How to Use the Practice Check List

Example of practice check list for beginning students. Students of High Peaks Twirlers have a Practice Check List that they can use each week to show what they've been practicing. Those who complete the check list can earn a sticker towards a prize.

Why Practice?

I encourage twirlers of all ages and levels to start practicing right from the beginning. Just 5-10 minutes a day makes a big difference in how quickly your student masters her twirling skills. It teaches your child how to develop the discipline that is required to improve a skill.

How Much Time?

Twirlers will see improvement with as little as 5-10 minutes a day. More advanced twirlers, or those who are in the competition class, may need additional time. It is helpful for them to focus on reaching certain goals with a trick or routine rather than just setting a certain amount of time aside. For example, trying to catch 5 one spins in a row without a drop. Or completing their rolls section 3 times without any breaks or drops.

What Should My Child Practice?

Tricks or dance movements from the practice sheets in the Twirler Notebook are a great place to start. The ones that are marked off are ones that she has been taught in class. Class routines for parades or performances should be added as those are learned in class.

Students who are competing individually should also add their competition routines. Either a specific section they need to work on or the entire routine.

How Does the Practice Check List Work?

Twirlers should write down the trick, dance step, or routine that they are practicing in the left hand column of the practice sheet. More advanced twirlers can also include how many times they plan to catch or try a trick. (A beginning student example is at the top of this post. A competition student example is at the end of this post.)

As the twirler completes each day/practice session, she should mark off everything that she completes. If she's trying to catch a trick a certain number of times, but can't get there, then she should write in the number of times it was caught.

In order to earn a sticker, twirlers in our weekly class should practice at least 7 tricks or routines (twirlers age 5 only need to do 5). Competition class students should do 10 tricks or routines.

Example of practice check list for competition students.

Now, let's get those girls twirling!

New Class for 4-5 Year Olds

Version 3 We have a new class offering for younger students who want to twirl! Children ages 4-5 can join our Intro Twirling class specifically for their age group.

This class will last for 30 minutes instead of an hour and will meet for 8 weeks. We'll learn some beginning twirls and dance steps and incorporate these into some fun movement games. Twirlers in this class will have the option of marching in the Louisville Parade of Lights with the rest of our twirlers on Friday, December 4th.

Class starts Tuesday, October 6, 2015 and meets at the YMCA on Arapahoe from 3:25-3:55 pm.

Click here for all of the class details and to register!

New Class: Show Twirl Team

I'm excited to announce that we'll be offering a new class for the 2015-2016 season: Show Twirl Team. Most likely you've never heard of this before and are wondering what your twirler will do in this class. Listed below is information about the class, along with some example videos. We hope to have your twirler join our new team!

All About Show Twirl Team

What is it?

Show twirl team is a competitive event that allows twirlers to perform a group routine using batons and any other props. Some examples include, ribbons, flags, props based on the theme, etc. In our show twirl team this year, we'll be using batons, hula hoops, scarves, and possibly a few others.

Here's an example of a show corp routine (this one is longer and a bigger group than we'll be doing). This will give you an idea of what it can look like with experienced twirlers. A little further down is an example of a local, beginner routine.

Who is it for?

  • Ages 6+
  • Twirlers who started twirling in Summer 2015 or earlier
  • Twirlers who want to be a part of a team
  • Twirlers who want to incorporate other props into their skills besides batons
  • Twirlers who want to have a lot of fun!

Click here to see an example of a beginner routine from a local Colorado team based on Annie.

What will the theme be?

We'll be using the song "Dear Future Husband" by Meghan Trainor and styling it as a modern take on a 50's theme. We'll be using hula hoops, scarves, batons, and, possibly, some additional props.

This routine will have some elements that will be choreographed by the students on the team with teacher guidance. It will be a great opportunity for them to start learning how to choreograph.

Where will this routine be performed?

  • At our usual stage performances during the school year (such as Boulder Creek Festival)
  • Additional stage performance options - we're working on putting together a few additional performance opportunities for twirlers on this team
  • At 3-4 local twirling competitions (these all take place at Ranum Middle School - 80th & Federal)

What are the requirements?

