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AYOP 2004 – View from the Top

This year, the week of July 18th was deemed “National Twirling Week.” That time was spent celebrating twirling with the National Baton Twirling Association (NBTA)’s national competition held at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana. Twirlers from all over the United States and Canada traveled to compete in this weeklong event.

On Friday, the 2004 Miss Majorettes in the four youngest divisions were named: Rebecca Lantz of California, Little Miss Majorette of America, Rejoyce Green of California, Juvenile Miss Majorette of America, Kristen Scali of Ohio, Preteen Miss Majorette of America, and Lacey Seckar-Anderson of Wisconsin, Junior Miss Majorette of America.

Stephanie Stevens, the 2003 College Miss Majorette of America, and Stephanie Dallachiesa, the 2003 Teenage Miss Majorette of America, gave their farewell performances at the Big Show closing ceremonies on Saturday night. It was during show that they passed on their titles to the 2004 winners; Ashley Pederson of Missouri was crowned the 2004 Teenage Miss Majorette of America and Melissa Weygand of the University of Maryland was named 2004 College Miss Majorette of America.

Grand Corps championships, held on Friday afternoon, were as thrilling as ever. The Daley Debutantes became the Grand World Parade Corps (Live Music) Champions, the Jazz Dolls became the Grand World Twirling Corps Champions, Julie’s Touch of Silver became the Grand World Parade Corps (Recorded Music) and Show Corps Champions, the Modernettes became the Grand World Show Corps (With Props) Champions and the Entertainers became the Grand World Flag Corp Champions.

Dance twirl teams competed throughout the week, and the top five teams in the Junior and Senior Advance Dance Twirl and Twirl Teams divisions twirled-off on Saturday morning. The Wheaton Majorettes of Maryland were the strong finishers taking the majority of the titles in the Tiny Tot, Juvenile and Senior divisions. The Waves of California won the Small Junior Dance Twirl title, and the Jazz Dolls of Ohio won the Large Junior Dance Twirl title.

The Collegiate Solo competition was moved to the arena this year, affording college twirlers to perform to recorded music of his or her choice and take advantage of the entire performance floor. Ten finalists were then chosen and performed again on Friday night. Hope Carrell, from the University of Georgia, was announced the Collegiate Solo winner performing with one, two, three and four batons.

Twirl-offs for the National Majorette Contest were completed just a few hours before the Big Show. Winners included Olivia Lynch of Pennsylvania in the Preteen division, Chelsea Russell of New York in the Junior division and Karrissa Wimberly of Florida in the Senior division.

TwirlZone would like to congratulate all performers and coaches on a job well done, and NBTA for a successful week. For more results, please visit the NBTA home page at www.batontwirling.com.

Author: Michelle Weiss
Editors: Kristy Anderson & Cara Stubbe
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