Monday, April 19, 2021

2021 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 2021-22, please email texastwirlcontact@gmail.com so that we can help spread the word!

Today we are announcing the 2021-22 San Diego State University Feature Twirler!

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 coming fall,  SDSU will be Featuring Texas Twirler, Kaylynn Lambert!

Kaylynn lives in The Woodlands, TX, where she is the Feature Twirler at The Woodlands High School, where she will be graduating Cum Laude this May. She is also the 2021 Southwest Regional Senior Solo & X-Strut Champion. Kaylynn is coached by Patti Mickey & Kayli Mickey-McIntosh from the Mickey's Majorettes, and has been previously coached by Nancy Eisenhauer, Kim Berger, & Keely Davis from the Stingerettes. At SDSU she will be majoring in Psychology. 

How does this Texas Girl feel about being an Aztec? "I am so honored to have been selected as the new SDSU Feature Twirler! I am looking forward so much to meeting interesting people who are super involved in the school and experiencing the energy and spirit of the Aztec fans at the first home game this fall! I am ready to represent San Diego State University at events across the nation as their next Feature Twirler!"

We all want to wish a huge congrats to Kaylynn as she represents Texas in San Diego! Make sure to follow her adventures by checking out @sdsu_twirlers on Instagram. 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, April 17, 2021

The More You Know - How does AAU work?

 Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

We are excited to bring you a new edition of our series “The More You Know…”. In this series we will be posting about different baton twirling associations or rules/guidelines that currently exist, but that not everyone may be familiar with or fully understand. Our first edition of this series, which was re-shared earlier this week, was about using proper NBTA Title Terminology, and we also did a blog last spring to learn more about How USTA Works. Make sure to check out these posts to stay informed!

As many of you have seen us share on the @twirlingiscatchingtx social media pages, in just three weeks there will be an Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) contest in Cedar Park, Texas, and that this August, Texas will be hosting the AAU Junior Olympic Games! There has been a lot of interest in #teamtexas participating in these events, but everyone has the same set of questions in regards to participation...

"What is AAU? How does it work? And how is it different from my normal twirling association?"


We are here today to help answer these questions for you! Hopefully at the end of this post you will be able to identify that AAU is not much different than NBTA or USTA, and that you could easily attend the Lonestar Super Regional or Junior Olympic Games without changing most of your routines. If you have any questions about anything included in this post, please feel free to reach out to texastwirlcontact@gmail.com, AAULonestarTwirl@gmail.com, or jennifer@aausports.org


Online Resources & Contest Registration Info:

AAU Baton Twirling National Website - AAU - Baton Twirling

AAU Baton Twirling Online Rule Book - AAU - Baton Twirling Rule Book

Follow AAU Baton Twirling on Facebook - AAU Baton Twirling | Facebook

AAU Lonestar Baton Twirling Super Regional is on May 8th in Cedar Park, TX. 
Registration deadline is April 20th at midnight. Visit AAU Lonestar (twirlatx.com)

AAU Baton Twirling Junior Olympic Games are on August 1st to 4th in Houston, TX. 
Registration deadline is July 5th at midnight. Visit AAU Junior Olympic Games


What is AAU? 

"The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) has been raising champions for more than a century. Since its inception in 1888, the AAU has set the standard for amateur sports in the United States with one goal in mind: “Sports For All, Forever.” As one of the largest, non-profit, volunteer, multi-sport event organizations in the world, the AAU is dedicated exclusively to the promotion and development of amateur sports and physical fitness programs. The AAU philosophy of “Sports For All, Forever” is now shared by nearly 700,000 members and 150,000 volunteers across 41 sports programs and 55 U.S. districts. The AAU was founded in 1888 to establish standards and uniformity in amateur sport. During its early years the AAU served as a leader in international sport representing the U.S. in the international sports federations. The AAU worked closely with the Olympic movement to prepare athletes for the Olympic games. In the late 1970's, the AAU re-shifted its focus and efforts to providing sports programs for all participants of all ages beginning at the grassroots level." - Amateur Athletic Union (AAU)

While the AAU and the Junior Olympic Games are not directly associated with the Olympics, they are a great stepping stone for many athletes to go that route someday. AAU is not a direct line to get Baton Twirling in the Olympics (there are many factors involved in that including number of countries competing, exposure, revenue generated, etc.). However, if we continue to support AAU Baton Twirling it will help example that Baton Twirling should be considered as a sport and has a dedicated following.