There are a few additional requirements for this class. Please be sure you can do the following:

  • Attend 3-4 local twirling competitions - these take place on Sundays in November (most likely the 8th), February, March, and late April/early May. We should have all of the competition dates by the end of August.
  • Participate in local performances (you will be alerted of the dates as soon as they are set)
  • Purchase a costume (approximately $50-60), tights, and jazz shoes
  • Be enrolled in our weekly twirling class
  • Have previous twirling experience (at least since Summer 2015)
  • Be a current USTA member

"It is so great to learn to work together as a team. I think learning to support and encourage peers is so important and that is what these group classes have taught the girls."

Amanda, Anna Claire's mom

What are the costs?

  • $45 registration fee - this covers all your twirler's show twirl team competition entry fees and helps with the purchase of props
  • monthly tuition - 30 minute class rate
  • USTA membership - $18 for a first year membership; $35 for a full membership
  • costume (approximately $50-60) and jazz shoes

When is the class?

Show twirl team meets on Tuesdays, 4:00-4:25 pm at the YMCA on Arapahoe just before our Weekly Twirling Class. It starts on Tuesday, September 8th.

Click here to be a part of our first Show Twirl Team!

2015-2016 Registration is Open

Join the twirling fun!


Registration is now open for our weekly twirling classes. Classes start September 8th and continue through the end of May. Check out all of our twirling classes offered here.

Not sure where to start? New and returning twirlers should all register for our Weekly Twirling Class. This meets on Tuesdays, 4:25-5:25 pm at the YMCA on Arapahoe in Lafayette. In this class your twirler will develop her twirling skills and learn routines for our recreational performances. It's going to be a great year of twirling!

Register today to reserve your spot!

Spring Intro Classes - Registration Now Open

Beg Class  

I'm excited to announce that we have 3 different intro classes starting the first week of March. These are all 10-week sessions geared to students who are new to baton twirling.

Students in these classes will learn the basics of baton twirling along with some beginning dance steps and marching. These skills will all be put together in a fun routine. It's a great way to give baton twirling a try before committing to our monthly classes.

Twirlers in our intro classes will also have the option of performing with us at the Boulder Creek Festival. This is a fun performance with a great audience. It's held over Memorial Day Weekend in downtown Boulder. We should know our performance day and time by the end of February. You will need to purchase a High Peaks Twirlers t-shirt for your twirler in order for her to perform.

A brief description of our intro class options is listed below. You can find further details on our classes pageBe sure to register today!

Boulder Creek Festival 2014 Performance

Spring Intro Classes

Horizons Intro Class Ages 5-12 Mondays, 4:30-5:30 pm

Lafayette YMCA Intro Class Ages 5-12 Wednesdays, 3:00-4:00 pm

Horizons Middle School Intro Class Grades 6-8 Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 pm

All classes start the first week of March. The 10-week sessions cost $120. Batons are $28 (tax included).

Register today!


Give the Gift of Baton Twirling

HPT_Seasonal_Discount_half-01 It's hard to believe it's that time of year already! This year give a unique gift to the child in your life.

We're offering a special package: buy a baton and an intro class and you'll receive a 20% discount off the usual cost. That's a savings of $20!

To purchase this gift, just go to our registration page and select which intro class you'd like to enroll your child in. When paying for the class, use the promo code "HOLIDAY14" to receive your 20% discount.

You will then be contacted to set up a time to pick up your baton to give in time for the holidays.

If you are not the parent of the student, but would still like to purchase this gift, please use the Contact Form and we'll get it all set up for you.

Registration is Open for 2014-2015 Twirling Classes

Ready to twirl at the Boulder County Fair Parade! I'm looking forward to another great year of twirling getting started in just a few weeks! I'll be offering a beginning class for ages 5 and older. This class will run for one hour per week from September 2014-May 2015.

Twirlers in this class will perform at the Louisville Parade of Lights, the Boulder Creek Festival, and other local performances. They also have the chance to enter a few events at local twirling competitions, if they would like. (This is completely optional!)

Twirling at the Boulder Creek Festival

Class Info

When: Wednesdays, September 2014-May 2015 Where: Arapahoe YMCA (2800 Dagny Way, Lafayette) Time: 4:30-5:30 pm Cost: $40 per month (we meet 3-5 times per month) Baton: $28 (tax included)

Registration is Open!

Give Baton Twirling a Spin!

