Saturday, May 15, 2021

2021 Fall Twirler Announcements - University of Florida Gatorette

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 newest UF Gatorettes, Halle Burton!


The University of Florida, located in Gainesville, Florida, is the home of the Gatorette Twirlers, and it will soon also be the home of #TeamTexas Twirler, Halle Burton! Halle is from San Antonio, Texas, and is coached by Debbie Salem & Shaylie Fawcett, with additional support from the Twirling Sweet Sensations coaches, Michele Pangrac & Mary Ann Pozzi. In 2019 she was named the AYOP Intermediate Junior National Pageant Winner, and this year she was able to fulfill a life long dream when it was announced that she was a part of the 2021-22 Gatorette Twirlers. 

"Since I was six years old and picked up a baton for the first time, I was inspired by the Gatorettes. At the time I was living in Gainesville, Florida, and these college twirlers served as a great example for me. I loved their flashy routines, contagious energy, and positive attitudes, which inspired me to set the goal of becoming a Gatorette myself. Throughout my twirling career, I also worked academically so I could get into the University of Florida. Once I got accepted in February, I just knew it was fate and I excitedly auditioned to be a Gatorette in early May."

There is nothing more amazing that seeing a lifelong dream come true, and we could not be more excited for Halle and the adventures that awaits her in Florida. Congrats Halle, and Go Gators!

(left: Halle as a little Gators Fan. right: Halle during her Gatorette audition)


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. 



Friday, May 14, 2021

2021 Southwest Regional Pageant Winners - Basic Skills

 Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

Can you believe it has already been a month since Regionals and we are only four weeks from State? Wow!

We all had a great time at the Southwest Regional Championship in April and are so thankful for the amazing contest directors, Patti Mickey & Kayli Mickey-McIntosh, for making the weekend happen. With all the COVID safety precautions in place per the facility, we were not able to have our traditional award ceremony. Due to that, here on the blog each week leading up to State, we will be posting the pageant winners for each level with a picture of them in their sash and tiara. It isn't quite the same as stepping up on the blocks and being crowned, but at least we can give them a little recognition before we have our new round of pageant winners from State. Congrats to all of these talented twirlers on their success at Regionals. 

Today we will be recognizing the 2021 Southwest Regional Basic Skills Pageant Winners!



Katie Ash
Senior Basic Skills Pageant Winner 

Katie is the current Silver Starlight Feature Twirler at Kilgore College. She is from Long Branch, Texas, and is coached by Paige Keitt. 


Avery Bryan
Junior Basic Skills Pageant Winner 

Avery is from Henderson, Texas, where she is a member of the Henderson High School Twirling Line. She is coached by Paige Keitt. 


Mimi Tafel
Pre-Teen Basic Skills Pageant Winner 

Mimi is from the Dallas, Texas, area. She is a member of Texas Touch of Class and is coached by Shirley Payne & Sheila Payne Rigelsky. 


Alexa Knotts
Juvenile Basic Skills Pageant Winner 

Alexa is from the San Antonio, Texas, area. She is a member of the Twirling Sweet Sensations and is coached by Michele Pangrac & Mary Ann Pozzi. 


Avielle Queen
Little Miss Basic Skills Pageant Winner 

Avielle is from Alleyton, Texas. She is a member of Twirl ATX and is coached by Ashley Wood & Lisa Lawson, Tarabeth Gertsch, and Whitney Coons. 



CONGRATS TO ALL OUR REGIONAL BASIC SKILLS PAGEANT WINNERS!



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 13, 2021

2021 Fall Twirler Announcements - University of Texas, San Antonio

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 University of Texas - San Antonio Twirlers!


The University of Texas - San Antonio, also known as UTSA, is located in San Antonio, TX, and is the home of the "Spirit of San Antonio" - the Roadrunner Marching Band. Annually, the SOSA Auxiliary, coordinated by sponsor Mary Ann Srulowitz Pozzi, selects 1-3 twirlers serve in their feature positions, however, for Fall 2021, the SOSA program has added a twirling line in addition to the Feature Twirler positions. Auditions were held last month selecting two Feature Twirlers four Line Twirlers. 