How does AAU Work? 

AAU Baton Twirling works the same way as any other organization! Twirlers enter their events, show up to their lanes, are adjudicated by qualified/certified judges, and receive scores with placements and awards. Twirlers wear a twirling costume and do contest hair and make-up, just like they would at their regular events. Any twirler that has competed in NBTA, USTA, MA, TU, or other organization, will feel right at home at an AAU event. Same processes, equivalent events, similar rules. 

The big difference with AAU that confuses many people is the Qualification process. In a normal (non-COVID) year, in order to compete in the AAU Baton Twirling Junior Olympic Games, a twirler would have had to attend a Regional or District event and qualify to move on to the National event. District events are only available to twirlers that reside in that District. A Super Regional (such as the Lonestar Super Regional) is open to anyone, regardless of where they reside. In order to qualify, they would have had to place Top 10 in their individual events (Solo, 2-Baton, 3-Baton, Multi-Baton, Basic Strut, Military, X-Strut, Parade Strut, All Around, etc) or Top 6 in Duet, Trio, or Team. 

However, since nothing is normal in 2021, the Qualification requirements have been removed! This means anyone can enter the Junior Olympic Games regardless of if they attended a District or Regional competition this year. Since not every District was able to hold their normal events due to COVID restrictions, the 2021 has been opened up for anyone to attend. 

Does this mean you have to attend the Lonestar Super Regional to participate in the Junior Olympic Games? Any other year, the answer would be yes, but for 2021, the answer is NO. For 2021 you do not have to attend the Lonestar Super Regional to participate in the Junior Olympics. Even though there is no qualification requirement tied to the event, the Lonestar Super Regional is still being offered to introduce AAU to the Texas area and give twirlers a chance to participate in an AAU event before they go to the National contest. We would love to see a huge #TeamTexas presence this August in Houston!


How is AAU different from my normal twirling organization? 

Membership Requirement:
A big difference with how AAU works vs. NBTA, is that you MUST HAVE AN AAU MEMBERSHIP TO COMPETE! This is similar to how a USTA membership works. Memberships run from September 1st through August 31st of the next year.  A membership is $14/$16 per athlete. If you purchase a membership now, it would be good for both the AAU Lonestar Super Regional and the Junior Olympic Games. Visit AAU Membership to sign up for your membership and learn about the benefits.

Competition Age:
- In NBTA your competition age is based on your age on September 1, 2020. 
- For USTA your competition age is based on your age on September 1, 2021. 
- For AAU your competition age is based on your age on DECEMBER 31, 2021. 

This means in NBTA you compete the age you were at the beginning of the season, in USTA you compete the age you will be at the end of the season, and in AAU, you compete the age you will be at the end of the year. For some twirlers this can move you up or down one year, but for Twirlers with a Fall birthday, they could compete as a different age in all three groups! Say you have an October birthday and compete as a 12 year old in NBTA. You would be 13 in USTA, and 14 in AAU. This can seem scary, but just remember, EVERYONE is affected by the ages and will be adjusted as well. This means you will compete with basically the same group of kids give or take one year. 

Modeling: 
For AAU there is NO Modeling, thus NO pageant. Instead of Pageant they offer an "All-Around" event. See below for more details. Since there is no modeling, this means you arrive with your hair up ready for the day with once hair style. Nice and simple! 

Awards:
As AAU is modeled after the Olympics, the awards are medals. Typically only the Gold (1st place), Silver (2nd place), and Bronze (3rd place) are handed out in each division, however, sometimes 4th & 5th place may be recognized with a Copper medal. There are no trophies! In some instances, the All Around divisions may award an additional item to the Gold Medalists such as an embroidered bag, a jacket, a t-shirt, or as is the case for the Lonestar Super Regional, banners.  

