Sunday, January 10, 2021

2021 Texas Collegiate Twirler Audition Guide

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

Welcome to the fifth year we are offering this very special feature for the Twirling is Catching Blog! We know senior year is an exciting time for many twirlers, but it is also a little nerve wracking as twirlers try to decide which University to select. While this is already a hard decision, when you have a dream of twirling on the collegiate level, it adds an additional level of pressure for picking the right place. There are also many current college students that may be deciding between auditioning at their school or other schools. So many choices! Our goal with this feature is to present as much audition information for Texas universities in one place as possible to at least make the process of knowing how to audition easier for our collegiate twirler hopefuls.

If you have any info to update any of these listings, or for a University not listed, please email texastwirlcontact@gmail.com. We will be posting updates as new details become available. You can also check out the Texas Collegiate Feature Twirler & Texas Collegiate Line Twirlers pages at TexasTwirl.com for more info on each of these programs.

We will also announce many of the Twirler selections for these Universities as the decisions are made, so stay tuned! You can always follow us here, but make sure to also like and follow us at www.facebook.com/twirlingiscatchingtx, and Instagram account @twirlingiscatchingtx.

 


2021 TX Collegiate Twirler 
Audition Quick Guide:
*Posted 1/11/2021*
 
Electronic Audition Submission Deadlines
*Dec 1 – University of Texas, Austin
*Jan 8 – Stephen F Austin Feature
*Feb 1 – Baylor University Golden Girls
*Feb 15 – SFA Twirl-O-Jack Registration
*March 6 – Texas Tech University Feature
*March 15 – University of Houston
*April 2 – Texas Tech University Line

Set Live Audition Dates
*Feb 27 – Stephen F Austin Feature (Invite Only)
*Feb 27 – Stephen F Austin Twirl-O-Jacks
*March 13 – Univ. of Texas, Austin (Invite Only)
*April 17 – Texas Tech Univ. Feature (Invite Only)
*April 17 – Texas Tech Univ. Line
*April 25 – University of Texas, San Antonio

No Audition Date Available at This Time:
*Texas Christian University
*Texas State University
*Sam Houston State University
*University of TX, Permian Basin
*Tyler Junior College
*Tarleton State University
*Trinity Valley Comm. College
*Kilgore College
*East Texas Baptist University
*University of the Incarnate Word
*TAMU Corpus Christi
 
Not Holding 2021 Auditions:
*SMU “The Doll” Feature Twirler Position

Already completed 2021 Auditions:
*N/A
 
 


2020 Texas Collegiate Twirler Audition Details:
 

WACO: Baylor University
*Audition videos for 2021 due Feb 1
*Email all materials to lynndell@heilp.com
*Golden Girl Audition Information
 

LUBBOCK: Texas Tech University
*2021 Feature & Line Audition Information
     - Materials for Feature due by March 6
     - Materials for Line due by April 2
     - Live Auditions for both will be held on April 17
     - Submit materials to btolley@sbcglobal.net
          * Feature Candidates must send a video
          1. Resume & HS/College Transcripts
          2. Letters of Recommendation
          3. Why you want to twirl at Tech
          4. A Picture
 
 
HOUSTON: University of Houston
*Electronic Materials are due by March 15
*Audition Info for UH Feature Twirlers
*Submit materials or questions to coach@uhtwirlers.com


SAN ANTONIO: University of TX San Antonio
Auditions will be held on April 25
UTSA is auditioning for Features & a Line!
*2021 USTA Twirler Audition Information
*For more info contact randi.miles@utsa.edu


NACOGDOCHES: Stephen F Austin
*Feature Audition Materials due January 8
*Feature Invitation Only Auditions February 27
*Feature Twirler Audition Information
 
*Twirl-O-Jack Registration Due February 15
*Twirl-O-Jack Live Auditions February 27
*Twirl-O-Jack Audition Information
*Virtual TOJ Prep Classes Available
*Contact twirlojacks@gmail.com

 
AUSTIN: University of Texas – Austin
*2021 Audition Information Website 
*Audition Materials Due by December 1
*Live Auditions by invitation only on March 13
 
 
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No Current Audition Information Available
However, some details from previous year
auditions may be available for reference.
 

