Thursday, June 23, 2022

People's Choice: Miss Texas' Outstanding Teen 2022

 Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

Currently in Dallas, Texas, all the glitz and glam that comes with Miss Texas week is in full swing. Amongst all the sparkles and beads are three sets of shiny batons lighting up the stage. 

This year we have three Texas Twirlers competing in the Miss Texas' Outstanding Teen competition:


Anna Lilie, Miss San Antonio's Outstanding Teen
Baryn Brown, Miss Lubbock's Outstanding Teen
Breckyn Steele, Miss Mount Pleasant's Outstanding Teen

Tonight will be the third round of preliminary competitions, followed by the finals on Saturday! We would love more than anything to see a twirler perform on the stage this Saturday, and while these twirlers have been doing their job all week, we need #TeamTexas' support to help give them that extra boost!

How can you help? Vote for these amazing young women for People's Choice! The Top 2 People's Choice competitors will get the chance to move on in the finals this Saturday. Currently all three of our twirlers are in the TOP SEVEN for People's Choice, but let's get them to the Top 2! 

Voting for all People's Choice can be found here -> PEOPLE'S CHOICE TEEN 2022 - Miss Texas Scholarship Organization (flipcause.com), but you can find each of their individual links below as well. VOTING ENDS AT MIDNIGHT TONIGHT, THURSDAY, JUNE 23RD, so get to voting #TeamTexas!



Anna Lilie
Miss San Antonio's Outstanding Teen



Baryn Brown
Miss Lubbock's Outstanding Teen



Breckyn Steele
Miss Mount Pleasant's Outstanding Teen


Let's make it happen #TeamTexas, and sending the best of luck and all the love to Anna, Baryn, and Breckyn as they finish out this week like the strong young women they are! Go Team Texas Twirlers!


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, June 9, 2022

The More You Know: Texas Collegiate Cheers

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

With only one day until many of us are headed to the NBTA Texas State Championship, we have a very special edition of "The More You Know" for you that will be perfect for that long ride or flight to Lubbock! 

One of the most exciting parts of any contest is the Collegiate Solos & Teams! The atmosphere is always so electric when one of our collegians performs and the audience is not only clapping and cheering, but also chanting along with their performance! If you are like me, you want to chant along as well, but you may not know the right words or where the chants need to be. Solving this issue is exactly what today's post is for!

We reached out to all our #TeamTexas collegians competing at the NBTA Texas State Championship and asked them to fill us in on what we need to know. Some sent instructions, and some sent videos, but either way, we have the info, including their chants, spelled out below to make them easy to learn. 

Take a little time on Friday when you are sitting in a car or plane/airport for several hours on your way to Lubbock and watch the videos, learn the chants, and be ready to cheer your heart out for our Texas Collegians! Also, many of these twirlers will also be representing our Great State at Notre Dame University next month, so make sure you are ready to show AYOP that everything really is bigger in Texas!




University of Texas, San Antonio:
UTSA Twirlers' Video
  • Chant #1 - (clap) Birds Up/(clap), Birds Up/(clap), Go Runners x 3
  • Chant #2 - Spellout "U", "T", "S", "A"
  • Chant #3 - Fight Song/Pre-Game = "U - T - S - A"

University of Texas, San Antonio:
  • Chant #1 - Right After Introduction: "T - E - X - A - S, Go Horrrrrns!"
  • Chant #2 - Fight Song after Deep in the Heart of Texas (sing-along): "Texas Fight, Texas Fight, and it's Goodbye to A&M. Texas Fight, Texas Fight, and we'll put over one more win. Texas Fight, Texas Fight. For its Texas that we love best. Hail! Hail! The gang's all here, and it's good-bye to all the rest!"

Texas Christian University:
  • Chant #1 - Right after Stephanie's Introduction: "Teeee, C, U! Frogs! Let's Go Frogs!" x 2
  • Chant #2 - At the end of Fight Song it will say "Calling All Frogs" and the response is "Rah, Rah, TCU! Rah, Rah, TCU!"

Texas Christian University:
TCU Feature Twirler KK Tunnell
  • Info TBA when available

Texas Tech University:
TTU Feature Twirler Kirby Stanek
  • Feel free to clap along with the beat (but make sure to stay in time with the music)
  • Cheer real loud at the "horns down" (yes, even you Longhorn fans!)

San Diego State University:
  • "Chant - S * D * S * U *, S-D-S-U, Aztecs Fight!"

