Tonawanda News — “I like the costumes. And I like the pretzels,” she said, demonstrating a technique that involves the twirler twisting her body into a sort of human pretzel.
Some of the older and more experienced students also take part in the newer travel team, which will produce four routines this year, as well as at least three individual routines each, Lovegrove-Weaver said. Competition levels include novice, beginner, intermediate and advanced.
April Mott of Lockport, 16, has been twirling about eight years. She said that she likes the challenge of twirling
“Everyone says it’s not a sport,” she said. “But really, it takes a lot more talent to twirl than it does to throw a football. That’s just my opinion.”
Lovegrove-Weaver’s daughters, Caroline Weaver, 12, and Jillian Weaver, 11, both been twirling about five years — and earned beginner pageant winner and novice pageant winner honors respectively last year at the Miss Majorette of NY pageant, qualifying for the national competition.
“I like the competitions,” Caroline said. “They’re fun to do. There are so many solos and X-Struts (a pattern-based baton performance) and all kinds of routines.”
“I like how you’re constantly making new friends ...,” Jillian said.
“ ... and constantly learning new tricks ...,” Caroline added.
“It’s pretty fun to do,” her sister concluded.
Emily O’Bryan, 13, of North Tonawanda has been twirling for three years
“I tried a couple other sports, but twirling is my favorite. I like learning the tricks, and what Jillian said, making new friends,” she said. “It’s different. No one else does it. It’s kind of cool to do something no one else does.”FOR MORE INFORMATION • Visit twin-tontwirlingcorp.com or call Rita Lovegrove-Weaver at 860-0645 or Debbie Gramza-Dudek at 692-2150.