FORT WORTH: Texas Christian University
*Audition info must be submitted by TBA
*2020 Audition Info from their FB Page
*Interested students must:
      - Already be accepted to TCU
      - Send twirling resume & letter of intent
      - Submit Videos highlighting twirling ability
*Send materials to b.youngblood@tcu.edu
*Email b.youngblood@tcu.edu for more info
 
 
SAN MARCOS: Texas State University
*TxState Twirler Audition Website
*Audition Materials are due in April
     - 2020 Twirler Audition requirements
     - Submit materials to krg60@txstate.edu
          1. Completed Application
          2. 2 letters of recommendation
          3. Full length photo included
          3. Video <10 minutes of live twirling
 
 
HUNTSVILLE: Sam Houston State University
*2020 SHSU Twirler Audition Information
*Materials Submission Deadline - TBA
*Live Callbacks will be held in TBA
    - Submit materials to bxg012@shsu.edu or
     to kelleymccormick5@gmail.com
             1. Video Submission *NEW*
             2. Twirling/School Resume
             3. 2 letters of recommendation
             4. Photograph in twirling costume
 
 
ODESSA: University of Texas Permian Basin
*Audition Packet Submission Deadline TBA
*Seeking Feature and/or Line Twirlers
*Offering up to a $2,000 scholarship per year!
*2020 Audition Info for UTPB Twirlers
*Send materials to marlenetorres6@gmail.com
          1. One page resume
          2. 2-3 minute twirling video
          3. A picture of yourself
*Live audition for callback candidates TBA
*For more info text Marlene at 432-352-6505
 
 
TYLER: Tyler Junior College
*Audition Info must be submitted by TBA
*Live Auditions will be on TBA
*2020 Audition Information for Feature Twirler
 
 
BEAUMONT: Lamar University
*Email lcole5@lamar.edu for details
*2020 Cardinalette Audition Information
*Lamar University Audition Information

 
KILGORE: Kilgore College
*Live Auditions will be TBA
*2020 Audition Info & Registration
*The twirler audition information must be
     submitted on the website prior to auditions.
*Contact jordanijenkins16@gmail.com for info
 
 
STEPHENVILLE: Tarleton State University
*No Audition Information Available
*The Sound & The Fury Website
 
 
RICHARDSON: University of TX, Dallas
*No Audition Information Available
*UT Dallas Pep Band Website
 
 
ATHENS: Trinity Valley Comm. College
*No Audition Information Available
*TVCC Cardinals Regiment Website
 
 
MARSHALL: East TX Baptist University
*No Audition Information Available
*ETBU Marching Band Website
 
 
SAN ANGELO: Angelo State University
*Live Auditions will be in March 2020
*For more info contact jonathan.alvis@angelo.edu
*2017 San Angelo Audition Info for Reference
 

SAN ANTONIO: Univ. of the Incarnate Word
*No Current Auditions Info Available
*Cardinal Band website for reference
 
 
 CORPUS: Texas A&M – Corpus Christi
*No Current Auditions Info Available

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No Holding Auditions for 2021

DALLAS: Southern Methodist University
*No positions available for 2021
*Will not be holding auditions for Fall
*2021-22 Feature Twirler: Rachel Hutchinson


Thursday, December 31, 2020

3...2...1... Happy 2021! 2020 Year End Countdown

Hello and Happy New Year Texas Twirl Fans!

