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. 


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. 

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