Monday, June 1, 2020

Contest Calendar Series: 2020 Virtual ATX Summer Twirl Fest

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

Welcome to June! We know the past couple of months have been a little crazy, and there have been quite a few disappointments with contest cancellations, but before you hang those routines up for the summer, we have one more contest opportunity for you!

Today our Contest Calendar Series is about the 2020 Virtual ATX Summer Twirl Fest!



*REGISTRATION DEADLINE FRIDAY* 
Please note that the registration deadline for this contest is this Friday, June 5th at Midnight! Visit http://www.twirlatx.com/summer-twirlfest.html to find the contest information and registration form, or you can email the contest directors at atxtwirlfest@gmail.com with any questions.

Who? What? When? Where? Why?
Who - Hosted by Twirl ATX & Directed by Ashley Wood and Whitney Coons
What - 2020 Virtual ATX Summer Twirl Fest
When - Saturday, June 20th, 2020. The first events will start at 8:30 am
Where - Wherever you want! This contest is virtual, so all performances will occur using ZOOM via your personal electronic device. Some competitors will perform in gyms or studios, some will perform on tennis or basketball courts, and many will perform on the street in front of their house! There is no right or wrong place to perform, as long as it is flat, safe, and the screen can see your full body during your routines.


Why - This event will allow everyone to enjoy a twirling competition while staying safe, giving your twirlers something to look forward to, and offering closure to the season. They have a panel of excellent NBTA Certified judges lined up, and a wide variety of events. All events will be performed live via Zoom and judged upon completion as they would be at an in person competition. Performances will not be recorded and will only be seen by the judge and their clerk.

CONTEST HASHTAG! #atxsummertwirlfest
For this event we would love to see any competing Texas Twirlers utilize the hashtag #atxsummertwirlfest when posting photos of the competition weekend on social media. Use the hashtag and your photo could end up on this blog or the contest site! Don't forget to tag @twirlingiscatchingtx on Facebook or Instagram and we may share your pic on one of our pages.

HIGHLIGHTED EVENTS: 

  • Miss Twirling Sunshine Pageant: While there have been other virtual contests, the ATX Summer Twirl Fest is the first to offer a pageant! Winners will receive a plaque and sash, and the 2nd through 5th place twirlers will receive a slightly smaller plaque. 
  • UIL Ratings Event: As UIL Texas State Solo & Ensemble was cancelled, the ATX Summer Twirl Fest has arranged for a UIL State Twirling Judge for those wanting to perform their UIL routine for a rating, just like they would have at TSSEC. The judge will even be designating 1-3 Outstanding Performers! While this will not be an official UIL designation, this gives twirlers the opportunity to see how they would have done and have that final performance. 
  • Father/Daughter Events: Since the ATX Summer Twirl Fest will be held on Father's Day Weekend (Saturday only though), they wanted to get the dads involved! Fathers & their Twirler can compete in either the Daddy/Daughter Basic Strut or Duet (or both!). Prizes for this event will include custom Koozies for the Top 5 Dads in each category!

UNIQUE FEATURE: Zoom Hangout Rooms
They have added a fun feature to this event just for the twirlers! We know the best part of contests is visiting with your friends, so during the course of the ATX Summer Twirl Fest they will be operating Zoom Hangout Rooms for the twirlers to get together and catch up! This will allow the twirlers to visit with their friends all over Texas in between events just like they would at an in person contest. It may not be exactly the same, but it is one step closer to seeing their friends!


Interested in attending this event? Visit http://www.twirlatx.com/summer-twirlfest.html to find contest info and the online registration link. Have any questions? Contact atxtwirlfest@gmail.com or call /text Ashley at 512-848-7426. We hope to see everyone via Zoom on June 20th!


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

Saturday, May 23, 2020

2020 Fall Twirler Announcements - Baylor University

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

It is that exciting time of year where twirlers are auditioning for twirling spots for the Fall. This blog hopes to help spread the excitement by announcing the selections for the lovely twirlers we will see on the field very soon in Texas, and representing out of State. If you have an announcement for new twirler selections for 2020-21, please email texastwirlcontact@gmail.com so that we can help spread the word!

Today we announce the selection of the 2020-21 Baylor University Golden Girl Feature Twirlers!


The Baylor Golden Girls, lead by Coordinator Lynn Dell Harrell, are coveted twirling spots in the twirling community, as these positions have a history of being held by some of the area's best. We are super excited to see that this Fall season will be no different! Returning this season will be Golden Girls Jillian Taylor & Paige Glass, and joining them at McLane Stadium will be newcomer, Mallory Remm!


Jillian Taylor, who was named as the Fall 2020 Twirler Captain, is originally from Tustin, California. She will be a Senior this Fall and is double majoring in corporate innovation and marketing. This will be her fourth season with Baylor, and she can't wait to make more unforgettable memories cheering on her Bears.