The past year has definitely been one we will never forget, even if we wanted to. Between half of our contest season being cancelled, and this new season starting off with uncertainty, it is not quite the year anyone was hoping for. However, it has been amazing seeing our Texas Twirling community pulling together. Between participating in fundraisers, supporting each other virtually, and finding new ways to continue performing, #TeamTexas is going strong. We cannot wait to see everyone again safely, but until then, here is our year end wrap up!


Even though the season was only three months long, #TeamTexas still pulled out some great moments:
  • 17 Texas Twirlers represented at the Twirl Mania Championship
  • Jaidyn Poole won 13-14 Adv. Miss Twirl Mania & the Adv. X-Strut Mousecar
  • Halle Burton was a finalist for the Twirl Maniac Challenge
  • Caroline Carothers held the first UT Twirler for a Day
  • Twirling Sweet Sensations fundraised with their super cute "Quarantwirling" shirts
  • Texas Touch of Class performed a neighborhood show called "United We Stand"
  • Kaylee Williams & Josie Linson performed for nursing homes
  • The first Texas based Virtual Twirling Contest was held in June
  • JJ Super Starzzz Camp + Central TX Twirl Camp were safely held in person
  • The Texas Tech Twirlers showed everyone you can legit twirl in stadium bleachers
  • The Fall Twirling Festival & ATX Holiday Twirl Fest were safely held in person

Another fun moment that came out of 2020 was the "Quarantine Queens" movement. All of our SW Regional National Qualifiers joined together to sport the Texas colors and show support for each other! 



For the blog this year, we have continued to live out our mission (the best we could), by helping to keep our community connected and going strong. We put many, many hours into this blog and the Texas Twirl website, and it just makes every minute totally worth it when we see Texas Twirlers supporting each other all across the state. #TeamTexas is amazing, and we are so blessed to be a part of it! 

With the need for alternative options to keep us pushing forward, and tons of down time on our hands, we were able to implement several new things in 2020 that we are very proud of...

While we do have many plans for posts in 2021, we are always looking for fun, new angles and information to share. Have an idea for an upcoming post or some exciting news to share with the #TeamTexas Twirling community? Email texastwirlcontact@gmail.com, and we would love to hear about it!

Now, to celebrate, here is our annual Goodbye 2020 post to take a look back on the past year of this blog's existence, and recognize those that have helped contribute to our mission...

*Total Number of Blog Page Views Since January 1st - 13,313 views
*Top Friday Night Lights Feature Post - Claudia Taylor Johnson HS Twirlers
*Top Collegiate Twirler Spotlight Post - Baylor University Golden Girls
*Highest # of Likes on Instagram - Baylor Collegiate Twirler Spotlight Post
*Highest # of Likes on Facebook - Jaidyn wins 13-14 yo Miss Twirl Mania
*Highest # of Shares on Facebook - SW Regionals Contest Calendar Series Post
*Highest Viewed Contest Calendar Series - 2020 Dallas Twirling Festival
*Highest Viewed Collegiate Twirler Announcement - Kilgore College Twirlers

Top 10 Posts By Page View Numbers:
Congrats to all of those who made it into the end of year wrap up and Top 10 list, and a big thank you to everyone who has read, liked, shared, or contributed to any of our posts this year.

Until the next post, we leave you with our wishes that you have a fantastic new year...


Sunday, November 8, 2020

Friday Night Lights Feature - Claudia T Johnson High School

 Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

We are back for week seven of High School Football! This year may look a little different, but twirlers all over Texas are making it work, and we are so excited to be able to Feature many of them over the next couple of months. As those Friday Night Lights turn on in stadiums all over Texas, we hope to see many face masks and safety precautions being taken so that we can continue to enjoy the sights and sounds of football teams, marching bands, and our favorite, lots of talented baton twirlers. Make sure to follow us on Instagram @twirlingiscatchingtx or at facebook.com/twirlingiscatchingtx so you don't miss a thing!

This weekend’s Friday Night Lights Feature is the Claudia T. Johnson HS School Feature Twirlers! 


