Sunday, February 10, 2019

Contest Calendar Series - Texas Championship Twirler 2019

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

What an exciting couple of weeks we have coming up. Great contest yesterday in Desoto, only a few days away from Texas twirlers competing at the East Texas Twirling Festival or Twirl Mania, plus, can you believe the Southwest Regional Championship is only five weeks away? Wow! If you still need to get those routines on the floor before then, don't worry! You still have one more chance!

Today's Contest Calendar Series is the 2019 Texas Championship Twirler Contest in Corpus Christi!


*DEADLINE FRIDAY* Please note that the deadline for this competition is Friday, February 15, 2019. You must have your entry postmarked by this day. Click here to download the entry form. For more information, please contact the contest directors at twirlkim123@yahoo.com.

Who? What? When? Where? Why?
Who: Contest Director: Nancy Eisenhauer. Assistant Directors: Keely Davis & Kim Berger.
What: 2019 Texas Championship Twirler Contest
When: Saturday, March 2, 2019. Doors open at 7:30 am. Teams begin at 8:30 am.
Where: Flour Bluff High School Varsity Gym - 2505 Waldron Rd, Corpus Christi, TX 78418
Why: While this is not only a great contest, it is also your last chance to get on the competition floor in the State of Texas before Regionals. It is also a great excuse to hit the beach!


CONTEST HASHTAG: #corpustwirl2019
For this event, we strongly encourage our Texas twirlers to utilize the hashtag #corpustwirl2019 when posting photos of this competition on social media. Please also tag the Twirling is Catching FB page or Instagram account (@twirlingiscatchingtx), and we might share your picture on our social media!

Highlighted Event: The Corpus Christi contest is well known for being the home of the "Toss Contests". Each year (separately) the moms, the dads, and the twirlers get a chance to face off in a toss contest! There is no additional cost to enter. Just make sure to listen for the announcement and join the others on the floor.


Unique Feature: This contest offers some fun prizes! Not only do 1st-5th place in the Model/Mini Pageant receive TIARAS, there will be $5 Target Gift Cards handed out as the Sportsmanship awards!

Reminders from the Directors: 
1. The day will start with teams in the morning and then will move on to modeling events.
2. All modeling events will be done in costume, including mini pageant and advanced pageant.
3. As modeling will occur after teams, hair may be up or down for modeling events.

Want to attend this event? Please download the Entry Form, or contact twirlkim123@yahoo.com. 

Also, don't forget to check out http://www.texastwirl.com/contests.html for information and entry forms for many upcoming contests in and around the State of Texas. There are many great contests and camps heading our way, and you don't want to miss out!


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? Please contact us at texastwirlcontact@gmail.com and we would love to hear more about it. 

Monday, February 4, 2019

Contest Calendar Series - 2019 Southwest Regional Championships

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

Welcome to February! Competition season is officially in full swing. The North Plains contest just wrapped up, and we are only days away from the Dallas Twirling Festival. Plus, one of the most important contest deadlines of the season is upon us. Keeping up with all the contest by visiting www.texastwirl.com.

For today's Contest Calendar Series we will be discussing the 2019 Southwest Regional Championships and Miss Majorette of the Southwest competition in Fort Worth.


*DEADLINE FRIDAY* Please note that the deadline for this competition is this Friday, February 8th, 2019. You must have your entry postmarked by this day. Click here to download the entry form. For more information, please contact the Contest Director at vickiray911@charter.net.

Who? What? When? Where? Why?
Who: Contest Director Vicki Ray
What: 2019 Southwest Regional Championships & Miss Majorette of the Southwest
When: Saturday, March 16 & Sunday, March 17, 2019. Doors open at 7:00 am. Contest begins at 8:00 am.
Where: VR Eaton High School, 1350 Eagle Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76052


Why: This is the first major competition of the season. The Southwest Regional Championships is a qualifying event for the National pageants and provides the opportunity for competitors to represent the Southwest Region at AYOP this summer at Notre Dame University.

