“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.