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Entries from March 30th, 2009

Jennifer Marcus 3 Baton Juggling Video

March 30th, 2009 · No Comments · Videos: Baton Soloists

This video of Jennifer Marcus has become a bit of a classic! Jennifer is an extremely well rounded baton twirling competitor, and this video displays a wide variety of intricate and masterful 3 baton moves. You’ll see there is usually 1 baton up in the air (and sometimes 3 up!), with interesting and skillful handling, […]

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March Madness for Twirlers!

March 28th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Baton Twirlers In The News

The March Madness Baton Championships were held recently in Kansas City, Missouri. This baton twirling competition is unique in that it blends the rules of 2 major baton twirling organizations, NBTA (National Baton Twirling Association) and USTA (United States Twirling Association). Judges from both organizations were also brought in for this collaborative event. Several participants […]

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How To Do a Monster Roll

March 27th, 2009 · No Comments · Videos: How To Twirl

The monster roll is an advanced baton twirling move that is beautiful, fluid, and challenging to master. (For you contact staff spinners, you know this move as the matrix). The monster roll can be done continuously, or can be executed as a transition with other rolls, to create an impressive sequence. This helpful video below […]

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Humboldt Juggling Festival 2009

March 26th, 2009 · No Comments · Juggling, Spinning, Object Manipulation

I’m a twirler at heart, but I also juggle. I actually learned to juggle 3 batons and 3 balls from my mom and baton teacher, Patsy Hamilton. She had learned from her baton instructor, Robert Olmstead, who had a background in vaudeville. I began juggling in earnest 7 years ago at the 2nd Annual Humboldt […]

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Baton Twirling Video: Japan’s Akemi Kimura

March 25th, 2009 · No Comments · Videos: Baton Soloists

This wonderful video is Akemi Kimura back in 2001. Her beautifully graceful style is a signature, and blends twirling, dance, and gymnastics seamlessly. Keep an eye out for creative floor work at 0:53, and for a wonderfully difficult and smooth roll section beginning at 0:57. This routine is set to Chopin’s Nocturne. Akemi was Japan’s […]

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St. Patrick’s Day the Baton Twirling Way

March 16th, 2009 · No Comments · Baton Twirlers In The News

We came across delightful images depicting all the ways that twirlers and majorettes around the world contribute to festive St. Patrick’s Day Parades! St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are truly international, as witnessed in this parade in Japan. “Lucky Charm Carissa” is a member of the Rocky Mountain Golden Girls Baton Academy. The Rocky Mountain Golden […]

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Reminiscing College Majorette Days

March 16th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Moms (& Other Grown Ups) Who Were Twirlers

Came across a fun post in Heather Allen’s blog, Life in a Small Town. Heather (pictured far right) shares photos and memories of fun days of band camp and half time performances as a college majorette in Tennessee. She is now a 26 year old wife and mother. I know many former twirlers can relate!

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Is Baton Twirling Really a Sport?

March 9th, 2009 · 13 Comments · Videos: Baton Soloists

This brand new video poses the question, “Is baton twirling really a sport?” If your image of twirlers is little girls in majorette boots, making their way down the street in a local parade, take a look at the athletes in this video. If you have been delighted by a skillful twirler, perhaps during a […]

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Charice Gives Us a Majorette Demonstration

March 7th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Baton Twirlers and Majorettes Around The World

It’s official…Charicemania has launched and this wunderkind phenom is taking the world by storm. We became aware of this teen, with one powerhouse of a voice, when she was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show last May. 16-year old Charice Pempengco was featured in the “World’s Most Talented Kids” episode. It turns out this talented […]

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How To Twirl Video: Drop-In Rolls

March 4th, 2009 · No Comments · Videos: How To Twirl

This video shows some nice, slow motion footage of Drop-In Rolls, sometimes just called Drop-Ins. Rolls refer to the baton twirling moves when the baton stays in contact with the body. Baton twirling rolls are smooth, flowing, and connected to each other. They take practice, but are beautiful! Drop-In rolls are super advanced and challenging. […]

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