Gymnastics/Tumbling:
In NBTA, gymnastics is an automatic Disqualification. In USTA, it is allowed with guidelines.
In AAU, Gymnastics is allowed with restrictions. Twirlers are allowed to do cartwheels/round offs, front/back walkovers, forward/backward rolls, shoulder rolls, handstands, backbends, and backhand springs. No other skills can be included such as front hand springs, front or side aerials, front or back tucks, etc. In AAU, the use of gymnastics will be judged as specialties under the content and technical categories and not as difficulty skills to keep the playing field level between organizations. In addition to a limit of what skills can be used, there are several events that do not allow gymnastics at all, as well as a limit of how many gymnastics moves can be used in certain routines based on what division the twirler competes in. 
*There are NO Gymnastics Allowed in Basic Strut, Parade Strut, Military Strut, & X-Strut 
*One Baton, Two Baton, Three Baton, Multiple Baton, Novelty Solo, Dance Twirl, Collegiate Events
        - Novice Division = No Gymnastics Moves Allowed
        - Beginner Division = Maximum One Gymnastics Move Allowed
        - Intermediate Division = Maximum Two Gymnastics Moves Allowed
        - Advanced/Elite/College/Adult Divisions = Maximum Three Gymnastics Moves Allowed

Allowable Skills:
This will be the section that will affect the most NBTA twirlers as some Novices & Beginners will have to lower some tricks. Unlike in NBTA, AAU has a limit of what skills can be completed in each difficulty division. They do this to level the playing field in each division, as well as encourage variety releases and receptions/optional catches vs higher skills. (Max = Maximum allowed)
  • Novice - Max Two Spins, No Toss Illusions, Max four continuous rolls 
  • Beginner - Max Three Spins, Only a Toss Single Illusion, Max six continuous rolls
  • Intermediate - Max Four Spins, Max Toss Double Illusion, Max eight continuous rolls
  • Advanced/Elite/College/Adult - No limits on spins, illusions, or rolls

Event Time Limits:
This will be the section that will affect the most USTA twirlers, as the Time Limits are very different for the Intermediate & Advanced levels. NBTA Twirlers will find that the time limits are in the same ranges except Advanced Two/Multiple baton and Men's Solo. Below you will find a chart comparing the times for some AAU, NBTA, & USTA events. As you can see, they mostly line up for AAU & NBTA, but some USTA students will need to add additional time to their routines. 


Included here is the full AAU Baton Twirling Solo Time Limits Chart where the above info was found.
 


Set Music:
For NBTA & AAU, the events are performed to whatever music is playing overhead except in individual music events and teams, vs for USTA, events are performed to set music. 

Salute/Pose:
All timing for events in AAU start with the first move after the salute/pose, and ends with a final pose or salute. Salutes are not required (like they are in NBTA). A pose works the same as a salute in AAU.

Challenger Division:
AAU offers a Challenger Division. This division is for athletes with Special Needs. This can include medical, behavior, developmental, learning, or physical issues. Athletes in this status may also enter in the Novice or Beginner events for scoresheets only (no placements). If you enter the Challenger division, all events entered for competition must be in the Challenger division. 


AAU Specific Events & Rules:

"All Around" Events for AAU

As AAU does not do modeling, they do not offer a traditional NBTA style pageant. Instead they offer an "All Around" event. This factors together the scores from different events to award the most "well rounded" twirler with the "All Around" title. An athlete's Solo Level determines their All Around level. Placements in all events will be added together and the person with the least amount of placement points wins (i.e. 1st, 2nd, and 4th = 7 points). If there is a tie, the solo score will break the tie. 

