Baton Twirlers Who Are Famous, but Not for Twirling
Sometimes, baton twirlers go on to do big things, and it’s not always baton twirling! While baton twirling is a sport that becomes a career for some, others who twirl end up becoming music legends or Supreme Court justices. These three women started out in baton twirling and went on to become American icons:
Singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks, who started her music career as a member of Fleetwood Mac, is known for giving high-energy solo and group performances, which she continues to do to this day. One of her many talents is twirling the baton. She has shown off her skills on The Late Late Show, as well as during concerts, dazzling audiences around the world.
Another American music icon has a somewhat hidden baton twirling talent. In 2019, Sheryl Crow twirled her baton on the Today Show. At one point, she was quite skilled in twirling two batons at the same time and even twirling fire batons. As a teenager, she twirled a baton to impress a guy, who unfor
Winter Guard Around the World
Color guard is a challenging sport, and winter guard is like color guard with even more athleticism. Winter guard combines color guard, which mostly consists of twirling rifles and flags, with complex cheerleading and dance routines. While color guard in its original form is mostly confined to the United States, winter guard groups exist in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Two places where winter guard has made a real name for itself outside of the US are the UK and the Netherlands.
Teams in the UK and the Netherlands
Unlike American schools, European schools do not offer color guard as an extracurricular activity. However, Europe caught on to the trend shortly after it was established as a sport. In 1980, the UK formed its first winter guard team. Their current team — Mayflower — is now one of the most celebrated winter guard teams in Europe. The Netherlands formed its first team — Pride of the Netherlands — in 1983.
Recruitment at European Schools
Since schools in Eu
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