Claudia Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson High School, also known as CTJ, is located in San Antonio, TX, and is the home of Jaguars. CTJ is very well known Nationally in the marching band world, as they are multiple time BOA Grand National Finalists with their edgy and modern marching productions. CTJ also has a history of pretty great baton twirlers, some of which have even been included in their marching productions. You have to love a school that is Nationally competitive AND incorporates baton twirlers into their shows!

Currently for Fall 2020, CTJ has two awesome Feature Twirlers – Bethany Williams and Dylan Butler!
 
We wanted to know how the process went to be named a CTJ Twirler, and for Junior, Bethany, it was the typical experience. “I prepared and performed a solo routine to music with one, two and three batons.” However, for incoming freshman, Dylan, it was a little unusual. “I auditioned for the first time this year, and because of COVID-19, I didn’t have a normal audition experience. I submitted a video of my routine but the only info I had was the video deadline. I asked Bethany a few questions but for the most part, I had to figure out what to include in the video. I created a routine that I thought had the best diversity of tricks, something that would have a little bit of everything the band director would have wanted. On June 1st, I emailed my video to the Band Director, Mr. Lipman, but I didn’t hear back until 20 days later when he told me that I would make a wonderful addition to the twirling team!”

As Dylan mentioned, COVID-19 has drastically changed many things, and it is no different at CTJ this Fall. Bethany told us about some of the changes. “Football season started much later this year, and our first official game wasn’t until October 1st. School also started with everyone virtually the first three weeks. Then more students were gradually phased in. Some students, including myself, are still attending virtually and have the option to go virtual for the rest of the year if they desire. As for the band, a really big change is that only one fourth of our band can sit in the stands during games, but the rest meet at the stadium to perform the half-time show, and then leave. Luckily, the twirlers get to stay and perform at each game.”

 
While change can be hard, these two twirlers are making it work. Dylan mentioned some of the ways they have kept things going. “The band started meeting in-person when school began, but we had a 2-week virtual band camp at the end of July, and every week, we had section meetings over zoom. For the twirlers at the games, since we’re on the track, we don’t have to worry about staying socially distanced in the stands, like the band does, and we already stay far away from everyone just so we don’t hit them with batons.“

Handling COVID-19 have been a big adjustment for twirlers everywhere, but these two twirlers have been pushing through and keeping their eye on the long-term goals. Bethany told us, “during quarantine. I continued to practice at home and had Zoom lessons with my coach. Not having access to a gym was a big challenge as it was so hard to practice my spins and other tricks outside on my street, but I really learned to appreciate the little things and don’t take anything for granted!”

Dylan also found ways to get in practice, despite having similar challenges. “Every day during quarantine, I would go to my back porch and practice. Some days I would facetime my coaches for a lesson, but most days I would just work on my routines or tricks, or try to add difficulty to my tricks so I could learn new things. The biggest issue was not having space on my porch or not having the right space to spin on because, in tennis shoes, wood is not the smoothest. The sun was definitely another problem.” While overcoming these obstacles, Dylan also learned some valuable lessons to bring with her to High School. “The biggest thing I learned from quarantine was to not be afraid to try new things and/or ask for help. I’ve also become a lot more comfortable with the whole ‘go with the flow’ vibe and learning to adhere to my surroundings and instructions in an instant has made it easier for me to adjust to whatever I need to, quicker and that definitely helps deal with high school, and even more so this year.”

Now that we have learned more about how CTJ is handling COVID, let’s learn more about the twirlers!

Bethany Williams
Junior Feature Twirler
Bethany is an Intermediate level competitor that has been twirling for 10 years. She is a member of the Twirling Sweet Sensations and is coached by Michele Sweet Pangrac and Mary Ann (Srulowitz) Pozzi. The competition title she is the proudest of is the 2019 13-year-old National Beginner Three Baton Winner. Her favorite field trick is a two-baton toss/kick combination. In baton twirling, she has been most inspired by Caroline Carothers. After High School she hopes to twirl in college and major in Political Science before attending Law School.