Paige Glass, who is a Texas girl from Gonzales. This Fall she will be a Senior, and she is studying biochemistry on the pre-med and honors tracks. This will be her fourth season with Baylor and she can't wait to cheer on the bears with thousands of her closest friends again.










Mallory Remm is the newest addition to the Golden Girls. Coming to Texas from Sussex, Wisconsin, She will be studying communication sciences and disorders. In Wisconsin she was the Feature Twirler for her High School, a member of the Revolutions Twirling Club, and was coached by Anna Spiers and Aryn Swann. When asked what brought her all the way down to Baylor, she told us "as soon as I stepped on Baylor's campus it felt like home! The campus traditions, welcoming community, Baylor spirit, and the amazing people I met along the way made Baylor stand out for me from other schools. I am so honored to represent Baylor University and I cannot wait to take the field as a Golden Girl!"




What an amazing group of twirlers to be together on the same field. Makes you want to break out your green and gold and yell "Sic Em Bears!" We want to give a big welcome to Mallory and a congrats to Paige and Jillian. We wish you all a wonderful football season!

We hope you have enjoyed this blog post. We are always looking for great new stories about Texas twirlers. Do you have an idea or some information we could use to help highlight our sport? Contact us at texastwirlcontact@gmail.com and we would love to hear more about it. 

Saturday, May 16, 2020

2020 Fall Twirler Announcements - Missouri Southern State University

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

It is that exciting time of year where twirlers are auditioning for twirling spots for the Fall. This blog hopes to help spread the excitement by announcing the selections for the lovely twirlers we will see on the field very soon in Texas, and representing out of State. If you have an announcement for new twirler selections for 2020-21, please email texastwirlcontact@gmail.com so that we can help spread the word!

Today we announce the 2020-21 Missouri Southern State University Feature Twirler!


MSSU is located in Joplin, Missouri, and is the home of the Lions. It is now also the home away from home to Texas Twirler, Alexis Maggard! Alexis will be a Junior at MSSU this Fall where she will be majoring in Social Work. Previously, she was the Twirler at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, and her parents live in Frisco. Alexis is very excited that at MSSU this Fall she will have a Co-Feature, Tori Cooper. She tells us, “I can't wait to share the MSSU field with one of my long time friends!"

Congrats to Alexis! We know you will be amazing in the green and gold! Go Lions!

We hope you have enjoyed this blog post. We are always looking for great new stories about Texas twirlers. Do you have an idea or some information we could use to help highlight our sport? Contact us at texastwirlcontact@gmail.com and we would love to hear more about it. 

2020 Fall Twirler Announcements - University of Houston

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

It is that exciting time of year where twirlers are auditioning for twirling spots for the Fall. This blog hopes to help spread the excitement by announcing the selections for the lovely twirlers we will see on the field very soon in Texas, and representing out of State. If you have an announcement for new twirler selections for 2020-21, please email texastwirlcontact@gmail.com so that we can help spread the word!

Today we announce the 2020-21 University of Houston Feature Twirlers!



The U of H Feature Twirlers, lead by Coach Jennifer Garrison, are "an elite Team of Baton Twirling Soloists who are integral contributors to the entertainment value of the Spirit of Houston Marching Band". This year U of H is welcoming two new twirlers to the field... Ainsley McDonald and Emily Mitchell!

Ainsley is from Whitehouse, TX. She will enter UH in the Fall as a true Freshman studying Human Development & Family Studies. Emily is from White Oak, TX. She will begin her first year at UH as a Sophomore majoring in English. You can see these ladies this fall rocking it at the TDECU Stadium.

Congrats to Emily and Ainsley! We know you will make the scarlet and silver look good!


We hope you have enjoyed this blog post. We are always looking for great new stories about Texas twirlers. Do you have an idea or some information we could use to help highlight our sport? Contact us at texastwirlcontact@gmail.com and we would love to hear more about it. 

Thursday, May 7, 2020

2020 Fall Twirler Announcements - Lamar University Cardinalettes

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

It is that exciting time of year where twirlers are auditioning for twirling spots for the Fall. This blog hopes to help spread the excitement by announcing the selections for the lovely twirlers we will see on the field very soon in Texas, and representing out of State. If you have an announcement for new twirler selections for 2020-21, please email texastwirlcontact@gmail.com so that we can help spread the word!

Today we announce the 2020-21 Lamar University Cardinalette Twirlers!



Lamar University, location in Beaumont, Texas, is the home of the Cardinals and the Cardinalette Twirling line! The Cardinalette Twirlers came back to the field less than ten years ago with the return of football and a marching band to Lamar University. In 2017 the line received a new name, a new coach, and a new look! This years tryouts were held virtually in April, and the seven members of the 2020-21 line were selected.