For AAU Lonestar, there are two "All Around Events"
      - Lonestar Majorette factors together Basic Strut & Military Strut only
      - Lonestar All Around Twirler factors together Solo & Two Baton only

For Junior Olympics, the All Around Event combines the following: 
      - Novice Division: One Baton Solo, Basic Strut & Parade Strut
      - Beginner Division: One Baton Solo, Multiple Baton Solo, & Parade Strut
      - Intermediate Division: One Baton Solo, Multiple Baton Solo, & X-Strut
      - Advanced & Elite Divisions: One Baton Solo, X-Strut, Multiple Baton Solo, & Dance Twirl Solo
      - Collegiate Division: One Baton, College Half Time, Collegiate Dance Twirl, and Downfield Strut 


Events Offered at AAU Lonestar Super Regional

One Baton, Two Baton, Three Baton, & X-Strut - For AAU, the judging criteria and guidelines for these events will follow all the same rules and structure as with NBTA. 

Multiple Baton Solo - This event is similar to the NBTA College Pageant Solo, but is open to all ages and levels. Status level determined by athlete's Two Baton status level. Athletes must perform One Baton only for 0:30-0:45 seconds, but the rest of the time can include two baton, three baton (Nov/Beg/Int can use three, but it is only required for Adv/Adult), and even four baton skills (only allowed in Adv/Adult). The time limit for this event is 1:30-3:00 for all levels. 

Novice/Beginner/Intermediate Basic & Military Strut - For AAU, Basic Strut has a little different twist than in NBTA. For the Nov/Beg/Int divisions, the athlete will march the box TWICE around (instead of just once). The athlete will begin at Parade rest for four counts, comes to attention for four counts, then start with the left foot to complete two consecutive 32 count 8x8x8x8 boxes with pivoting to the right or left allowed.

Basic & Military Strut Differences: During Basic Strut, the twirler will carry the baton in a traditional or cradled position while exampling eye contact and showmanship. During Military Strut, the twirler will carry the baton positioned at their nose and will use the baton to indicate the beat of the music by moving the baton forward and back or up and down in the facial area. Athletes should example a serious expression without eye contact, using all focus on crisp movements. 

Advanced Basic & Military Strut - Advanced Athletes will compete with what is called a "Super 8 Pattern". To do this, the Athlete begins at Parade rest for four counts, comes to attention for four counts, then starts with the left foot to complete one 32 count box with pivots to the LEFT, followed by a second 32 count box with pivots to the RIGHT. Please see the image below for an example of a Super 8 Pattern. 



Events Not Offered at the AAU Lonestar Super Regional, but Available at Junior Olympics:

Dance Twirl Solo - Performed to Music of Choice using one baton. Similar to USTA Freestyle or NBTA Rhythmic. Only one division offered and only open to Int/Adv/Elite twirlers. Time limit 1:30-3:00.

Novelty Solo - Performed to Music of Choice using at least one and two baton segments, but can also include three or four baton, and use of props or twirling apparatuses (ribbons, hoops, flags, etc). This event is similar to an NBTA Show Twirl, however, any props or equipment used in the routine must be "twirled/manipulated" or a 2.0 penalty will be included (i.e. if you use a stool, it must be lifted, flipped, or manipulated. Just picking it up and moving it is not sufficient). No scenery or prop holders are allowed. Time limit is 1:30-3:00 for all levels (Beginner, Advanced, & Collegiate).

Parade Strut - Parade Strut is a marching routine that is combined with twirling skills suitable for a parade. The Athlete will complete a 16x16x16x16 count Square (for Nov/Beg Divisions) or a Super 8 Pattern (for Adv Divisions) while exampling twirling skills while marching in step with the music. All forward motion must begin with the left foot. No Gymnastics, leg holds, floor lunges.


Penalties Given During AAU Events:







Monday, March 15, 2021

2021 Fall Twirler Announcements - Stephen F. Austin 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, or representing out of State. If you have an announcement for new twirler selections for 2021-2022, please email texastwirlcontact@gmail.com so that we can help spread the word! Also, don't forget to check out the 2021 Texas Collegiate Twirler Audition Guide to stay on top of upcoming audition deadlines. This link will be updated weekly with any new information!