Dylan Butler
Freshman Feature Twirler
Dylan is a Beginner level competitor that has been twirling for 6 years. She is a member of the Twirling Sweet Sensations and is coached by Michele Sweet Pangrac and Mary Ann (Srulowitz) Pozzi. The competition title she is the proudest of is when she won the Basic Skills Pageant three years in a row at a local contest. Her favorite field trick is a thumb toss fan kick, then a little reverse open hand toss, or two-baton finger twirls. In baton twirling, she has been most inspired by Caroline Carothers. After High School she hopes to attend a University like UT or Harvard and earn a degree is astrophysics. 





Fun Facts!

Favorite Color
– Yellow (Bethany), “Anything pastel” (Dylan)
Favorite Movie – “Frozen” (Bethany), “Elf” (Dylan)
Favorite Music – Alternative (Bethany), “Faouzia, Cimorelli, Taylor Swift, soft pop or pop/country” (Dylan)

Favorite Quote…
Bethany – “Life is better with a dog.”
Dylan – “You can’t have a million-dollar dream with a minimum wage work ethic.”

When they are not twirling, they love to…
Bethany – “Hang out with my friends, play with my dog, Gracie May, and play board games.”
Dylan – “Play with my pets, hand out with my friends, and do DIY projects.”

Something people may not know about them is…

Bethany – “I collect rocks and gems.”
Dylan – “I have been fostering pets since I was little. I’ve adopted out over 100 pets, mostly cats.”

Most memorable advice from their coach…
Bethany – “Point your toes when you march. You don’t want to sound like an elephant.”
Dylan – “Practice like you’re in the biggest performance of your life and always assume you’re being watched on all sides (like there’s a 360 camera around you at all times).”

Favorite moment as a baton twirler… 
Bethany – “Performing on the Disney Showcase stage at Disneyland’s California Adventure in 2019.” 
Dylan – “When I finally moved up to beginner solo and I was beginner in everything.”

Funniest moment as a baton twirler… 
Bethany – “In 2013, after the modeling portion of my Regionals pageant competition, we realized I had left a hair roller in my hair! Luckily it must’ve been hidden well, and I still won the Basic Skills pageant!” 
Dylan – “The day before the Halloween football game, I still didn’t have a way to go back to marching with my french horn after twirling in the halftime show, and when I asked my band director about it, his exact words were “Just wing it.” 



Being a member of the CTJ community is a wonderful experience. The school has so many great traditions. Dylan told us she has really come to enjoy section circles, while Bethany shared the football team’s tradition of rubbing the golden jaguar as they come on and off the football field at every game. 
Even better than just being a part of the CTJ community is being a part of the CTJ Jaguar Band. 

Through this program they have been able to enjoy many amazing experiences. Bethany tells us her favorite thing about being in the CTJ Band are these moments. “I love getting the opportunity to perform and compete with such a large, award-winning, talented band!” Though Dylan is new to the program, she is still having a great time. “It’s so hard to choose what my favorite part is so far! I would say stand tunes or doing full run-throughs of the show (or what we have of it) and watching the parts of the show fall into place.”

The band has their own traditions within the school that they will never forget. Dylan told us that many members of the band have nicknames, and “those are definitely fun!”. Bethany shared with us a big band inside joke involving a ceramic cat… “At every band competition a blue ceramic cat, named Matt, is brought onto the field with us during retreat for good luck. He is our band mascot.”
Through their years as competitive baton twirlers, these two have learned a lot about life and how to be successful. We asked them what life skill they have developed the most through their experiences. Bethany told is baton has really taught her to have confidence in herself, and Dylan has improved her time management skills. 