University of Texas, Permian Basin:
UTPB Feature Twirlers
  • While they don't have a specific chant, make sure to cheer real loud during big moments!

University of Connecticut:
UConn Feature Twirler Maggie Barnett
  • Info TBA when available

University of Mary-Hardin Baylor:
  • Chant - "C * R * U * S * A * D * E-R-S!"



Friday, June 3, 2022

Camp Calendar Series: JJ Great Day Twirling Camp

Hello Texas Twirl Fans! 

As we all prepare for the NBTA Texas State Championship & USTA Central Regional next weekend, we have another great twirling summer camp to tell you about. Make sure to check out the info below about the awesome JJ Great Day Twirling Camp for a chance to work with some fantastic instructors.


*REGISTRATION DEADLINE June 5th* Interested in attending JJ Great Day Twirling Camp? Contact Director Janice Jackson Seamands at jjtwrldnc@aol.com or 214-697-5310.

Who? What? Where? When? Why?

Who: Director Janice Jackson Seamands
What: 2022 JJ Great Day Twirling Camp
Where: White Oak Baptist Church Gym, 117 White Oak Rd, White Oak, TX 75693
When: June 27 28, & 29th, 2022
Why:  Instruction for Novice to Elite levels. Great for Competition or Field Twirlers. National Prep Classes and Practice Time will be made available to anyone attending National Competitions. 

Wonderful Instructors: All classes will be taught by professional instructors including:

  • 5X NBTA Men's National Champion & 2X WFNBTA Medalist, Joel Claudio
  • 3X WFNBTA Gold Medalist & Former Modernettes Captain, Katie Seibert
  • Miss Arkansas & former Arkansas Razorback Twirler, Whitney Williams
  • Former ECU Feature Twirler with a Degree in Dance, Melinda Mann White
  • Former Feature Twirler for SMU and Kilgore College, Alex Bridges

Not only will these instructors be leading classes and prep sessions, but they are all available for private lessons as well! Make sure to include any private lessons requests with your registration!

Camp Logistics: Camp will occur June 27, 28, & 29. Cost is $375 for the full camp. Lunches will be available to order for a reasonable fee after registration.

Each day of camp, twirlers will arrive in athletic/practice appropriate clothes and start the day with a group warm-up. They then will divide into sessions rotating each hour to a new class. Twirlers should bring with them their baton(s), twirling shoes, water, snacks, and a willingness to learn and try new things.

If this sounds like something that would be great for your twirler please contact the Camp Director, Janice Jackson Seamands, at jjtwrldnc@aol.com or 214-697-5310.

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 31, 2022

Camp Calendar Series: Twirl TEX 2022

 Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

In less than two weeks, Twirlers from all over Texas will either be in Lubbock for the NBTA Texas State Championships or in Oklahoma for the USTA Central Regional. So exciting! These events will be the last step on the way to Nationals for many twirlers, and for others it will be the grand finale to their season.

Regardless of which category you fall in, or even if you aren't attending the State Championships, everyone is beginning to think about what their next move will be once State is over. Will you be going full speed forward training for AYOP, USTA Nationals, or the AAU Junior Olympics? Will you begin learning new routines for the Fall? Or do you just want to take some of your skills to the next level? No matter which option might be the right one for you, this is where camp Twirl TEX comes in!

*REGISTRATION DEADLINE JUNE 3rd* Interested in attending Twirl TEX? Please visit www.twirltex.co, email twirltex@gmail.com, or call Ashley Wood at 512-848-7426.

*PAYMENT PLAN* Want to sign up but need a payment plan? Email twirltex@gmail.com to set one up. We can do a 50% deposit at time of registration with the remaining 50% being paid at the door. 


Who? What? Where? When? Why?
Who: Directors Ashley Wood & Pat Montgomery
What: 2022 Camp Twirl TEX
Where: Farley Middle School in Hutto, Texas



When: June 15th to 18th, 2022 - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (half day on the 18th)
Why: Join us for this fun twirling summer camp where we combine twirling, amazing instructors, and twirl friends together to increase skills, challenge campers, and give everyone a positive and motivating experience


Amazing Instructors: This year Twirl TEX is so excited to welcome some fantastic out of state instructors that all are/were University Feature Twirlers as well as World Team Members and/or National Title Holders. 

