A choreographed program routine using two batons in a non-musically-interpretive exercise demonstrating the intricacy and interrelationship of two batons within the modes of aerials, rolls, and contact material in combination with stationary complex bodywork that is executed to a standard and timed piece of music.
The Two Baton discipline is the simultaneous manipulation of two batons by one athlete.
The primary focus of the two baton discipline is the representation of the 3 twirl modes (2-baton aerials, 2-baton rolls, 2-baton contact material), integrated and executed in various planes, patterns and directions with ambidexterity, varied body work enhancements, and an emphasis on continuity, consistency and flow. Difficulty/demand is created through the interrelationship and intricacy of the two batons. Multi-patterns, planes, and oppositional direction of the three modes are woven into a “textured” routine where both batons are of equal priority.
The skills presented in the two-baton discipline should be seamless in connection and demonstrate an effortless degree of continuity and flow with both batons having equal priority. Skill and quality of execution through smooth and seamless transitions will contribute to the overall degree of excellence and successful mastery of the program in proportion to the inherent depth of skills presented.
Speed relates to the consistent rate of revolution of both batons in coordination with the motion of the body during the performance. Control and consistency throughout the performance indicates the athlete’s authority in regulating the speed and handling of the batons. Revolutions and speed control for the duration of the performance is reflective of the two-baton proficiency achievement of the athlete. There is a mastery and authority of the batons in terms of spatial awareness, which is inherent to two-baton training and execution. This authority is a distinguishing factor that yields value to this discipline and makes it different than solo twirling.
Presentation qualities of the two-baton discipline exist in the detailing of control, correct posturing and body enhancements along with performance energy, confidence, and a total commitment by the athlete to the program’s effectiveness.