Saturday, December 29, 2018

Collegiate Twirler Spotlight - University of the Incarnate Word

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

For our final post of the year, we wanted to bring you a special interview with a young lady that has been featured many times in this blog, but as she continues to break down barriers and serves as an amazing role model for younger twirlers and pageant hopefuls, we just had to learn more.

Our Collegiate Twirler Spotlight is the University of Incarnate Word Feature Twirler, Ashley Sneed!

On top of being the University of Incarnate Word Feature Twirler, Ashley has spent the last year serving as Miss San Antonio. Balancing these roles has been challenging, but Ashley has done an amazing job representing UIW and her hometown in the Miss America Organization.

She really enjoys being a part of the UIW community. Her favorite twirling moments are when she has a no drop on the field in front of the Cardinal fans. Ashley also appreciates the atmosphere on game days. In her opinion, the best school tradition though is pregame because, “something unusual always happens during pregame!” In fact, once during pregame she got hit by the giant flag! “It was very painful!” The band also has its own traditions. A special one of note is when they flip their caps backward when they win a game “because UIW is the Southland Conference Champs!”

Now that we know a little more about Ashley and her experiences at UIW, lets learn more about her twirling career and what got her to where she is now!

Ashley Sneed
Competition Level: Advanced

Ashley is a junior at UIW and is majoring in Fashion Merchandising with a double minor in Business Administration and Marketing. She is from San Antonio, TX, where she has twirled for the last fifteen years as a member of the Texas Gems and is coached by Tori Mays. The competition title she is the most proud of is when she won the Advanced Miss Majorette of the Virgin Islands. Her favorite competition trick is continuous back neck rolls with a double roll on the floor, and her favorite field trick is a toss cartwheel catch in fujimi (under the leg).

Fun Facts!

Favorite Color – “I always consider glitter a color, so anything sparkly is my favorite!”

Favorite Movie – “I do not necessarily have a favorite movie, but anything that makes me laugh will for sure become a favorite of mine”

Favorite Music – “I always love to jam out to hip hop before a performance, but of course my favorite artist is BeyoncĂ©! I always get to channel her out on the floor during competition”.

Favorite Quote – “There is a power in people who dream big and who try hard” – Harold Klemp

When she is not twirling she loves to... “Hang out with my friends, stay involved with my community through community service, promote my non-profit organization, and shop”.

Something people might not know about her is… “I am the first African American Feature Twirler at a Texas NCAA Division I University”.

Twirler she has been most inspired by: Former UCLA Twirler and World Team Member, ReJoyce Green.

What organizations is she involved with in school... At UIW, she is a member of the Black Student Alliance (BSA) and the African Student Organization (ASO).

After college Ashley hopes to work for Ted Baker in London as a buyer and eventually open her own custom costume company. In order to make this happen, she likes to lean on her favorite piece of advice from her coach, “Trust in yourself and your ability”.

Ashley has also learned a lot from baton twirling that she hopes to carry in to her future. She say the number one life lesson she has gained from baton twirling is that “You never lose, you learn!”
When asked what suggestions she would pass on to any future collegiate twirlers, she said she would tell them to “Trust in the process and have FUN!”

We want to thank Ashley for taking the time to talk to us, and we can't wait to see the amazing things this twirler does in the next few years. Go Cardinals!

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 and we would love to hear more about it. 

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Contest Calendar Series - Twirl in the Woods 2019

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

After our short break for the holidays, the blog is back! With only 4 more days left in 2018, we wanted to squeeze in a couple more posts to get everyone psyched for what 2019 has in store.

Today we have a Contest Calendar Series post about the upcoming 2019 Twirl in the Woods!

DEADLINE THURSDAY: Please note that the deadline for this competition is Thursday, January 3rd, 2018. Your entry must be postmarked by this day. Click here to download the entry form. For more info, contact the Contest Directors at You can also call 281-844-8486 or 281-844-1143.

*Early Bird Discount* If you can get your entry in the mail by 5 pm on Friday, December 28th, you can take 50% off your Facilities Surcharge Fee (That makes the fee only $7.50 instead of $15.00).

*Pay Online with PayPal* If you would like to pay online you can visit and click on the PayPal TITW Entry Fees button.

Who? What? When? Where? Why?
Who: Contest Directors Patti Mickey & Kayli Mickey-McIntosh
What: 2019 Twirl in the Woods Competition
When: Saturday, January 19, 2019. Doors open at 7 am. Contest begins at 8 am
Where: College Park High School - 3701 College Park Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77384

Why: Since this is the first NBTA contest in Texas for 2019, it is often one of the biggest of the season outside of the State and Regional competitions. Many coaches consider this contest to be the most reflective of what level of competition twirlers will face at the Southwest Regional Championship held in March. Many teams debut their routines here, and most of the twirling groups in the State will have representation. On top of that, the awards are extremely nice (tiaras, giant pageant trophies, Disney plushies, etc), and the contest runs very smooth for being as large as it is. It is definitely a 'must attend' to start off the new year!

CONTEST HASHTAG: #twirlinthewoods2019
For this event, we strongly encourage our Texas twirlers to utilize the hashtag #twirlinthewoods2019 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 social media!

Unique Feature: When at Twirl in the Woods, you can always expect a well run contest with nice awards, and lots of facility space for competition and practice across the three gyms. This year there will also be three out of state judges joining the All Star judging staff.

Another unique Feature at Twirl in the Woods is always the award ceremony. You have to love any award ceremony that has placement blocks, a photographer, and utilizes amazing senior twirlers from around the State to help pass out the awards.

Highlighted Event: A highlighted event for this competition is the team portion of the day. As mentioned above, many teams premier their routines at Twirl in the Woods, which means team routines you have never seen before will all hit the floor at the same time. This is where we get to see the starting point behind all those hours of teamwork and new choreography. It is so exciting to see where the teams all begin each season and compare it to how far they go by the time we reach State in June.

Contest Hotel Block: There is a hotel block reserved for the contest at the Courtyard Houston North/Shenandoah, but you must reserve your room by Friday, December 28th! The hotel is located at 19255 David Memorial Drive, Shenandoah, TX, 77385. The reservation can be made by calling 1-800-321-2211 with group code MMJ and hotel code IAHCS or you can visit the Booking Website.

Want to attend this event? Please click here for the registration form, visit the Twirl in the Woods 2019 Website, or contact the Contest Directors at for more details.

Also, don't forget to check out 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 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 and we would love to hear more about it.