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Spotlight on Twirling- The Dance.net Twirling Interview- Issue #16! (karma: 1)
By RosettaPremium member
On Mon Dec 03, 2007 02:50 PM
Made sticky by Theresa (28613) on 2007-12-07 13:51:04

Learn more about Susie, aka TwirlSportJunkie, in Issue #16 of Spotlight on Twirling!



The Basics

Name: Miss Susie
Dance.net name: TwirlSportJunkie
Member of Dance.net since: November 13, 2002
Age: 35



How long have you been involved with twirling?

I’ve been twirling for 23 years.

Image hotlink - 'http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c325/pinkaboutit117/Spotlight%20on%20Twirling/bunzie.jpg'
^ A headshot of Miss Susie.

Did you compete in twirling when you were younger?

Yes. I competed in the USTA and NBTA in California and ranked nationally. I also did various parades and halftimes as a high school and collegiate feature twirler.

How long have you been a coach?

I’ve been a coach for 10 years.

Approximately how many hours a week do you spend at your studio or gym?

I spend 25 hours coaching. I also spend additional time at home for preparation, research, design, and judging USTA contests.

Do you coach full time, or do you have another job and coach part time?

I teach full time.

Do you coach individuals, groups, or both?

I coach individuals, groups, and pairs in parts of California, Arizona, and Mexico.

Image hotlink - 'http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c325/pinkaboutit117/Spotlight%20on%20Twirling/groupdiamonds.jpg'
^ A photo of The Diamonds, which is one of Susie's recreational groups.

Do you coach all skill levels or just specific ones?

I coach beginner thru advanced.

Do your students attend competitions? If so, which ones?

Yes. They will be competing in USTA and NBTA in Arizona this year.

Do your students appear in parades during the year?

Yes. It helps with community awareness and involvement.

Do you coach high school or college majorettes in the marching band?

Yes. I coach high school twirlers and am developing a twirling line next year.

Image hotlink - 'http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c325/pinkaboutit117/Spotlight%20on%20Twirling/cibolahstwirlers.jpg'
^ A photo of the high school twirlers Susie coaches.

Do you also coach dance, colorguard, or pom?

Yes. I think you have to coach all three to be effective. I teach dance basics and movement technique to go with the baton, pom to the young kids, and next year I will be taking over a high school colorguard program. I am very excited about incorporating twirling, rifle, sabre, and flags into a multi layered presentation. Eventually, I am planning on taking the WGI judges academy to further my knowledge.

Do you have children or other family members involved in twirling?

Well, does having an old baton mom count? (Thanks mom!) My significant other helps me with body mechanics, conditioning, and as a trainer, since he is a former tennis champion and elite coach.

What is your most and least favorite thing about coaching?

Most- Seeing kids develop and grow into fine upstanding citizens.

Least- Fundraising and dealing with people who don’t think twirling is a sport.

Lastly, what advice would you give to someone who is thinking about becoming a coach?

Realize that it’s much more time consuming than you originally plan on! You must be flexible and adaptable in an everchanging environment with your students. Every day you are faced with something different. Develop good communication skills with the student and realize outside pressures can affect their performance from day to day. Keep educating yourself and updating as the sport is changing rapidly.

11 Replies to Spotlight on Twirling- The Dance.net Twirling Interview- Issue #16!

re: Spotlight on Twirling- The Dance.net Twirling Interview- Issue #16!
By buckeye2
On Tue Dec 04, 2007 07:52 AM
Great interview!

If you dont' mind me asking, how many twirlers do you have at the high school. (Sorry, the picture didn't load up on this computer for soem reason.)

I hope to have 2 performing back at my alma mater next year!
re: Spotlight on Twirling- The Dance.net Twirling Interview- Issue #16!
By TsMom
On Tue Dec 04, 2007 07:59 AM
Thanks for doing this interview and sharing you experience.
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By Twirlguy
On Tue Dec 04, 2007 09:29 AM
Great Interview, Sue keep up the good work. Rosetta 5 stars for your hard work
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By CoachT
On Tue Dec 04, 2007 09:51 AM
Another great interview!! Thanks!
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By TamTwirl
On Tue Dec 04, 2007 10:17 AM
Great interview!!!!! :)
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By twirlgirl366
On Tue Dec 04, 2007 11:40 AM
I always love reading these- thanks Rosetta and TwirlSportJunkie!
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By TwirlSportJunkie
On Tue Dec 04, 2007 12:12 PM
buckeye, I have 2 currently and instead of breaking them apart and having 2 features, they are a pair team with a lot of dynamic interaction with each other. Next year there will be a full twirling line of 6 and these 2 will be the feature blending in with colorguard.

One thing to remember getting them into a high school program is make sure the VP of activities at the school is aware of them and how good it can make the school look in the community and the school. If you get that person on your side its easier to go to the band director and cologuard people for try outs.

Thanks everyone for the nice words!
re: Spotlight on Twirling- The Dance.net Twirling Interview- Issue #16!
By Crazy_Twirler
On Mon Dec 10, 2007 11:15 AM
Great interview! They are always interesting reads.

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By GymBratCoach
On Mon Apr 16, 2012 09:36 PM
Great interview! I'd love to see more of these! And it's good to see coaches out there promoting all areas of twirling! Good work!
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By twirlermom103
On Thu Oct 31, 2013 06:13 PM
Can you do an interview that covers what resources are out there to help a future twirler gain the skills she needs to become a teacher? Is there choreography classes or coaching classes?

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