Have you been considering signing up your child for one of our twirling classes, but aren't sure if they'll like it? Now's your chance to give it a try for free! High Peaks Twirlers is offering an open house for prospective students. Drop by any time and learn a few twirls, watch some twirling performances, and find out about upcoming classes.

When:  Friday, May 9, 2014 Where: Arapahoe YMCA in Lafayette Group Exercise Room 2800 Dagny Way Ages:  4-11 Time: 4:00-5:30 pm (Drop in anytime) Cost: Free to attend

Click on the flyer below to make it larger.

Give Baton Twirling a Spin Flyer Pic

We hope to see you there!


Summer Registration is Open

Ready to twirl at the Louisville Labor Day Parade!

Registration for summer twirling classes is now open!

I'm excited to announce that we have a new class available for ages 4-6. In this class, twirlers will learn the basics of baton twirling, along with ribbons! This class will last for 45 minutes and will be geared towards our younger twirlers.

We also have a new class that will be offered at the Longmont Recreation Center. I'm excited to begin offering classes to students in that area!

Twirlers in all of our classes will have the option of performing in both the Boulder County Fair Parade and the Louisville Labor Day Parade. We've had so much fun performing in both of these parades for the last two summers.

Go here to find detailed class information and registration.

I hope to see your twirler in one of our summer classes!

Register for Fall Twirling Classes

Summer FunRegistration is now open for fall twirling classes!

Lafayette Beginning Twirling Class

I'll be offering an ongoing beginning twirling class throughout the school year starting in September. This class is open to new students as well as those who are currently in a beginning class. We'll be performing at parades and local events throughout the year.

Twirlers who register by August 15th will receive $10 off their first month of this class. Also, if you get a friend to sign up (must be a new student), you will both receive an additional $10 off the first month.

Click here for class details and registration!

Dance Twirl Team

Starting this fall, I’ll be offering a new option for twirlers who are signed up for the Lafayette Beginning Twirling Class: Dance Twirl Team!

This team will meet in addition to our weekly class. Twirlers who are a part of this team will learn a fun and challenging routine that combines baton twirling and dance. This team will compete in local twirling competitions, along with extra performances in the area.

I think this will be a fun and rewarding team for the girls who are involved. There will be auditions required to join this team.

Click here to learn more about the dance twirl team!

Summer Registration is Open

Boulder County Fair Parade 2012 Registration for summer classes is now open!

I'll be offering classes in Boulder and Lafayette this summer.  Students in these classes will have the option of performing in both the Boulder County Fair and the Louisville Labor Day Parade.  We had such a good time twirling in both of these parades last year!

Register by May 22 to receive the Early Bird Discount.

Having fun at the parade!

Boulder Class

When: Wednesdays, June 5-July 24, 2013 (8-week session) Where: Boulder Circus Center (4747 N. 26th St.) Time: 3:30-4:30 pm

Lafayette Class

When: Thursdays, June 6-August 1, 2013 (8-week session; no class 7/4/13) Where: Arapahoe YMCA (2800 Dagny Way, Lafayette) Time: 3:00-4:00 pm

For both classes:

Ages: 6-11 Cost: $85 Baton: $25 or bring your own (Mindy must approve) Performances: Students in this class have the option of performing at the Boulder County Fair Parade and the Louisville Labor Day Parade! Registration: Click here to register - all registrations completed by May 22nd will receive $10 off the cost of the class!

I hope to see you this summer!

Register Now for Spring Twirling Classes

Spring 2012 Beginning Twirling Class There are two beginning twirling classes that are now open for registration!  Both of these classes are great ways to give baton twirling a try before committing to a longer session in the summer or fall.

Be sure to register today!

Beginning Baton Twirling for Homeschoolers

When: Wednesdays, April 10-May 15, 2013 (6-week session) Where: Boulder YMCA (Mapleton Center) in the gym Time: 1:00-2:00 pm Ages: 6-11 Cost: $60 Baton: $25 or bring your own (Mindy must approve)

Intro to Twirling at Running River School

When: Wednesdays, April 10-May 15, 2013 (6-week session) Where: Running River School Time: 3:30-4:30 pm Grades: K-5 Cost: $60 Baton: $25 or bring your own (Mindy must approve)