Returning to the Alamadome this season will be Feature Twirlers Alexis Tanner & Hannah Kacher! 


Alexis Tanner is from Corpus Christi, Texas, and is a member of the Mickey's Majorettes where she is coached by Patti Mickey & Kayli Mickey McIntosh. Alexis is the current 2021 Southwest Regional Collegiate Downfield Champion. This will be Alexis' fourth season and her Senior year. 


Hannah Kacher is from San Antonio, Texas, and is a member of the Twirling Sweet Sensations where she is coached by Mary Ann Pozzi and Michele Pangrac. This will be Hannah's third season. 


Joining the Feature Twirlers on the field will be the new UTSA Twirling Line! This Line includes four twirlers that will be working together to entertain and share twirling with the Roadrunner Fans. 

Stephanie Garza is from Corpus Christi, Texas, and is a member of the Texas Stingerettes where she is coached by Keely Davis and Kim Berger. She was previously a Feature Twirler at Flour Bluff High School. 


Christan Patterson is from Lindale, Texas, and is coached by Abby Rhodes. She was previously a member of the Lindale High School Twirling Line and a Feature Twirler at Trinity Valley Community College. 


Madalyn Brown is from New Braunfels, Texas. She is a member of the Alamo City Strutters where she is coached by Pat Montgomery. She is graduating this Spring from Canyon High School where she was the Feature Twirler. 


Baylee Brandin is from Groves, Texas. She is a member of the Inside Out Twirling Studio and is coached by Erica Osgood Mitchell. She was previously a twirler for the Port Neches-Groves High School


Make sure to follow these fantastic twirlers on their Instagram page @utsatwirlers or on Facebook at UTSA Twirlers. We look forward to seeing these fantastic twirlers as they show off their SOSA Pride this Fall. Congrats Alexis, Hannah, Stephanie, Christan, Madalyn, and Bailee! Go Roadrunners!


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 11, 2021

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

Today we announce the selection of the 2021-22 Baylor University Golden Girl Feature Twirlers!

The Baylor Golden Girls, lead by Coordinator Lynn Dell Harrell, are coveted twirling spots in the twirling community, and have been held by some very talented twirlers. We are super excited to see that this Fall season will be no different! Returning this season will be veteran Golden Girls, Mallory Remm and Danielle Skinner, and joining them on the field will be newcomers Mallory Reynier and Josie D'Acquisto!


We are very happy that we will see Mallory Remm and Danielle Skinner back at McLane Stadium this Fall. While their first season as Golden Girls was anything but normal, we enjoyed seeing their 'smizing' faces behind the masks as they performed for their Bears every chance they got. 

Mallory Reem is from Sussex, Wisconsin where she is a member of the Revolutions Twirling Club, and is studying Communication Sciences & Disorders. Danielle Skinner is from Saskatchewan, Canada, and is coached by Maureen Johnson. She is studying Journalism and Pre-Law. 


New to the Golden Girl team this Fall is Mallory Reynier. Mallory is from Fairhope, Alabama, where she was the twirler at Fairhope High School for all four years she attended. She is coached by Stacey Forbess and Jackie Stewart. She is a multi time Alabama State & South Regional NBTA Title Holder as well as a Regional & National Title Holder in USTA. We asked Mallory what interested her in Baylor, and she told us, "The community of togetherness and dedication to its students and athletics really drew me toward the University!" She also told us that she is "so excited to move into a foreign state and start 13th grade surrounded by awesome people and places at BU!"


Also rocking the Green & Gold this Fall will be Rookie Golden Girl Josie D'Acquisto. Josie is from Redding, California, where she twirled for the girl's basketball games at her High School. She is a member of the Revolution Edge Twirl Team and is coached by Kelli Perelman. She holds several titles but the one she is the best know for is earning a Bonze Medal in Junior A Artistic Twirl at the International Cup. Josie will be joining the engineering program at Baylor, which in additional to the amazing twirling opportunities, is what interested her in coming to Texas. We asked what she is most excited about and she said she can't wait to "twirl alongside some amazing twirlers and be a part of #TeamTexas!"

