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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

Music In Baton Twirling

Listen to how the music pauses in anticipation as the baton lands back in the twirler’s hand, or the way the beat pops at every pronounced step. Music is to twirling what butter is to popcorn— that essential addition that brings it all together as a proper duo. Picking the right music for the message you’re trying to convey, whether it’s “look at me!” or “sit back and be mesmerized,” should be just as important as the steps themselves. Consider what suits you most and what matches your current twirling level. Something too fast is bound to be difficult to keep up with if you’re just starting out. However, something too slow might not captivate your audience as much. Gage your audience; twirl to popular music to get the crowd on their feet. During marching routines, rely on a strong beat to get everyone’s blood pumping. When competing, make sure that a song is chosen that has plenty of opportune moments where your twirling tricks can be performed. Have a well-paced rhythm and beat that

Posted: 3/20/2019

Benefits of Color Guard

Being a part of a team is awesome — there's no doubt about it! Getting involved is a fun and rewarding way to take a break from sitting in a classroom all day. In high school, color guard is a great way to get involved and build favorable skills. You become part of a community that is focused on achieving the same goals, and you learn how to be a team player in order to achieve that goal. Strong communication skills are needed in order to work well within the color guard community, and this skill will be of major benefit in all aspects of your life. Color guard teaches commitment and perseverance. Through constant practices and trial and error, you learn the importance of staying committed to achieving your end goal. Creative problem solving is used to overcome obstacles and work towards goals. Self-confidence is built through these constant trial and error, and this will help encourage you to try new things in life. Physical benefits also come into play when joining color guard. T

Posted: 3/6/2019

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