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Introduction to Baton Twirling and Tossing Basics

Join me for a fun-filled class, exploring the basics of twirling and tossing a baton.
Amanda Neal
68 total reviews for this teacher
12 reviews for this class
Completed by 20 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
45 minutes
per class
Meets once
year olds
learners per class
per learner

How does a "One-Time" class work?

Meets once at a scheduled time
Live video chat, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
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Class Experience

For learners with no previous experience:
Figure Eights
Thumb Toss

For learners with some previous experience, or learners who have met the above learning goals:
Reverse Figure Eights
Corkscrew (into a horizontal toss)
Horizontal Toss
Flash (into a thumb toss) 
I have twirled batons for over 20 years, both in high school as well as at the college level. While completing my Bachelor's Degree, I was the head twirler for three years and a feature twirler all four years of college. I have twirled one two and three batons, knives and fire batons. I've taught twirling lessons and run twirling camps, for children ranging from 6 years old through 17 years old. I have a genuine passion for the sport of twirling. Over the past 17 years, I've worked with children in many different settings and I have found my niche in teaching. 
Absolutely no homework is required, however fifteen to thirty minutes a day of playing with your baton after class, will go a long way in skill retention. It is my sincere goal to build up my students in joy and in experience, and independent play a few times a week will add value to the course as well as build confidence in your child. 
Students will need a weighted metal twirling baton with rubber ends. Unfortunately, plastic or toy batons will not work for this class, as they are not weighted and will not spin, fly, or fall correctly. Weighted batons can be found for purchase online or borrowed from a friend. Batons typically come in lengths of 14- 32 inches. You can find your child’s size by having your child reach their arm straight out to the side (standing in a pose, like the capital letter T), then measuring from under their armpit to their longest outstretched finger- usually the middle finger. Once you've got this number, in inches, add one inch. This is the size baton you will need. Often, when ordering for children, it is fine to order an inch (or two inches maximum) longer than this number, as children grow quickly. Having a baton that is a little too small or a little too big is absolutely fine for this introductory course. As a tool for approximating size: I am 5’ 3 and I twirl with a 29 inch baton. My 11-year-old is 5’1 and twirls with a 27 inch baton. My 9-year-old is 4’4 and twirls with a 21 inch baton.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Parents do not need to be present during class but are always welcome to watch. Students will need an open space where they can move freely without hitting lamps, TV’s, siblings etc. An empty basement, garage, or driveway is ideal, but please ensure student will be able to hear on their computer if they choose to learn in an outdoor location. Please consider putting a cone or large trash can at the end of your driveway or garage opening, if your student will be twirling in a location where cars park or drive.   


Amanda NealHello! I am so excited to meet you!
68 total reviews
64 completed classes

About Me

My name is Amanda Neal. You can call me Mrs. Neal, or Miss Amanda. I cannot wait to meet you, learn your name, and share the joy and journey of learning new skills with you! I am a passionate teacher who adores kids! I have twirled for just over... 
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