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 & Josie and a congrats to Mallory & Danielle. 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. 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

*UPDATED* Virtual TSSEC Information for Texas Twirlers!

Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

*UPDATES* We posted the below blog last week, but since then there has been an update to the TSSEC Virtual Twirling Contest and we want to make sure everyone is aware. 

Update #1 - The due date for video submissions has been pushed back to May 21st! This gives everyone an additional week to get their videos recorded and submitted to their band directors. Try to have your videos to your director by May 17th to ensure they have time troubleshoot any issues that may arise. 

*EDIT* Originally there was information sent out from the UIL Offices that twirlers were not allowed to use music in their video unless they had copywrite permission. However, after conflicting information was received, we emailed Bradley Kent, the Director of Music for UIL, directly asking for clarification and a single answer on the subject. We got written clarification that twirlers DO NOT need permission to use their music and are free to perform to the song of their choice on their video submission. 
 

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May is here which means many of our #TeamTexas Twirlers are turning their attention to the UIL Texas State Solo and Ensemble Twirling Competition! While that is still true this year, there are even more questions than normal due to this year's event being done via virtual submission. To help our Texas Twirlers better understand the process and be more prepared, we have reached out to one of the TSSEC Twirling Judges, Whitney King Coons, for some clarifications and FAQs.

UIL Texas State Solo and Ensemble - Virtual Twirling Contest


UIL State will look a little different this year as it goes virtual. What does this means for twirlers this year? They will be submitting a pre-recorded video of the their UIL twirling routine to be watched and judged by their State UIL Twirling Judge. There will not be any live element for 2021. Have any questions? Email texastwirlcontact@gmail.com and we will try to find the answers for you!

Who: Twirlers who have qualified for UIL State and their Band Director has signed up to compete in the UIL TSSEC Twirling Competition (Deadline to register was April 15th).

When: The deadline for Band Directors to submit the twirling videos to the UIL is May 15th May 21st (*Updated*). However, we recommend you submit to your Band Director by May 9th to provide them with time to submit before May 15th May 21st (*Updated*) or for you to adjust in case anything goes wrong with the initial submission.

What: Record the UIL twirling routine that you would like to be submitted to your State UIL Twirling Judge. The typical recorded routine will be less than 3.5 minutes long and recorded on an iPhone or Android device.

How: Submit the sharable link to your Band Director. Your Band Director will copy and paste the shared links into texasmusicforms.com. The typical submission will be recorded on a phone and uploaded to a computer to be shared via a google drive link, although you have the ability to upload the video to google drive from your phone as well. See upload recommendations below.


Frequently Asked Questions:

What Is An Introduction and What Do I Include? 
The(a) student performer is to say the following on video prior to the performance: “My name is (first and last name) and I(we) will be performing a baton twirling solo/ensemble to the song (title) by (name).” 

What Do I Do If I Already Did My Video Without An Introduction? 
Twirlers who have already recorded their videos and did not add an intro can add the intro to the beginning of their video as long as the twirling portion isn’t edited. If you already submitted to your band directors, but did not do an intro at the beginning, please add it in and resubmit. 

What Is The Best Recommendation for Uploading? 
You can use Google Drive, YouTube, Dropbox or Box to upload your video, but make sure that you provide a link that is accessible to anyone with the link. ANY VIDEOS THAT ARE NOT ACCESSIBLE BY THE JUDGE WILL BE DISQUALIFIED. Below is information on how to upload and share the video with your Band Director via Google Drive.

When Will Results Be Posted? 
From May 22nd-31st the virtual submissions will be adjudicated and the results posted as they are available.
 

Directions to Upload Via Google Drive:

1) Go to https://drive.google.com/
2) Login to your gmail account
3) Click on New -> Upload File





4) Find your video that you saved and upload
5) After your file has uploaded, click on the file in the bottom right





6) Click on Share



7) Click on Change to Anyone with a link:



8) Lastly - click on Copy Link and share that link with your Band Director


Additional Resources & Links:


Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Collegiate Twirler Spotlight - Tyler Junior College Feature Twirlers

 Hello Texas Twirl Fans!

