Frangipani Cup beckons for Murray Bridge calisthenics competitor Bridey Ramm

The only way is up for young calisthenics performer Bridey Ramm - up north, that is.

For the first time, the Murray Bridge girl has won selection in the Mighty Minnies, a South Australian development team, for the Frangipani Cup, a competition to be held in Darwin in September.

She has been participating in the competitive performing art since the age of three, and now practises in Adelaide every Saturday as well as with the local club.

"I enjoy learning tricks, having fun with other people and dancing," she said.

"My favourite dance is probably aesthetic ... we have a long skirt down to our ankles and do graceful stuff, leaving our hands in a certain way."

Her mum Lyndall, also the president of Murray Bridge Calisthenics Club, said she would travel with her daughter to the Darwin Entertainment Centre.

Mrs Ramm has begun seeking online donations to help cover the $3000 cost of her daughter's entry in the event, including flights, accommodation, transfers, meals, a team uniform, hair, makeup and photos.

"I can provide the money, but I thought why not include the community, get everyone involved and supportive, boosting the kids?" she said.

"She wouldn't not go ... we'd find a way.

"But it would be nice if she was supported."

She said the Murray Bridge council and a local MP had each given small amounts.

The Calisthenic Association of SA describes calisthenics as "a uniquely Australian sport which helps to develop discipline of mind and body, team work, a competitive spirit and a sense of commitment".

In a practical sense, it combines gymnastics, dance, marching, singing and acting.

Its thousands of participants focus on their deportment and presentation, develop confidence in their own movement and performance and enjoy the thrill of competing on stage in front of an audience.

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