Today's post announces the selection of the 2021-22 Stephen F Austin Feature Twirler & Twirl-O-Jacks!


SFA, located in Nacogdoches, TX, has a "timeless" reputation regarding baton twirlers thanks to their Twirl-O-Jack twirling line. The TOJ's are know for their "Grace...Poise...Style!" They perform at football games and many events representing their University.

The Lumberjacks are also proud to annually present their Feature Twirler who performs separate but  complimentary of the TOJs! Auditions for both the Feature Twirler position and the Twirl-O-Jacks were held the last weekend in February. 

For 2021-22 the SFA Community continue cheering on Lumberjack Feature Twirler, Julie Horchler! Julie, who is returning for her second season at the Feature, is from Whitehouse, TX, and is also a member of the Twirl-O-Jacks. Julie is so excited to continue her role this season and represent her 'Jacks. "Axe 'Em!"


The 2021-22 Twirl-O-Jack twirling line will be lead by Head Twirl-O-Jack, Codie Lovelady, and Assistant Head Twirl-O-Jack, Samantha Denby. These ladies will be joined by returning TOJs Michalla Byrd, Amanda Bruner, Sheridan Taylor, and MyKayla Nalls, and new TOJs, Jessica Bitner, Erica Bitner, Olivia Mtanous, Skyla Speer, Kayden Davis, Kylie Mashburn, Raina Jackson, Tayler Davis, and Verania Martinez. 

Congrats to Feature Twirler Julie, Head Twirl-O-Jack Codie, Asst. Head Twirl-O-Jack Samantha, and all the 2021-22 Twirl-O-Jacks. We know you all will continue the T-O-J tradition of exciting and original performances this coming Fall. Go Jacks!


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.

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:

*Updated 3/15/2021*
 
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
*March 27 - Sam Houston State (Virtual)
*April 1  Texas State University
*April 2 – Texas Tech University Line
*April 9  UT Permian Basin Twirlers

Set Live Audition Dates
*Feb 27 – Stephen F Austin Feature (Invite Only)
*Feb 27 – Stephen F Austin Twirl-O-Jacks
*March 27 – Univ. of Texas, Austin (Invite Only)
*April 17 – Texas State Interviews (Invite Only)
*April 17 – Texas Tech Univ. Feature (Invite Only)
*April 17 – Texas Tech Univ. Line
*April 25 – University of Texas, San Antonio
*May 22  Lamar University Cardinalettes

No Audition Date Available at This Time:
*Texas Christian University
*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:
 

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


HUNTSVILLE: Sam Houston State University
*SHSU Band Information - Audition Info TBA 
*Auditions will be held virtually March 27
    - 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


SAN MARCOS: Texas State University
*Audition Materials are due April 1 
     - 2021 Twirler Audition Information
     - Submit materials to krg60@txstate.edu
          1. Completed Application
          2. 2 letters of recommendation
          3. Full length photo included
          3. Two videos of live twirling
 

ODESSA: University of Texas Permian Basin
*Audition Packet Submission Deadline April 9th
*Seeking Feature and/or Line Twirlers
*Offering up to a $2,000 scholarship per year!
*2021 Audition Info for UTPB Twirlers
*Send materials to marlenetorres6@gmail.com
   or torres_m@utpb.edu
          1. One page resume
          2. 2-3 minute twirling video
          3. A picture of yourself
*For more info text Marlene at 432-352-6505


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

 
BEAUMONT: Lamar University
*Email colelau000@gmail.com for details
*Auditions are May 22 8 am to 3 pm (8-11 am clinic, 1-3 pm Tryout)
*Try outs will include fundamentals, 1:30 solo, and a routine taught at the clinic
*Wear all black, hair out of your face, and performance makeup


AUSTIN: University of Texas – Austin
*2021 Audition Information Website 
*Audition Materials Due by December 1
*Live Auditions by invitation only on March 27
 

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

 

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
 
HOUSTON: University of Houston
*Electronic Materials are due by March 15


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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

 
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...