LEWISTON – Lewiston twirlers brought home trophies, ribbons and experience from Portland recently.

Baton twirling teams from Lewiston traveled to Riverton School to compete in the East Coast Twirling Association’s Northeast Competition. Eleven girls from grades one through four entered their respective divisions for the dance twirl event. The venue consists of a series of compulsory twirls, tosses, rolls and dance steps.

Teams choreographed routines and designed costumes to interpret musical themes. Local teams competed against athletes from as far away as Boston and New Brunswick.

Central Maine Christian Academy’s primary team, the Butterflies, placed first in their age group. The Angels, CMCA’s elementary group, earned sixth-place ribbons in their larger division.

Additionally, two first-graders placed in the top 10 for the state in the poise and personality event The girls qualify to compete in the title event at the ECTA Grand Championships to be held at Husson College in Bangor on May 20.

Central Maine Christian Academy twirlers have been training together for two years. They march in local parades, perform at recitals and will be seen next at the Maine Games at Thorton Academy on May 14.

The students agreed that the best part of the competition was watching the complex routines of older, more experienced baton twirlers. The girls are inspired now to train for specialized events such as command marching and duets.

Those interested in exploring twirling can check with the Poland Recreation Department, which offers baton classes for ages 5 to 12. All towns are welcome. Call 998-650 for details.

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