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History in the Making: Baton Twirling

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History in the Making: Baton Twirling

 Baton Twirling is a history maker. I'ts a beautiful sport. I see it as an art form. It is judged like figure skating and gymnastics. It requires skillful coordination and flexibility in order to execute baton, dance and gymnastics elements. It started in the 1930s at dance festivals. Entertainers used rifles, torches and sticks to toss and twirl with. The early twirlers were men, mainly cause the batons were very heavy. It then evolved for them to be lightweight when women began baton twirling.

Now Baton twirling is going mainstream, with even Beyonce having it a part of her wonderful documentary celebrating Blackness and HBCU culture throughout it. The documentary had Black majorettes and a black baton twirler.


The Homecoming documentary had black people in all shades. We at Aurora Tights, have shades that will fit anyone.


The Candice shade is the one we are focusing on in particular. The Candice shade fits deep skin with a neutral undertone.  When I think of people who can wear the Candice Shade, I think of a lot of people. I think of John Mitchell in particular. 



John "Baton" Mitchell is an accomplished twirler  and is known for being the first African American and male feature twirler for the Pennsylvania States University Marching Blue Band. He is an international judge and coach for the NBTA. 

He has made multiple television appearances from making it to the Vegas Round in America's Got Talent to the Showtime at the Apollo.

He is the founder of a nonprofit, Twirling to Fight Cancer. Twirling to Fight Cancer's mission is to educate, enhance, and entertain. He wants to bring twirlers across the world together to and enhance awareness by raising the money to find the cure for breast cancer. 

He is also one of the five cofounders of the Black Baton Twirlers Network. Aurora Tights just announced a partnership with them.

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