CONTEST HASHTAG: #swregionalstwirl2019
For this event, we strongly encourage our Texas twirlers to utilize the hashtag #swregionalstwirl2019 when posting photos of this competition on social media. Please also tag the Twirling is Catching FB page or Instagram account (@twirlingiscatchingtx) and we might share your picture on our social media!

Unique Feature: When Regionals is in Fort Worth Texas , you can always expect a smooth contest with nice awards, and lots of facility space for competition and practice across the three gyms. As this year's event also falls on St. Patrick's Day, our Southwest Regional Tee shirts will be heather gray with our unique Logo in green.  You can order your Tee with your Southwest entry.

Highlighted Event: Southwest Regionals has many very special traditions. There are two traveling trophies at this event that are in memory of two important people to the twirling community.  The College Miss Majorette of the Southwest is awarded the Tony Pierce Memorial Award. This award was started in 2008 by Janice Jackson Seamands and supported by the Pierce/Johnson/Ashcraft/Mayben Families. The Teenage Miss Majorette of the Southwest is awarded the Shane Downey Memorial Trophy.  This award was started in 2012 by the Mickey and Payne Families.  Both are very prestigious awards and a special part of the Southwest Regional Championships.


This year we also have a very special guest. Adaline Bebo, the reigning College Miss Majorette of America, will have a presentation and will assist in the awards ceremony.

FYI's from the Director: Southwest regionals corresponds with many spring break school holidays.  With that in mind don’t forget the whole family.  The DFW area is FULL of fun entertainment and sport venues.  Come early and enjoy your family or stay after and celebrate in all the fun attractions.

Want to attend this event? Please download the Southwest Regional Entry Form, or contact the Contest Director at vickiray911@charter.net.


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? Please contact us at texastwirlcontact@gmail.com and we would love to hear more about it. 

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Contest Calendar Series - Dallas Twirling Festival 2019

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

What a great weekend of Texas twirlers. Congrats to all the twirlers that participated in the Twirl in the Woods contest on Saturday! It was a great contest and so fun to see everyone back on the floor.

Time to get ready for the next ones! The next Texas NBTA contest entry deadline is upon us!

Today our Contest Calendar Series is about the 2019 Dallas Twirling Festival!


*DEADLINE TODAY* Please note that the deadline for this competition is TODAY, January 22nd, 2019. You must have your entry postmarked by this date, and please note, entries must be sent with a money order or cashiers check. Click here to download the entry form. Worried about being able to get your entry deadline in before the end of the day? For more information or to see if you can enter after the deadline, please contact the contest directors at texastouchofclass@gmail.com.

Who? What? When? Where? Why?
Who: Contest Directors Shirley Payne & Sheila Payne Rigelsky
What: 48th Annual Dallas Twirling Festival
When: Saturday, February 9th, 2019. Doors open at 7:00 am. Contest begins at 8:00 am.
Where: DeSoto High School (Freshman Campus), 620 S. Westomoreland Road, DeSoto, TX 75115


Why: This competition is a legacy competition. Not only is it in its 48th year, which is something to be said on it's own, but it is directed by a mother/daughter duo. Twirlers from all over Texas, and surrounding states, come to this competition. This competition is also known for having out of state judges, so that contestants get a wide variety of comments. The directors have had years, and years, and YEARS of experience directing competitions; therefore, the event runs smoothly and timely. They also bring an upbeat element of fun throughout the day!

CONTEST HASHTAG: #dallastwirlfest2019
For this event, we strongly encourage our Texas Twirlers to utilize the hashtag #dallastwirlfest2019 when posting photos of this competition on social media.


Highlighted Event: A highlighted event of this competition is the Parent/Twirler Duet category! Since this contest is directed by a mother/daughter, it is only fitting that other parent/daughter duos show off their talents!

Unique Feature: The awards are beautiful and PINK! Nice sized trophies, unique first place pageant awards, and beautiful tiaras are awarded. Also, all enjoy the special ratings trophies, as well as, the vintage medals awarded to the runners up.

Any last comments? Miss Shirley and Sheila appreciate all the support over the last 47 years, and look forward to many more years! See you on February 9th!

Want to attend this event? Please download the Dallas Twirling Festival 2019 Entry Form, or contact the directors at texastouchofclass@gmail.com.


