Simsbury Spinners Baton Twirling Teams - Fall 2019
Team Twirling Program Description:
The Simsbury Spinners Recreation Twirling Program is designed to provide all students the opportunity to advance their twirling and performance skills in a fun and non-competitive atmosphere. All twirlers are encouraged to strive for their personal best.
The Team Twirling program runs from September through June. Registration is completed twice throughout the school year. Twirlers are encouraged to twirl the entire school year to fully benefit from the once per week instructional format and enjoy the multiple performance opportunities scheduled.
Registration will occur in September for Fall Session (Sept.-Nov/Dec) and then again in January for the Winter/Spring Session (Jan-June).
Entry level twirlers who are in PK(age 4)-2nd grade will begin on the Crystal Team and will practice on Tuesdays or Thursday
Entry level twirlers in grades 3rd-6th will begin on the Emerald Team and will practice on Tuesday or Thursdays.
Jr Twirlers (5th -8th grade) will also practice on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday Drop-ins are available.
Twirlers with 1 or more years of twirling with the Spinners will be placed on Teams with twirlers with similar skill levels and age. As always, Colleen Tighe is available to discuss individual twirlers placement and progress at any time.
This year's team classes will be taught at Boy Scout Hall (Tuesday Teams) and Henry James Memorial School-back gym (Friday Teams). There will be no classes on Simsbury School Holidays, Vacations or Snow Days. If your class falls on a Simsbury School Holiday look for scheduled make up on Tuesday/Friday of the same week. Tuesday team classes will begin Tuesday, 9/17. Friday Team classes will begin with optional practice on 8/30 and official first class on Friday, 9/13.
Simsbury Celebrates (11/30/19), Hartford Wolf Pack Performance (Dec 2019), University of Hartford Basketball Halftime (March 2020), CT Special Olympics Winter Games (March 2020), St. Patrick's Day Parade-Hartford (3/20), MS Walk Simsbury (April 2020), ACS Spinners 6hr Twirl-a-thon Fundraiser (TBD Spring/20), National Baton Twirling Association Competition (TBD 2020), Simsbury Memorial Day Parades (May 2020), Relay for Life (May 2020), Connecticut Special Olympics-Summer Games (June 2020)
Entry Level Teams will be provided a Windsuit and performance costume for a $35 rental fee. Casual performance uniform (spinners shirt & shorts $22), Junior Formal Performance Costumes (Team Costumes $100-$300), White flat soled tennis shoes or tan twirl shoes ($20-35) and Baton ($20), Hair accessories- gold scrunchie ($10), Dance tights ($15-20)
More Information and Questions:
If you are interested in more information please feel free to contact Colleen Tighe, instructor at (H) 651-3649, (C) 951-2679 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Starter Crystal Team- Tuesday or Thursday 4:00- 4:45 pm PK(age 4)- 2nd grade
This is a first year program. It is helpful to have some basic twirl skills but it is not required. Twirlers will be challenged to gain proficiency with basic twirls such as flat spin, palm spin w/pop up, side spin, hand-over-hand, thumb toss, forward & reverse twirl and finger twirlers. Twirlers will register to be on Tuesday or Thursday Team but will have the ability to attend either day on the occasion that regular day was missed or to gain additional practice.
Emerald Team- Tuesday or Thursday 4:45 - 5:45pm 3rd-6th grade
This is a 1st and 2nd year program. It is helpful to have some basic twirl skills but it is not required. Twirlers will be challenged to gain proficiency with basic twirls such as flat spin, palm spin w/pop up, side spin, hand-over-hand, thumb toss, forward & reverse twirl and finger twirlers. Twirlers will register to be on Tuesday or Thursday Team but will have the ability to attend either day on the occasion that regular day was missed or to gain additional practice.
Junior Performance Team - Friday 5:45-7:15pm 5th-8th grade
Junior Performance Team is designed for those twirlers who consider twirling as a main activity. These girls will be challenged with more advanced skills and will be required to increase the practice time at home as well as take advantage of periodic drop-in practices opportunities. Junior Performance Team twirlers must exhibit proficiency with vertical 1 spin, Horizontal 1 spin, backhand toss, ½ turn to right, fishtails in both hands, vertical & horizontal finger twirlers, double elbow roll, 2 baton fundamentals. Emerging Skills: vertical & horizontal 2 spin, fishtail carry in both hands, double elbow roll pull out, 1/2 turn to right. Junior Team Twirlers will also support additional performance events, Spinners ACS Twirl-a-thon and will have the opportunity to participate in one northeastern competition.
Summary of Team & Fall Fees:
Tuesday & Thursday Team Classes @ Boy Scout Hall & Friday Team Classes @ Henry James Memorial School
Crystal Team $160 Tuesday or Thursday 4:00- 4:45 pm 45 min 12 Classes
Emerald Team $250 Tuesday or Thursday 4:45 -5:45pm 1 hour 12 Classes
Jr Performance Team $350 Tuesday 5:45-7:15 pm 1 ½ hour 12 Classes
Friday 4:00-5:00 pm 1 hour 12 Classes
Sunday Drop Ins 10:45-noon (schedule TBD)
Tuesday Dates: 9/17,9/24,10/1,10/8,10/15,10/22,10/29,11/5,11/12,11/19,11/26,12/3
Thursday Dates 9/19,9/26,10/3,10/10,10/17,10/24,10/31,11/7,11/14,11/21,12/5
Friday Dates 8/30*,9/13,9/20,9/27,10/4,10/11,10/18,10/25,11/1,11/8,11/15,11/22,12/6 *optional practice on Labor Day Weekend, no practice on 9/6
Other offerings presented by Simsbury Spinners Program
A variety of beginner classes will be offered in the spring to allow for new students to be introduced to the sport of baton twirling. All students are then invited to march with the Simsbury Spinners in the Memorial Day Parades held in Tariffville and Simsbury.
Summer 2020: Spinners Twirling Camp is typically offered the last week of summer and is held Monday-Thursday determined by age and skill level of twirlers. Watch for an announcement at end of the school year.