Twist &  Twirl

Baton Twirling Baton twirling's distinguishing and fundamental characteristics are the:

  • Handling of a baton instrument to create visual images, pictures and patterns, executed with dexterity, smoothness, fluidity, and speed, both close in and around the body and by releasing the baton into the air
  • Expression of the body through dance and movement to create a demonstration of strength, flexibility, physical fitness, beauty, aesthetics, and harmony in coordination with the manipulation of the baton
  • Incorporation of gymnastic movements adapted to baton twirling to create additional elements of risk and excitement

Baton twirling requires the simultaneous blending of all of the above set to music, utilising time and space to display both technical merit and artistic expression. Baton twirling encompasses the physical stamina and agility of gymnastics and dance, the beauty of figure skating and ballet, and the technical skill of all these sports combined. Baton twirling is an entertaining and exciting sport to watch. 

The increasing popularity of the sport throughout the world brought about the formation of the World Baton Twirling Federation (WBTF). A 1977 meeting in London brought together the leaders of the baton twirling organisations from many countries. At that meeting, the WBTF was formed to develop, encourage, and standardise baton twirling.

In October of 1979, the Federation representatives met in Paris, France to finalise all plans for the inaugural World Championships of Baton Twirling, bringing together teams of twirlers from ten countries to compete in Seattle, USA, in 1980. Events contested there were Freestyle and Compulsory Moves. Two new events were introduced since: Teams (1981) and Pairs (1993). In 2005, a Short Programme replaced the Compulsory Moves for the Senior Men and Women’s divisions.

World Baton Twirling Federation