“DaNae Couch, Baylor University Star Twirler”

October 21, 2008 by admin · Leave a Comment 

“The past two years being a part of the Golden Wave Marching Band have truly blessed and enriched my college experience. From the time I began twirling, I have always wanted to twirl for a University because the crowd participation and traditions are unmatched. Not only do I get to perform at each game, I also get the amazing opportunity for being a representative of such a prestigious institution. One of my favorite parts of college twirling has been the opportunity to travel to different schools and see the different traditions and even sometimes other twirlers. Homecoming is another huge Baylor tradition because it gives the alumni the change to come back and see how the school has changed. Baylor has one of the biggest homecoming parades in the nation which is led by the twirlers and the marching band. Also, the past Golden girls come back and perform with each of us during the game. Over the past season, the Golden Waves Band has put on a variety of different shows including, Cartoon Theme Songs, Thriller, the Beatles and Classic Rock. I have loved every moment of performing each week and am looking forward to all the memories the following years will hold.”

“DaNae and Bruiser, the Baylor mascot, entertain their fans at a home game.”

“DaNae ‘flies through the air with the greatest of ease’ before the Golden Wave Band and the good ol’ Baylor Line.”

“Where’s Carly?”

October 21, 2008 by admin · Leave a Comment 

“Young children attending the HP Scots home games this year have asked one question during halftime, “Where’s Carly?” Carly Bender, a 2008 Highland Park graduate and a student at SMU, is now performing with the Mustand Band during the Mustangs’ home football games.”

“Central Arkansas Baton Twirling Studio”

October 19, 2008 by admin · 50 Comments 

via The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette of Little Rock
October 19, 2008

Arkansas Newcomer Janice Jackson Seamonds is working to build a community of baton twirlers.

“I’ve found little pockets of baton twirlers all over the country,” Seamonds said, “and one of my goals is to bring them together.”

Students enrolling in classes at Central Baton Twirling can expect to receive instruction from a veteran baton twirler.

Seamonds began twirling when she was 8 years old. She then started a baton-twirling studio 38 years ago in Dallas, and after moving to Conway a year ago, she opened Central Arkansas Twirling Studio, which has been operating for three months.

A variety of classes are available to suit any level of talent, from beginners to world competitors, 4 year olds to college age.

In addition to providing a physical activity, baton twirling teaches students poise, confidence and how to present themselves.

“I want baton twirling to be a positive experience for everyone,” Seamonds said. “I strive to build my students’ self-esteem and self-confidence.”

Once a student enrolls in classes, Seamonds orders batons that are correctly sized to the students, tote bags and uniforms for performances.

“Baton twirling teaches students to set goals and to achieve those goals,” Seamonds said. “Plus, we travel to different competitions, so there is an opportunity to meet people from all over the country.”

Twirlers from Central Arkansas Baton Twirling Studio will perform in the Conway Christmas parade. Students who qualify also will travel to Notre Dame for a national competition in July and to Belgium for a world competition in April.

Students compete through the National Baton Twirling Association.

“The World of Twirling Offers Opportunities to Shine”

September 7, 2008 by admin · 1 Comment 

by Rachel Parker Dickerson
September 7, 2008
The Log Cabin Democrat of Conway

In the world of baton twirling, a girl could go far.

Janice Jackson Seamands, who recently opened Central Arkansas Baton Twirling on Front Street, hosted an event Wednesday, Aug. 27, to introduce young girls to what twirling is all about.

Parents stood by and watched as Seamands taught the girls a variety of techniques. Batons rolled on the floor as the determined novices tried again and again to master the moves.

Seamands had a studio in Dallas for 38 years where she was very involved in the world of competitive twirling. She moved to Conway about a year ago and has been working with students from the University of Central Arkansas, Ouachita Baptist University, Southern Methodist University, Texas Christian University, Baylor University, University of Arizona and Oklahoma State. Now she has opened a studio and will offer instruction for all levels of twirlers.

“They start as a novice, then progress to beginner, then intermediate, then advanced,” she said.

Twirlers progress from one level to the next by earning a certain number of wins in twirling competitions, she explained.

Travel is an optional part of competitions, she said.

“We will have a couple of local competitions, hopefully some in Hot Springs and fairly nearby. They do travel some, although some families don’t want to,” Seamands said.

Miss Majorette of America is one of the competitive events in which several of her students have won, she said.

“I generally judge our world competition, I have (judged) in several countries,” she said. “I judge on a national level at the advanced events.”

Carol Sikes, who twirls for UCA, is the beginner level Miss Majorette of Arkansas and one of her students, Seamands said. Sikes performed for the young girls who attended the event at the twirling studio.

“I do a lot of choreography for people, but I don’t perform anymore,” Seamands said.

She was inducted into the Baton Twirling Hall of Fame in 2002, she said.

Seamands is available for instruction by appointment. Central Arkansas Baton Twirling is located at 1089 Front Street. The phone number is 733-1131.