We are excited to celebrate this #TwirlerTuesday with our first Collegiate Twirler Spotlight of 2021. This past season looked quite different for many of our twirlers, but for some it is even more unusual as their season was moved to the Spring. Regardless, it is amazing to see twirlers on a football field any time of year, and we really enjoyed following these two ladies as they took over our Instagram story during their April 25th game. 

Today’s Collegiate Twirler Spotlight is the Tyler Junior College Feature Twirlers! 


TJC is located in Tyler, Texas, and is the home of the Apaches, as well as these two awesome Feature Twirlers! Ally Wilcox and Katelynn Carter were named the TJC Feature for Fall 2021, and could not have been more excited about the chance to share the field together. 

Making the choice to attend a Junior College has been beneficial for both twirlers. Ally told us it has been a great stepping stone for her. “I’m still fairly close to home, but also living on campus. While it is large for a junior college, I don’t feel as overwhelmed here as I would at a University. It also was financially the best choice for me since I’m still undecided as to which career path l want to take.” For Katelynn, it also made the most sense financially. “I was awarded a full academic scholarship with Presidential Honors, as well as a generous scholarship from the Apache Band to perform as a Feature Twirler including having my costumes paid for. Essentially I have not had any out of pocket expenses so far to complete my general students and start classes directed toward my major.”

As many twirlers are trying to decide what route to take out of High School, we asked them what advice they would give to twirlers thinking about attending a Junior College like TJC. Katelynn told us she definitely recommends it. “It is a great way to figure out exactly what you want to do in the future and experience field twirling with a college band. It has opened doors for me to learn and grow academically and in twirling before entering a University.” Ally gave practical advice in terms of knowing what you are signing up for. “I would say to make sure that whatever Universities you have in mind are willing to accept transfer credits from the chosen Junior college.”


While having Football in the spring has been a little strange, it was great for them to have the chance to be on the field, even if it was only for two games. They told us TJC has had many COVID precautions in place throughout the year including mask usage, the option of online or in person classes, and limited numbers in the stadium for games. Sadly, this has also included cancelling many of the normal school activities and traditions, but they look forward to experiencing those things next year. 

We did want to know what the hardest part for them has been dealing with this COVID season. Ally told us she missed performing. “I think the most difficult thing for me was to go as long as I did without performing. We did not get any live performances during the fall, but thankfully we have gotten to have some football games this semester.” Katelynn said the hardest part is learning to twirl with a new accessory – a mask! “I have asthma and it gets hard to breathe through cloth or paper when you are exerting a lot of energy.”

Now that we have learned a little more about why they chose TJC, and how they are making the best of the weirdest twirling year yet, let’s learn more about these awesome twirlers!

Katelynn Carter

Competition Level: Collegiate
Katelynn is a sophomore from Tyler, Texas, that is majoring in education. She has been twirling for nine years and is coached by Beth Maddox. At TJC, Katelynn is also a member of the English Honor Society, Presidential Honors Program, Phi Theta Kappa, and Sigma Kappa Delta. The competition title she is the proudest of earning was the 2020 Southwest Regional Beginner Senior Pageant Winner. Her favorite competition tricks are slap catches and rolls, and her favorite field trick is a flash aerial or toss aerial. In baton twirling she has been most inspired by so many amazing twirlers that it is hard to name just one. After she graduates from TJC she plans to teach 7th or 8th grade English while finishing a master’s degree in psychology, and then diving into the political side of Education. “I want to make a change in our education system.”


Allyson Wilcox 
Competition Level: Intermediate
Ally is a freshman from Bullard, Texas, that is majoring in General Studies. She has been twirling for six years and is coached by Beth Maddox. At TJC, Ally is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Sigma Kappa Delta, and the Presidential Honors Program. The competition title she is the proudest of earning was the 2019 Beginner Senior Miss Majorette of the Woodlands. Her favorite competition trick is a toss illusion, and her favorite field trick is doing her toss leap somersault down the field during pre-game. “It is really fun!” In baton twirling she has been most inspired by former TJC Feature Twirlers, Beth Maddox and Paige Patillo. Right now Ally is in General Studies to determine what the best course of study is for her, and hopes to one day have her education help her in pursing a successful career. 

