Baton twirling is a sport involving the manipulation of a metal rod with the hands and body to a co-coordinated routine, similar to rhythmic gymnastics.
The distinguishing fundamental characteristics are:
- Handling of the 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.
- The incorporation of gymnastic movements adapted to baton twirling to create additional elements of risk and excitement.
The discipline requires the simultaneous blending of these fundamental characteristics all set to music, utilizing time and space to display both technical merit and artistic expression in creating a total package for the viewer’s eye.
Wikipedia [accessed 10 May 2010] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baton_twirling