Team Photo left to right: Brianna Hein, Alaina Hewitt, Alyssa Yocabet, Madelynn Cleis, Rachel Rodriguez, Alexia Mendez, Taylor Maciulis, Erica Barndt, Madelyn Barndt, Madysin Hewitt, and Quinn Cerullo. The twirlers represent 10 different schools in the valley.
Coaches in front row: left to right, Becky Hewitt and Sarah Ewart.
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Phoenix Superstar Twirlers win 80 medals


PHOENIX – South Bend, Indiana was the sight of the 70th Annual World Open Baton Twirling Championships. Thousands of baton twirlers gathered together this past month to compete in America’s Youth On Parade, baton twirling’s most prestigious event of the year. Twirlers from the USA, as well as other countries, compete in nine different solo events including one-baton, two -baton, three -baton, duet, trio, hoop, flag, strut, and show twirl. Team events are held in Dance Twirl and Twirl.

Arizona was well represented by twelve girls ages 8-16 called the Phoenix Superstars, directed by Becky Hewitt of Phoenix and assisted by Sarah Ewart of Gilbert. The twirlers spent many hours perfecting their routines this past year preparing for this event, and were well rewarded for their efforts by winning 80 medals and seven Team Plaques, placing them in the top ten of the country. The Arizona Twirling Athlete non-profit youth organization will be offering beginning twirling instruction in five different school districts beginning in September. For more information, email or call (602) 997-0522.