Fun Facts!
Favorite Color – Blue (Ally & Katelynn)
Favorite Movie – “Pride and Prejudice” (Ally), Harry Potter (Katelynn)
Favorite Music – “Anything Taylor Swift” (Ally), Rock N Roll (Katelynn)

When they are not twirling they love to…

Ally – “Read, write, and hang out with my friends.”
Katelynn – “Write poetry and read.”

Something people might not know about them is…
Ally – “I really like sunflowers.”
Katelynn – “I have had poetry published.”

Favorite Quote…
Ally – “And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us." ~ Ephesians 5:2
Katelynn – “Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” ~ Saint Francis of Assisi

Most memorable advice from their coach…
Ally – “Remember that God gave you your talent, so be sure to do what you are doing for His glory.” – Colossians 3:23
Katelynn – “’Close your hand!’ Beth says this to me A LOT!”

Favorite Moment as a baton twirler...
Ally – “I don’t think I can choose just one, but I cherish every performance and that feeling I get as I hit my ending pose.”
Katelynn – “Completing my first toss aerial!”


Best School Tradition...
Ally – "Pre Game."
Katelynn – “With COVID and all the restrictions it has brought with it, I have not been able to fully experience enough of the big traditions to have a favorite yet.”

Best Band Tradition/Inside Joke...
Ally – “Lets have a great day!”
Katelynn – “The Rim March. Before pre game, the band and color guard march around the rim of the football stadium.”

Funniest Twirler Moment…
Ally – “Probably when I was learning to do a somersault and my coach said I looked like an ostrich.”
Katelynn – “When I accidentally hit my mom with my baton and she posted it on Facebook. The entire TJC band knew about it. Mr. Strickland made a joke about it at band practice the next day!”

What is the best life skill you have learned from baton twirling....
Ally – “Once something has already happened (like a drop or a bad performance), there isn’t much you can do about it other than to handle it as gracefully as possible and learn from it.”
Katelynn – “Confidence, and the ability to believe in myself and know that I can do it!”

Advice to future Collegiate Twirlers...
Ally – “Have different schools in mind, keep track of the different things that each school is looking for in their twirlers, and choose the college that feels like the best overall fit for you.”
Katelynn – “Never give up! Remember that failing is the first step in improving.”

We want to thank Katelynn and Ally for sharing their Game Day with us and taking the time to be our Collegiate Twirler Spotlight this week. It was so great getting to know a little more about these two talented twirlers, and we look forward to seeing them back on the field this Fall!


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, May 2, 2021

2021 Fall Twirler Announcements - University of Texas

 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 excited to announce the long anticipated selection of the 2021-22 University of Texas Feature Twirler! The University of Texas (UT), located in the live music capital of Texas, is the home of a very prestigious twirling position. The UT Feature Twirler is a highlight of the "Showband of the Southwest". This position has been held by some outstanding twirlers, and the newest addition to the roster fits right in!

For this upcoming Fall, the University of Texas Feature Twirler will be Aidyn Mentry!

Aidyn is new to #TeamTexas, coming to UT from her home in Glen Allen, Virginia, where she was the Feature Twirler for all four years at Deep Run High School. Aidyn is coached by Diane Gunnels and Lindsay Salyers. You may recognize Aidyn as the was the 2020 Twirling to Fight Cancer High School Ambassador, and she was also the 2018 Intermediate Junior Pageant Winner at AYOP. 

We had to know what interested this Virginia girl to the ATX? Aidyn tells us that attending the University of Texas has been her dream school for a VERY long time. "I loved UT since the first minute I stepped on campus a few years ago. I fell head over heels in love with Austin and all the traditions at UT, plus the #1 advertising school in the country is at UT Austin. It was a perfect match in so many ways and I am honored to be able to be part of such an incredible legacy of twirlers for the Showband of the Southwest!"

When asked what she is the most excited about, Aidyn told us that she is counting the days until she gets to perform in Darrel K Royal Stadium, but she also "can't wait to meet and hang out with all of the fabulous twirlers from Texas!" We share the sentiment and are ecstatic to welcome Aidyn to our great state. Hook Em! 

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.