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Color Guard In The Military

Did you know that the military has its own color guard called “exhibition drill?” Each military branch has its own unique drill team established. Even the JROTC programs in most high schools have their own color guard team; separate from the color guard that usually performs at the football team’s halftime shows. There is no music, dancing, or in-the-air routines. Instead, there are armed as well non-armed performances which include the flipping and/or throwing of rifles. It is based more on structure and formation, and it tends to not be as loose as a typical baton performance. But this does not mean it's any less fun — especially if the military is an important aspect of your life or family. Exhibition drill was popularized in America during the American Revolutionary War when Baron Von Steuben wanted to instill self-control, teamwork, and discipline into the soldiers he was training. Steuben’s techniques were modeled after Swedish and Prussian drill mechanics. Although drill isn

Posted: 6/5/2019

Fun Activities To Stay Fit

Just because you’re a baton twirler doesn’t mean you need to keep your exercising in the studio or gym! Add some variety to your routine to keep things fun and motivating. There are plenty of other ways you can make sure your fitness is kept in check for when it is time to pick up the baton. Pick activities that will benefit your core, arm, and leg strength, while leaving your hands free of potentially getting harmed. You don’t want to catch that baton with a cramped palm! Head to a place with trampolines on the floors and walls. This is a great (and fun!) way to activate your legs and core without you even realizing it. You’ll be having too much fun bouncing around to realize that you’re actually getting in quite an intense workout. For a change of pace, take your friends and family to the beach and go swimming. Not only will you be working hard against the waves, but the salt water actually does a great job in keeping your skin hydrated and cool. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water

Posted: 5/8/2019

Tambourine Timeline

Today, tambourines are a big part of worship. They are used in choirs, ministry, and churches. Believe it or not, tambourines started out as worship tools thousands of years ago in Egypt. Though its exact date of appearance is unknown, tambourines were very popular in ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome. Women were prominent users of the instrument during religious and folk ceremonies. Crusaders brought the instrument to Europe in the 13th century, where they started to be used for dance and song. The ancient Romans played the tambourine, and in the Middle Ages, traveling musicians and entertainers played it. The modern version of the tambourine reentered Europe during the Turkish Janissary musical bands, or music of the Turkish military, in the 18th century. In the late 18th century, it appeared occasionally in the orchestra and was adopted as a general orchestral instrument in the 19th century with composers such as Hector Berlioz and Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov. While tambourin

Posted: 4/17/2019

The Importance of the Right Shoe

If you’re preparing for a dance performance of any sort, having the right shoes can make or break you. Think of wearing the wrong shoes like dancing on a hardwood floor with socks, or trying to glide on the carpet barefoot — it doesn’t work. When it comes to twirling, cheering, color guard, and drill, wearing the right shoes is crucial. With so much movement involved in these activities, you want to make sure your shoes are supportive. Non-slip shoes are a common requirement for many of the above activities. Non-slip allows you to complete, full movements without losing control of your landings. Most non-slip shoes have rubber soles, which provide the perfect balance of grip, and glide while moving across the dance floor. Not only will these shoes help with your performance, but they help reduce the chance of injury. You also have to consider the weight of your dance shoes. Too many leg kicks with heavy shoes can create a serious strain on your ankles. When it comes to sizing, look for

Posted: 4/3/2019

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