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Annual baton clinic welcomes record crowd

Kim Ellis Robertson has been twirling for a number of years, and has been sharing her passion with the Hartselle community for around 16 years through a summer camp. The camp takes place at the Sparkman Civic Center and welcomed 46 campers this year.

Robertson said she first wanted to start the camp to share her love for twirling with other girls. “I am just very passionate about twirling baton and the benefits. It helps with coordination, helps have self-confidence and self esteem to get out in front of people without being nervous or scared,” Robertson said .

During the camp the girls learned the basics of twirling through routines and games. “The camp is for girls that are new to baton that are wanting to try it out to see if they actually have an interest in it. We just expose them to the basics, just starting at the very beginning. The girls that have been twirling that come to camp, we want it to be challenging to them, and we help them with their skill set and add to their ability level,” Robertson said.

The camp welcomed a record number of girls this year with 46 campers compared to their normal average of 35. Robertson said she hopes to be able to inspire other girls to take up twirling. “Majorettes seem to be a dying art, so I wanted to keep that going so the girls had an opportunity. I think it this is great for the future. Randall Key (Hartselle High band director) is very supportive of majorettes at Hartselle. We have seven on the line this year and that’s a good number of girls,” Robertson said.