Finally, we wanted to know what advice they would share with twirlers hoping to one day twirl at their High Schools. Dylan said she would tell them, “Don’t be afraid to get tips or new tricks from various coaches or experienced twirlers. A coach might explain things a different way than a college twirler would, and vice versa, and either explanation could help you!” Bethany told us her best advice is also her motto when approaching preparation for performances and competitions. “Don’t practice until you get it right, practice until you can’t get it wrong.”

We want to say thank you to Bethany & Dylan for a great Instastory Takeover on Friday Night, and a big congrats to the CTJ Band for wining Overall Champion at the Judson Marching Invitational last night. Wow! Great job ladies, and we wish you the very best with the rest of their marching season. Go Jags!

We hope you have enjoyed this edition of our FNL Feature. Have a favorite HS or Collegiate Twirler that you would like to see interviewed? Please contact us at texastwirlcontact@gmail.com with their name and email address so that we can reach out to them!

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Friday Night Lights Feature - Crawford High School

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

We are back for week six of High School Football! This year may look a little different, but twirlers all over Texas are making it work, and we are so excited to be able to Feature many of them over the next couple of months. As those Friday Night Lights turn on in stadiums all over Texas, we hope to see many face masks and safety precautions being taken so that we can continue to enjoy the sights and sounds of football teams, marching bands, and our favorite, lots of talented baton twirlers. Make sure to follow us on Instagram @twirlingiscatchingtx or at facebook.com/twirlingiscatchingtx so you don't miss a thing!

This weekend’s Friday Night Lights Feature is the Crawford High School Feature Twirler! 


Crawford High School is located in Crawford, Texas, which is a suburb of Waco. Crawford is the home of the pirates, as well as today’s FNL Feature Twirler, Molly Green! Molly has been competing in NBTA for many years and is the current 2020 Intermediate Junior Southwest Regional Pageant Winner.

Coming off such a big win at Regionals, and then going straight into the whole quarantine situation the next week, we asked Molly how she got through maintaining her motivation. “I actually tore my hamstring at Regionals, so I spent much of the Spring and Summer in physical therapy and strengthening my hamstring. After having time to recover, I practiced in the driveway and did virtual lessons with my Coach. This strange time has taught me to still find joy and not stress about things beyond my control.”

As this is Molly’s third year as the CHS Feature Twirler, yet probably the most unusual year, we wanted to know how this season has been affected by COVID for the Crawford community. “We were able to start school in person, but only could practice marching outside. This year we are only performing at home games, and hopefully will get to perform for the playoff games by the time those come.”

Many would wonder how she knows playoff games are coming, and it is because the Crawford Pirates are an amazing football team, which is a tradition in and of itself at CHS. “Our football team usually does very well, and it is so fun to twirl for playoff games and at Cowboy Stadium for State!” 

Now that we have learned a little about Crawford, lets learn more about Molly!

Molly Green

Junior Feature Twirler
Molly is an advanced level competitor that has been twirling for 8 years. She is coached by Vicki Ray of Vick’s Chicks. The competition title she is the proudest of was winning the 2020 Junior Intermediate Southwest Regional Pageant. Her favorite field tricks are three baton and anything that can be caught blind. In baton twirling, she has been most inspired by former Vanderbilt Feature Twirler, Haylee Castagna. “Her speed and style are amazing, and now she is my mentor and friend.” After High School she is undecided on what school she wants to attend, but she does hope to twirl and major in physical therapy. 





Fun Facts!
Favorite Color - Purple 
Favorite Movie – “I Still Believe”
Favorite Book – The Bible
Favorite Quote – Hebrews 13:2 

When she is not twirling, she loves to…
“Spend time with friends and family, play tennis, shop, and nap!” 

Something people might not know about her is…
“I have 4 big very protective brothers!”

Best advice from her coach…
“Stop hesitating like a scared pony coming out of a stall!" :)




Favorite moment as a baton twirler…
“It is a tie between winning my pageant at Regionals 2020 and performing at Cowboy stadium!”

