Baton twirling has evolved from something primarily seen in parades and at sporting events to a sport of its own, blending endurance and athleticism with the performing arts. Baton twirling has been demonstrated at major mainstream sporting events around the world, including the World Games. Two major international organizations host world championships with twirlers coming from all corners of the globe.
Baton twirling requires stamina, hand-eye co-ordination, grace and flexibility. Encorporating dance and gymnastics, it is a great activity to boost physical fitness and encourage positive self-image
Festival City Twirlers history
In 1987, the YMCA approached founding coaches Kim Lafontaine and Shelley Zimmer about teaching baton out of the Y facilities. They taught at the YMCA for two years and in 1988, they decided to form their own club, The Festival City Twirlers.
The club has continued to evolve over time and in 2004, Tori Sutton joined the coaching staff. We welcomed back former twirlers turned-coaches Sarah Moore in 2011 and Natasha Brink in 2013. Currently Coach Tori acts as club director and head of our competitive program, while Coach Sarah and Coach Natasha direct our recreational programs.
We have won numerous regional, provincial and national championships in both team and individual events and have represented Canada at the last three World Championships, bringing home a bronze medal in duet in 2012.
Our recreational and competitive teams can often be seen performing at community events and in local parades.
Where you've seen us
We perform at community events, in local parades and more! Maybe you saw our twirlers and some of our moms dancing in the fabulous flash mob in Stratford in August 2010?