The 2020-21 Cardinalettes Twirlers include:

  • Head Twirler: Lauren Cole - 4th Year Twirler. Early Education Major from Port Neches, Tx
  • Kaitlyn Marley - 5th Year Twirler. Music Education Major from Nederland, Tx 
  • Alyza Steen - 2nd Year Twirler. Chemical Engineering Major from Nederland, Tx
  • Katie Gillard - 2nd Year Twirler. Nursing Major from Nederland, Tx
  • Catarina Tran - 2nd Year Twirler. Music Education Major from Nederland, Tx
  • Laney Powdrill - 2nd Year Twirler. Communications Major from Buna, Tx
  • Abbygail Walden - 1st Year Twirler. General Studies Major from Vidor, Tx

We are excited to continue to follow this program and we wish the Cardinalettes an amazing season!

We hope you have enjoyed this blog post. We are always looking for great new stories about Texas twirlers. Do you have an idea or some information we could use to help highlight our sport? Contact us at texastwirlcontact@gmail.com and we would love to hear more about it. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

2020 Fall Twirler Announcements - San Diego State University

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

It is that exciting time of year where twirlers are auditioning for twirling spots for the Fall. This blog hopes to help spread the excitement by announcing the selections for the lovely twirlers we will see on the field very soon in Texas, and representing out of State. If you have an announcement for new twirler selections for 2020-21, please email texastwirlcontact@gmail.com so that we can help spread the word!

Today we announce one of the 2020-21 San Diego State University Twirlers!


San Diego State University, also known as SDSU, is located in San Diego, California, and is the home of the Fighting Aztecs. Lead by Coach, and Former College Miss Majorette of America, Catherine Watters, SDSU has been building their reputation as a great place for college twirlers.

This year, the SDSU Twirlers will include Texas girl, Tatiana Guillen!

Tatiana is from San Antonio, TX, and is currently a student at Antonian College Preparatory, where she is a Feature Twirler. She is coached by Pat Montgomery of the Alamo City Strutters. At SDSU, Tatiana will be majoring in Marine Biology. She will be joined on the field by co-twirler, Keili.

How does this Texas Twirler feel about going all the way to California? "I’m excited to be moving out of state and to experience new things and to meet new people, but I’m also nervous to be leaving home.” We can imagine that is a huge change, but we know with Coach Catherine, she will have plenty of support!

We all want to wish a huge congrats to Tatiana as she represents in San Diego! Go Aztecs!


We hope you have enjoyed this blog post. We are always looking for great new stories about Texas twirlers. Do you have an idea or some information we could use to help highlight our sport? Contact us at texastwirlcontact@gmail.com and we would love to hear more about it. 

Saturday, May 2, 2020

2020 Fall Twirler Announcements - Keiser University

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

It is that exciting time of year where twirlers are auditioning for twirling spots for the Fall. This blog hopes to help spread the excitement by announcing the selections for the lovely twirlers we will see on the field very soon in Texas, and representing out of State. If you have an announcement for new twirler selections for 2020-21, please email texastwirlcontact@gmail.com so that we can help spread the word!

We are excited to announce the new Keiser University Feature Twirler, Jennifer Kotzur!


Keiser University, located in West Palm Beach, Florida, was founded in 1977 with the Flagship Campus opening and merging with Northwood University in 2005, resulting in the Keiser University Seahawks! Purity, Truth, and Wisdom prevails as Navy Blue and Sky Blue waves ever true.

This Fall, Jenn (Jennifer) Kotzur of Stockdale, Texas will take her place as Keiser's third ever feature twirler! She is the student of Amber Rhyne Hanel and Whitney King Coons. She is also the reigning Miss World’s Perfect Twirler and 2020 Miss Texas Perfect Twirler Superhero, and she will be representing Texas (virtually) at the World’s Perfect Athlete 2020 this Summer.

Previously, Jenn was the first “Island Girl” Islander Feature Twirler for Texas A & M-Corpus Christi  (2006-11) earning her BA in Social Studies Education. She then continued her education and collegiate twirling at Howard Payne University (2011-2015), graduating in 2016 with a MA in Youth Ministry. Recently Jenn has been bringing baton twirling to the entertainment world as a performing baton twirler for Six Flags Fiesta Texas and Morgan's Wonderland, both in San Antonio.

At Keiser University, Jenn will be pursuing her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction and will have the very unique opportunity with Keiser Athletics as the Team Manager (graduate assistant) and Twirler to the National Champion Keiser University Seahawk Spirit Squads, alongside award-winning coach, Laura Pucker! Jennifer is excited to follow her dreams educationally and athletically. As she tells us, "This all comes as an unexpected blessing and a reminder to all... don’t stop believing!"

Congrats Jenn! We wish you the best of luck at Keiser. We know you will share a little sparkle and Texan hospitality with all you meet in Florida. Go Keiser University Seahawks!


We hope you have enjoyed this blog post. We are always looking for great new stories about Texas twirlers. Do you have an idea or some information we could use to help highlight our sport? Contact us at texastwirlcontact@gmail.com and we would love to hear more about it.