Funniest moment as a baton twirler…
“I was warming up to go on the field and fell flat doing an illusion. Hopefully not too many saw it!” 

Through her years of baton twirling, Molly has learned many life lessons. She says the most important lesson was to focus on what it most important. “To be successful, you have to work hard, keep God first, and smile!” 

Speaking of smiling, that is her vest advice for any twirlers that one day hope to be a High School twirler as well. As Molly tells us, “Make sure to SMILE! Your attitude and showmanship always make your performance more fun and entertaining.”

We want to say thank you to Molly for sharing her time with us, and we hope Crawford finishes off their football season safe and strong this year. Go Pirates!


We hope you have enjoyed this edition of our FNL Feature. Have a favorite HS or Collegiate Twirler that you would like to see interviewed? Please contact us at texastwirlcontact@gmail.com with their name and email address so that we can reach out to them!

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Friday Night Lights Feature - Celina High School

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

We are back for week five of High School Football! This year may look a little different, but twirlers all over Texas are making it work, and we are so excited to be able to Feature many of them over the next couple of months. As those Friday Night Lights turn on in stadiums all over Texas, we hope to see many face masks and safety precautions being taken so that we can continue to enjoy the sights and sounds of football teams, marching bands, and our favorite, lots of talented baton twirlers. Make sure to follow us on Instagram @twirlingiscatchingtx or at facebook.com/twirlingiscatchingtx so you don't miss a thing!

This weekend’s Friday Night Lights Feature is the Celina High School Feature Twirler! 


Celina High School is located in Celina, TX, which is north of Dallas, and is the home of the Bobcats. CHS is also the home of the Celina High School Feature Twirler, Agnesa Dolomite! Agnesa is a USTA twirler that has competed Nationally as an individual and as a team member of KOS. 

Going into Celina High School for her sophomore, Agnesa was approached by the band directors and asked to bring twirling to their school, and she was incredibly happy to have the opportunity. Since then she has done her best to show her school pride as a representative for CHS and the sport of Baton Twirling in Celina. 


While this past year has been a strange one, we asked Agnesa what the biggest challenge she had to face was, and she said twirling space. “Finding a place to practice was difficult and I was only able to practice outside.” With the changes, we wanted to what kept her motivated. “I learned that just because there is nothing to practice for, doesn't mean you should give up or take time off.” 

The changes coming with COVID have also affected Agnesa’s Fall season, but the CHS community has been able to push through and make the most of it. “So far, only one game was cancelled, but we do have reduced capacity, mask requirements, and some away games they take only a pep band or half the band.”

Now that we have been introduced to Celina High School, let’s learn more about Agnesa!

Agnesa Dolomite

Senior Feature Twirler
Agnesa is an Elite level competitor that has been twirling for 13 years. She is coaches by Lori Perkins. The twirling title she is the proudest of earning was the Texas State Artistic Twirl Grand Champion in 2019. Her favorite field trick is a leap walkover. In baton twirling, she has been most inspired by Emily Perkins and Savannah Miller. After High School she plans to go to college and study to be a social worker. 






Fun Facts: 
Favorite Color – Yellow

Favorite Movie – Mary Poppins

Favorite Quote – “When in doubt, eat Tacos!”

When she is not twirling she loves to… “Sleep!”

Something people might not know about her is… “I used to do karate”

Best Advice from her Coach… "Don't say I can't" 

Favorite Moment as a Baton Twirler “Twirling with my KOS Pre-Trials team at Nationals.”

Funniest Moment as a Baton Twirler… “Splitting open my eyebrow when doing a double illusion. Didn't even realize till the blood dripping down into my eye.”


Best Life Skill she has learned from Baton Twirling… “It's okay to have rough days!”

Advice for Future Twirlers… “Make a list of things you need to accomplish before you start practicing and check off as you complete.” 

