Silver Starlites

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History of The Silver Starlites 

     The Silver Starlites are a nationally competitive traveling baton twirling team based in the Hudson Valley region of New York. They are directed and coached by Allison Labate Stuart, Jessica Hackett, Kara Rogowski and Jodi Escalante. The teams are choreographed by Arthur Fredric.

     The Silver Starlites became an established team in the early 1970's when Sylvia Utter, a baton twirling legend, began the origanization with an eye towards education. Being an educator herself, Mrs. Utter focused on teaching the sport as a way to develop fine motor skills in children of all ages. The program grew and competed at many local, state, regional and national competitions. Mrs. Utter not only taught baton twirling, she taught twirlers how to teach the sport. One thing that separates the Silver Starlites from many other baton twirling organizations is the emphasis on feeder programming. After establishing the Silver Starlites, Mrs. Utter formulated school programs throughout Dutchess and Putnam Counties. Most of these school programs are still in existance today. Members of the Silver Starlites are able to share their teachings of the sport with younger children in these school programs so the cycle continues. Mrs. Utter's focus and inspiration for the mission of the Silver Starlites remains today. As well as being a nationally recognized team, the Silver Starlites have also excelled in solo baton twirling with many members winning State, Regional, National and World titles.

       Most recently, the Silver Starlites attended the NBTA National Championships held at Notre Dame University in South Bend, IN. The Silver Starlites won first place in the Beginner Tiny Tot Small Dance Twirl and Twirl Team Divisions, Beginner Juvenile Large Twirl and Small Twirl Team Divisions and in the Beginner Preteen Small Twirl Division. Further, the team placed "Top 5" in 23 team events entered. The Silver Starlites Advanced Junior Small Twirl Team also qualified for Grand Team Finals and placed "Top 5" in the Nation. In 2011, the team achieved World Championship status by winning the Tiny Tot Large Dance Twirl Division.


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