Majorettes Twirling Disciplines
The World Baton Twirling Championship is held bi-annually on every odd-numbered year and include events in the Majorettes Twirling discipline.
- MAJORETTE TRADITIONAL CORPS - This is a routine which shows the majorette tradition, choreographed to personal choice of music. Main focus to be Marching and Maneuvering choreographed to the musical phrases, tempo and rhythm. The routine must be presented with proper technique and appropriate performance qualities. Simple dance series may accompany the marching. Variety of choreography and maneuvering is required. Only basic baton handling and twirls are permitted (i.e. full hand material, finger-twirls, loops and swings), NO releasing/tossing of the baton is permitted, NO release/catch exchanges, ONLY hand to hand exchanges permitted. Emphasis is to be placed on precision of marching & maneuvering, floor coverage, teamwork and effects throughout the entire program. Kneeling is not allowed. The team may use a drum major or leader, there will be no separate score for this member. Every member of the group must use a baton. The rules apply to both the baton and mace. No intentional grounding of the baton is permitted. In the event of a drop, competitors must retrieve the baton as quickly as possible. The routine is judged on precision of marching & maneuvers, floor coverage, teamwork and effects. A salute is to be given at the beginning and the end of the routine by one or more members.
- EXHIBITION CORPS - The emphasis of this discipline is a corps performing a routine with marching and changing formations, with timing, perfection and precision. The routine may begin and end anywhere on the floor. The choreography should be a mix of various style of marching and dancing with the emphasis being on the drill design, maneuvering, staging and creating pictures and patterns. The choreography should display good quality of twirling skills and concepts. Continual changing of formations and precision and unison are the key elements during the entire routine.
- PARADE CORPS - The concept of a Parade Corps routine should be suitable for a street parade, maintaining continuous foot movement throughout entire performance. Limited props that can be carried in a parade, e.g. pompons, flags, hoops, banners, streamers, sabers, etc. are permitted but at least 10 members of the corps must use a baton. All modes of twirling and dance footwork are permitted. A salute is not required. Continuous foot movement: defined as the placement on the floor of the whole foot by stepping, tapping, jumping, or hopping at least every second count. Parade corps must incorporate continuous foot motion throughout the entire performance, but is NOT required to always be moving forward. Maximum 16 counts without marching for presentation/beginning of the street parade is allowed.
- SHOW TWIRL ACCESSORIES CORPS - The emphasis of this event is on entertainment and balance between the use of baton and chosen props. The main importance is the baton and dance combinations and simultaneous blending of body and baton should be demonstrated while displaying a wide range of skills in all modes of twirling and bodywork.
- FLAG BATON TEAM - A Flag Baton Team performs a routine with marching and dancing combined with twirling a flag baton and choreographed to personal choice of music. The main focus is the combination of Marching and flag-baton twirling. The choreography should display good foundations of flagbaton twirling and excellence of basic flag-baton twirling concepts. Variety of maneuvers, floor patterns and effects are required. Changing of formations is expected. The competitors have to finish the choreography by holding the equipment.