After twirling for over a decade, Agnesa has had lots of great experiences thanks to baton twirling and being a part of the CHS Game Days is definitely a highlight. She has many favorites including participating in the Homecoming Parade each year on Town Square and performing at pep rallies. 

As this is Agnesa’s senior year, we wanted to know what she would miss the most when she graduates, and she said Friday Nights are going to be something she will never forget. She did mention that she loves the band tradition of “Friday Night Diner” and that the thing she will always remember is all the “Friday Night Lights and bus rides with the band.”

We want to thank Agnesa for her time, and we wish her an amazing rest of her Senior year. Go Bobcats!

We hope you have enjoyed this edition of our FNL Feature. Have a favorite HS or Collegiate Twirler that you would like to see interviewed? Please contact us at texastwirlcontact@gmail.com with their name and email address so that we can reach out to them!

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Contest Calendar Series - 2020 Fall Twirling Festival

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

You know competition season is here when we are within a week of the first contest entry deadline. We are currently only a month away from the first in person contest of the season! Wow! Make sure you have www.texastwirl.com/contests.html bookmarked on your phone or computer so that you always know where to find the upcoming contest calendar and links to all the entry forms as they become available.

Today we have our first Contest Calendar Series of the new season, the 2020 Fall Twirling Festival!


Please note that the deadline for this competition is Monday, October 26th!
You must have your entries submitted online or postmarked by this date. Click here to download the entry form or you can visit the super easy to use Online Registration site. For more information, please contact the contest director at michele.pangrac@gmail.com.

Who? What? When? Where? Why?
Who: Contest Director Michele Pangrac & Co-Director Mary Ann Pozzi
What: 2020 Fall Twirling Festival
When: Saturday, November 21, 2020. Facility opens at 8:00 am. Contest begins at 8:30 am.
Where: Pickrell Park Pavilion, 703 Oak Street, Schertz, TX, 78154


Why: This is a great contest to jump start the competitive twirling season and put new routines and tricks on the floor! Casual atmosphere, outdoor facility with plenty of space to ensure social distancing, and qualified judges, makes for a wonderful event!

CONTEST HASHTAG: #falltwirlfest2020
For this event we would love to see our Texas twirlers utilize the hashtag #falltwirlfest2020 when posting photos of this competition on social media. Don't forget to tag @twirlingiscatchingtx on Instagram or Facebook and we may share your pic on one of our pages.

MUST KNOW CONTEST INFO!

Outdoor Venue: Due to COVID-19, this year’s Fall Twirling Festival will be held outdoors at the Pickrell Park Pavilion. This space allows for plenty of distancing while still offering a high ceiling. 

One Costume: To keep things simple, and to prevent bathroom crowding/lines, each twirler should only wear one costume for all events. Plan ahead for which costume you will use. Also, all modeling events will be in this costume, even for Advanced pageant. 

2019 Turkey Trick Winners

Bring Your Own Chairs: As there are not bleachers at the facility, and to allow for more spacing between groups, please bring your own chairs/seats. 

Event Food Options: There will not be a traditional concession stand, but they will have a food truck available for meals. It is suggested that attendees pack their own snacks and drinks as well. The park is huge and great for picnics between events!

COVID-19 Precautions: Masks are to be worn by all attendees, including twirlers, unless they are actively twirling. Please utilize hand sanitizer and maintain social distance wherever possible. 

Highlighted Event: 
The headline events for this contest will be the Fall Festival Majorette pageant and the Fall Festival Model Pageant. The contest is also offering first contest basic strut and first contest solo events.

Want to attend this event? 
Please visit the Contest Online Registration Page, download the 2020 Fall Twirling Festival entry form, or contact the director at michele.pangrac@gmail.com with any questions!


We hope you found this edition of the Contest Calendar Series useful. We are always looking for new stories about Texas twirlers. Do you have an idea or some info we could use to help highlight our sport? Contact us at texastwirlcontact@gmail.com and we would love to hear more!