Also, don't forget to check out www.texastwirl.com/contests.html for information and entry forms for many upcoming contests in and around the State of Texas. There are many great contests heading our way, and you don't want to miss out!

We hope you have enjoyed 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 information we could use to help highlight our sport? Please contact us at texastwirlcontact@gmail.com and we would love to hear more about it. 

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Contest Calendar Series - Twirl in the Woods Update!

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

We are only two days away from the 2019 Twirl in the Woods contest! We know everyone is packing up and getting ready to travel to The Woodlands for the first NBTA contest in Texas for 2019, so we have some updates from the Contest Directors to help you prepare!


Contest Schedule

7:00 am - Contest Facility Opens
8:00 am - TEAMS in the Competition Gym & Ratings in the Practice Gym
9:15 am - Duets
9:30 am - Modeling Events in Gym
11:30 am - Team Awards and Open Gym for Practice
12:00 pm - Strutting Events in Competition Gym
                - Solo & Multiple Baton Events in Competition Gym
4:30 pm - Miss Majorette & Basic Skills Awards
5:00 pm - Show Twirls, Rhythmics, and UIL/Tryout Routines

(The above schedule displays estimated times and is subject to change)


Facility - The Woodlands College Park High School

When arriving at TWCPHS, the best place to park is in the parking lot to the side of the entrance. From that parking lot there is a door directly in to the gym. See the parking map below!



Concession Stand

There will be a concession stand at the event. They will be selling breakfast foods, coffee and juice, Frito Pie, Hotdogs, Chips, Fruit, and other Snacks. Please support the TWCPHS students and save yourself a trip out of the facility by purchasing from the concession stand!


If you have any questions, please contact the Contest Directors Patti Mickey and Kayli Mickey-McIntosh at pmickey2008@gmail.com. They can't wait to host everyone in The Woodlands this weekend and they wish everyone safe travels...

M-I-C... See you real soon!
K-E-Y... Why? Because we love you!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Contest Calendar Series - East TX Valentine's Twirling Festival 2019

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

Can you believe it is already halfway through January and we are only days from the first Texas NBTA contest in 2019? Who all is going to Twirl in the Woods? Make sure to tag us in your photos and we will share them through the day!

While this month has gotten away from us pretty quickly, we still wanted to give a last minute mention to a great contest that is coming up in only a few weeks.

Today our Contest Calendar Series is the 2019 East Texas Valentine's Twirling Festival Majorette Showcase & Twirl Day Clinic!


*DEADLINE TODAY* Please note that the deadline for this competition is TODAY, Wednesday, January 16, 2019, so get your entry in the mail ASAP. Click here to download the entry form. For more information, please contact the contest director, Janice Jackson Seamands at jjtwrldnc@aol.com or (214) 697-5310.

If you would like to attend this contest but cannot get your entry in the mail today, please email the Contest Director! She might be able to work with you to get your twirler into the contest anyway!

Who? What? When? Where? Why?
Who: Contest Director Janice Jackson Seamands
What: 2019 East Texas Valentine's Twirling Festival & Twirl Day Clinic
When: Saturday, February 16th, 2019. Doors open at 7:30 am. Contest begins at 8:30 am.
Where: Sabine High School, 5324 FM 1252 West, Gladewater, TX 75647
Why: 2019 is a special year for this contest! This year the contest has moved from North Dallas to a great facility with two gyms in Gladewater, TX, making it the only "East Texas" NBTA contest. With a great new location and being in a new part of the State, the 2019 Valentine's Twirling Festival will bring a ton of awesome new twirlers together.

CONTEST HASHTAG: #valentinestwirlfest2019
. For this event, we strongly encourage our Texas Twirlers to utilize the hashtag #valentinestwirlfest2019 when posting photos of this competition on social media.

Highlighted Event: An additional bonus to this contest is the Twirl Day Clinic on Sunday, February 17th from Noon to 4:00 pm. Cost of the Clinic is only $75, and for that you get great instruction from some fantastic Twirling Coaches! All four of the wonderful instructors have held National titles, twirled for their respective Universities, and are current NBTA Judges and Coaches, bringing a huge wealth of knowledge to this clinic. You will not want to miss it!