  • ASU Feature Twirler & Senior Miss Twirl Mania, Emma Carr
  • 2X World Medalist & 5X Men's National Champion, Joel Claudio
  • Former CMMOA & Univ. of South Carolina Feature Twirler, Deb Akins Herbster
  • Former WVU Feature Twirler & Multi Time World Team Member, Jillian Swauger
  • Ole' Miss Feature Twirler & US Peru Ambassador, McKenzie Cooke

Not only will these instructors be leading classes and prep sessions, but they are all available for private lessons as well! Make sure to include any private lessons requests with your registration!


Camp Logistics: Camp will occur June 15th to17th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, and June 18th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. There is also a half day option (9:00 am to Noon or 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm). Cost is $290 for full day or $160 for half day. The full day camp includes a delicious lunch each day. The cost of camp also includes a t-shirt for twirlers to wear on the last day of camp for the parent show-off performance at Noon.

Each day of camp, twirlers will arrive in athletic/practice appropriate clothes and start the day with a group warm-up. They then will divide into 50 minutes long sessions rotating each hour to a new class. Lunch is served around Noon, and the day ends at 4:00 pm. Twirlers should bring with them their baton(s), twirling shoes, water, snacks, and a willingness to learn and try new things.

*NEW* for 2022: This year Twirl TEX is offering a wonderful Nationals Prep Program that will be run by former CMMOA Deb Herbster. This program will be a little different than other prep programs. Deb will work on goal planning & mental strategy, and the prep classes will meet with her in small groups  for three sessions each day based on their competition level for more focused attention. The objective of these sessions will be performing QUALITY routines with a focus on making proper corrections and giving assistance when needed, while also drilling big tricks and fine tuning skills. 


If this sounds like an amazing opportunity and you want to enroll your twirler, please visit www.twirltex.co. If you have any questions, email twirltex@gmail.com, or call Ashley Wood at 512-848-7426.



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 17, 2022

2022 Fall Twirler Announcements - University of Massachusetts

 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 2022-23, please email texastwirlcontact@gmail.com so that we can help spread the word!

Today we announce the selection of a 2022-23 Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst Feature Twirler!


The University of Massachusetts - Amherst, also known as "U Mass", is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, and is the home of the Minutemen. The U Mass Minuteman Marching Band is known for having a talented line of Feature Twirlers, and this year they get to add a Texas Twirler Lilly Barnett to the list of amazing twirlers that perform in the Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium!

Lilly is graduating this month from Byron Nelson High School, where she is a Feature Twirler. Lilly is coached by Janice Jackson Seamands of the JJ Texas Star Twirlers. At UMass Amherst, Lilly will be majoring in Journalism and International Relations.

We all want to wish a huge congrats to Lilly as she begins her new adventure at UMass! Go Minutemen!


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. 





Monday, May 16, 2022

2022 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 2022-23, please email texastwirlcontact@gmail.com so that we can help spread the word!

Today we announce the 2022-23 University of Houston Feature Twirlers!


The U of H Feature Twirlers, led by Coach Kayli Mickey-McIntosh, 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 one new twirler and one returning twirler to the field... 

Congrats to Ainsley McDonald and Alexis Tanner!



Ainsley is from Whitehouse, TX. She will be entering her third year at UH this Fall and is studying Human Development & Family Studies. 

Alexis is from Corpus Christi, TX. She just graduated from UTSA, where she was a four-year Feature Twirler, and will be pursuing her graduate degree at UH.

So excited to see Ainsley & Alexis together! 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 12, 2022

2022 Fall Twirler Announcements - Mississippi 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 one of the new 2022-23 Mississippi State University Feature Twirlers!

Mississippi State University, also known as MSU, is located in Starkville, MS, and is the home of the Bulldogs. This coming fall it will also be the home of Texas girl turned MSU Feature Twirler, Gracie Lane!

Gracie lives in Henderson, TX, where she was the Feature Twirler at Henderson High School. Gracie is coached by Paige Keitt from Precision Twirl, as well as Patti Mickey & Kayli Mickey-McIntosh from the Mickey's Majorettes. At Mississippi State she will be majoring in Civil Engineering.

She will be joined on the field by returning Mississippi State University Feature Twirlers Channing Perrett and Amy Holdegraver, as well as the other new incoming Feature Twirler, Danielle Hull. 

We all want to wish a huge congrats to Gracie as she represents Texas in Mississippi! Make sure to follow her adventures by checking out @msu_featuretwirlers on Instagram. Hail State!

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.