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Simsbury Spinners Baton Twirling Teams -Winter/Spring 2018

Team Twirling Program Description: The Simsbury Spinners Recreation Twirling Program is designed to provide all students the opportunity to advance their twirling and performance skills in a fun and non-competitive atmosphere. All twirlers are encouraged to strive for their personal best The Team Twirling program runs from September through June.  Registration is completed twice throughout the school year.   Twirlers are encouraged to twirl the entire school year to fully benefit from the once per week instructional format and enjoy the multiple performance opportunities scheduled.

Registration will occur in September for Fall Session (Sept.-Nov/Dec) and then again in January for the Winter/Spring Session (Jan-June).
Team placement: Entry level twirlers who are in K-6th  grade will begin on the Crystal Team and will practice on Tuesday days. Sapphire Twirlers (2-6th grade) will also practice on Tuesday.  All other twirlers will remain on the same team unless their skill level has surpassed the requirement of their current team.   As always, Colleen Tighe is available to discuss individual twirlers placement and progress at all times.
Schedule: This year's team classes will be taught at Boy Scout Hall (Tuesday Teams) and Tootin Hills Jan-early March and then Henry James Memorial School-back gym from March-June (Friday Teams). There will be no classes on Simsbury School Holidays, Vacations or Snow Days. 

Performance Opportunities  University of Hartford Basketball Halftime (2/18), CT Special Olympics Winter Games (3/18), St. Patrick's Day Parade-Hartford (3/18), ACS Spinners 5hr Twirl-a-thon Fundraiser (TBD Spring/18), Rockcats Pregame Performance (5/18), National Baton Twirling Association Competition (TBD), Simsbury Memorial Day Parades (5/18), Relay for Life (May 19th/20th), Connecticut Special Olympics-Summer Games (6/18)

Additional Costs: Windsuits ($75), Casual performance uniform (spinners shirt & shorts $22), Formal Performance Costumes (Team Costumes $100-$300), White flat soled tennis shoes or tan twirl shoes ($20-35) and Baton ($20), Hair accessories- gold scrunchie ($10), Dance tights ($15-20)

More Information and Questions: If you are interested in more information please feel free to contact Colleen Tighe, instructor at (H) 651-3649, (C) 951-2679 or email at


Team Descriptions
Starter Crystal Team-                            Tuesday 5:00- 5:45 pm                         K- 6th grade
This is a first year program. It is helpful to have some basic twirl skills but it is not required. Twirlers will be challenged to gain proficiency with basic twirls such as flat spin, palm spin w/pop up, side spin, hand-over-hand, thumb toss, forward & reverse twirl and finger twirlers. 

Juvenile- Sapphire Team-                      Tuesday 5:45 - 6:45pm                        2-6th grade

Sapphire Team is designed for the seasoned recreational twirlers, who enjoy working on more advanced skills. These girls will be challenged to develop more advanced skills in a non-competitive atmosphere. Sapphire Team Twirlers will must exhibit proficiency with basic twirl skills such as flat spin, side spin, hand over hand, thumb toss, horizontal toss, vertical finger twirlers, flourish. Emerging Skills: 1 spin, fishtails, horizontal  finger twirls, double elbow rolls, half turn. This team is perfect for girls certain they want to develop their twirling as a Simsbury Spinners. Prior twirling - at least one year of team twirling is required for 2nd grade twirlers.

Junior Performance Team       Friday 6:00-7:30pm Jan-March Tootin Hills     4th-8th grade

                                                           5:30-7:00pm Mid March-June HJMS back gym
Junior Performance Team is designed for those twirlers who consider twirling as a main activity. These girls will be challenged with more advanced skills and will be required to increase the practice time at home as well as take advantage of periodic drop-in practices when offered. Junior Performance Team twirlers must exhibit proficiency with vertical 1 spin, Horizontal 1 spin, backhand toss, ½ turn to right, fishtails in both hands, vertical & horizontal finger twirlers, double elbow roll, 2 baton fundamentals. Emerging Skills: vertical & horizontal 2 spin, fishtail carry in both hands, double elbow roll pull out, 1/2 turn to right. Junior Team Twirlers will also support additional performance events, Spinners ACS Twirl-a-thon and will have the opportunity to participate in one northeastern competition. 

Summary of Team & Winter Fees: *********************

Tuesday Team Classes @ Boy Scout Hall: 
Winter/Spring Dates: 1/2, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/22 (Thurs), 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20(no class), 3/27, 4/3, 4/10(no class), 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/29 Last Class.
Starter- Crystal Team                 Tuesday 5:00- 5:45pm              45 min      19 Classes         $250
Juvenile – Sapphire Team           Tuesday 5:45 -6:45pm              1 hour       19 Classes         $400

Friday Team Classes @ Tootin Hills (Jan- early March)

                                   @ Henry James Memorial School (Mid March – Jun)
Winter/Spring Dates: 1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16 (no class), 3/23, 3/29 (Thur), 4 /6, 4/13(no class), 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25, 6/1 Last Class Jr Performance Team         Friday 5:30 -7:00pm                   1 1/2 hour         20 Classes      $500

Other offerings presented by Simsbury Spinners Program
Spring 2018: A variety of beginner classes will be offered in the spring to allow for new student to be introduced to the sport of baton twirling. All students are then invited to march with the Simsbury Spinners in the Memorial Day Parades held in Tariffville and Simsbury.

Summer 2018: Spinners Twirling Camp is typically offered the last week of summer and is held Monday-Thursday determined by age and skill level of twirlers. Watch for announcement at end of the school year.

Register Activity Ages Grades Days Date/Time Fees
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Simsbury Spinners - Starter/Crystal Team 
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N/A  K - 6  Tu  01/02/2018 - 05/29/2018
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Boy Scout Hall, 695 Hopmeadow St.
$250.00 R, $250.00 NR
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Simsbury Spinners - Juvenile/Sapphire Team 
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N/A  2 - 6  Tu  01/02/2018 - 05/29/2018
5:45 PM - 6:45 PM

Boy Scout Hall, 695 Hopmeadow St.
$400.00 R, $400.00 NR
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Simsbury Spinners - Junior Performance Team 
Sec F
N/A  4 - 8  01/05/2018 - 06/01/2018
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$500.00 R, $500.00 NR
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