*Michele Sweet Pangrac, Former Collegiate World Champion
*Nicole Jensen, Former College Miss Majorette of America 
*Caroline Carothers, 2016 Miss Texas & Baylor Golden Girl
*Whitney King Coons, Former University of TX Feature Twirler

Unique Feature: This contest will include a special Majorette Showcase. This is an event where field twirlers can perform their football. UIL style, or Try-Out Routines and receive feedback, critique, and an award from the NBTA Certified Judges. There will be an Overall Outstanding Performance award given to the bets Majorette Line and Best Individual Performer in the Showcase.

Want to attend this event? Please download the 2019 East Texas Valentine's Twirling Festival Entry Form, or contact the director, Janice Jackson Seamands, at jjtwrldnc@aol.com.

Also, don't forget to check out www.texastwirl.com/contests.html for information and entry forms for many upcoming contests in the State of Texas. There are many great contests heading our way, and their deadlines are around the corner!

We hope you have enjoyed 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 information we could use to help highlight our sport? Please contact us at texastwirlcontact@gmail.com and we would love to hear more about it. 

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

3...2...1... Happy 2019! 2018 Year End Countdown

Happy 2019 Texas Twirl Fans!

The new year always brings memories of the year that has past, and so much hope for the year to come.

Texas Twirling had many amazing moments in 2018... the CMMOA title coming home to Baylor, 5 Texas Twirlers winning the modeling in their National Pageant, 5 baton twirlers competing in Miss Texas, etc. With the fantastic talent that is developing in this State, we cannot wait to see what 2019 brings for #TeamTexas!


For this blog, we have continued to live out our mission to help keep our sport and our community going strong by bringing us together. It just makes every moment of time spent on these posts worth it when we go to contests and see twirlers from all over Texas that may not have known who the others were taking pictures together and enjoying the friendships that come with twirling. #TeamTexas is amazing!


To celebrate, here is our annual Goodbye 2018 post to take a look back at 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 - 48,702
*First Blog Post of 2018 - Contest Calendar Series: Dallas Twirling Festival Update
*Top Friday Night Lights Feature Post - Lubbock Coronado High School, Kirby Stanek
*Top Collegiate Twirler Spotlight Post -Vanderbilt University, Haylee Castagna
*Highest Viewed #TeamTexas AYOP 2018 Post - Vick's Chicks
*Highest Number of Likes on Instagram - #TwirlerTuesday post of the Texas Tech Twirlers
*Highest Number of Likes on Facebook - Monahans HS Twirlers Practicing for football season
*Highest Number of Shares on Facebook -Monahans HS Twirlers Practicing for football season 
*Highest Viewed Miss Texas 2018 - Meet the Twirlers: Miss Fort Worth, Erica Kuntz
*Highest Viewed Contest Calendar Series - 2018 Southwest Regional Championship

Top 10 Posts By Page View Numbers:
         #1: 2,961 page views - 2018 Fall Twirler Announcement - Abilene Christian University
         #2: 2,283 page views - Friday Night Lights Feature - Lubbock Coronado High School
         #3: 2,035 page views - Miss Texas 2018 Meet the Twirlers - Miss Fort Worth
         #4: 1,734 page views - Friday Night Lights Feature - Founders Classical Academy
         #5: 1,627 page views - Collegiate Twirler Spotlight - Vanderbilt University
         #6: 1,477 page views - 2018 Fall Twirler Announcement - Stephen F Austin University
         #7: 1,401 page views - Friday Night Lights Feature - Winston Churchill Hight School
         #8: 1,360 page views - Miss Texas 2018 Meet the Twirlers - Miss San Antonio
         #9: 1,217 page views - 2018 Texas Collegiate Twirler Audition Guide
         #10: 1,093 page views - Friday Night Lights Feature - Shiner High School

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.

While we do have our Contest Calendar Series, Contest Wrap-Up Series, Collegiate Twirler Audition Guide and Announcements, plus some new post series in progress, 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 community? Email texastwirlcontact@gmail.com.

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