast for several years. Though she enjoyed many aspects of the sport, she felt like something was missing. At the age of 10, she discovered rhythmic gymnastics and was immediately captivated by its beauty of movement, athleticism, artistry and of course those fun apparatus. It was undeniable love at first sight, so she made the switch to RG and never looked back. She spent the next several years into her late teens competing in both RG and aesthetic group gymnastics (AGG). The highlights of her gymnastics career were competing at the 2007 AGG World Championships in Spain and coaching her own AGG team at the 2022 AGG World Championships in Austria.

Rhea has called Ritmika her gymnastics home since 1999 and has been coaching since 2005. She is an NCCP Level 3 Certified National Coach as well as a National Level RG Judge and AGG Judge. She is also Ritmika’s lead choreographer.

The most rewarding part of coaching for Rhea is the positive impact she can have on so many young athletes, but just as equally, the impact they also leave on her. She is grateful to the sport and Ritmika for the positivity they continue to bring to her life.

Larissa Soloviova


Certified NCCP 3 coach and Brevet RG and also AGG Provincial level judge. Larissa was awarded the Gymnastics Ontario “Coaches’ Achievement Award” for 2006.

Larissa has a Masters Degree in Sports and Physical Education from the Kazakh Institute of  Physical Education and Sports. She was on the Kazakhstan National RGC team and a former national champion.

She has coached rhythmic gymnastics since 1981 in many distinguished clubs, including the Russian Olympic Reserve School (Samara, Russia) and the Children and Youth Sports School (Almaty, Kazakhstan). There she developed and delivered educational programs and organized competitions.

This superb background in the”.. Caring Attitude..” to developing girls in the skills of rhythmic gymnastics has been the strong point in her career. Larissa has trained athletes from all levels from the early beginner to the national level competitor, providing original choreography and coaching to support the continued development of top performing athletes.

Larissa speaks fluently English and Russian languages.

Annely Riga


Graduate of Tartu University in Estonia with a degree in Physical Education. From 1971-77 she was a staff member of the Physical Education faculty at Tartu University, where she taught Rhythmic Gymnastics. She also coached children and adult classes at all levels in various schools and clubs in Estonia.  For six years she was a member of the Estonian Women’s Rhythmic Gymnastics Team (this group was composed of mostly former national level rhythmic gymnasts), winning six USSR Championships in Women’s Group competition.

In 1977 she immigrated to Canada. Since 1978, she has been working tirelessly promoting and teaching this beautiful sport of rhythmic gymnastics. Besides conducting numerous seminars, clinics and workshops throughout Canada, she has been also working on many committees and conducting leadership programmes. Annely has been working on the National Gymnastics Development, National Coaching, School Development, RSG Technical and NCCP committees just to mention a few.  She is a co-author of many Rhythmic Gymnastics publications in Canada. In 1988 and 1989 she also taught rhythmic gymnastics at the University of Toronto.

Annely Riga’s talent in the field of choreography has been recognized at the National and Provincial level, where several of her routines are taught. She has also been a choreographer and technical advisor for special events such as the International Gymnaestradas in Denmark 1987 and Germany 1995, Four Continents Championships in 1988, Opening of the Sky Dome in 1989 and many others.  She received Coach of the Year awards from Ontario Gymnastics Federation in 1985 and from the Canadian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation in 1995. In 2004 the Canadian Gymnastics Federation honored her as a long standing member with their recognition award – a diamond pin. In 2005, Annely received a 25-year Ontario Volunteer service award from the government of Ontario and in 2009 a service award from the Estonian Central Council in Canada.

Since 1996, she has been promoting and developing Aesthetic Group Gymnastics (AGG) in Canada. In conjunction with the Ontario RG Committee she developed the “Red Ribbon” Ontario AGG program and has been one of the leading experts in this sport in Canada. She is the president of Canadian Aesthetic Group Gymnastics Federation. Since 2003 she was elected into the newly founded International Federation of Aesthetic Group Gymnastics (IFAGG) as a Board member and Promotion Committee Chairperson. Since 2017 she is IFAGG Vice President. She is also the highest category International level judge in Aesthetic Group Gymnastics and has been judging in all AGG World Championships since 2001.

Annely Riga is considered one of the leading forces in rhythmic gymnastics in Canada, Expert in her field, who’s deep knowledge and commitment to the sport has been recognized locally, nationally and internationally. Having dedicated her life to this wonderful sport and her club she is constantly developing new ideas and strategies to improve her beloved club services, programmes to its members.

Annely Speaks fluently English, Estonian and Russian languages.