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Southern Baton Company performs

The Southern Baton Company had an opportunity of a lifetime on Saturday morning when they were able to perform in front of the Troy University Majorettes.

“They are very ecstatic,” said lead instructor Lauren Chandler. “They have been so excited for the past month. They have been telling me how excited they are to meet the majorettes and perform for them.”

Messenger Photo/mike hensley The Southern Baton Company held its first performance on Saturday morning in front of Hawkins Hall on the Troy University campus. The Southern Baton Company performed in front of the Troy University Majorettes.

Messenger Photo/mike hensley
The Southern Baton Company held its first performance on Saturday morning in front of Hawkins Hall on the Troy University campus. The Southern Baton Company performed in front of the Troy University Majorettes.

The Southern Baton Company is an exciting opportunity for many of the students to have fun with their friends and learn a new activity.

“It’s really fun,” said Mallory Chandler. “I like to do baton twirling because I like to play with my friends and have fun.”

Chandler’s goal is to introduce her students to an activity not widely offered in the Pike County area. Getting to meet the Troy Majorettes was icing on the cake.

“We organized meet and greet with the Troy Majorettes, basically to give the girls someone to look up to in the twirling world,” Chandler said. “High School majorettes are very prevalent here, so it’s an opportunity for them to meet and greet.”

Following performances by the kindergarteners, third- and fourth-graders, and fifth-graders, the Troy majorettes took the stage to do a performance of their own. Following their performance, the Troy majorettes took pictures with the students as well as signed posters.

“I love working with young majorettes,” said Rachel Arnold. “When I was a kid I loved looking up the girls in sequence and wanting to be like that them. I love having the opportunity to work with the girls as they aspire to be like us.”

“It’s a lot of fun,” Mallory Chandler said, “I have never got to meet them.”

The Southern Baton Twirling Company is still taking students is still taking students and registration is open at any time through the Facebook page.

“I think it’s really important, because it gives them a skill,” Chandler said. “Not only have I learned how to twirl and dance through twirling and being a majorette, but I also learned leadership skills and time managements skills that have taken me through my entire life.”

The Southern Baton Twirling Company will continue practices through late  and they are planning on preforming a this spring.