Joyful Twirlers - History
Welcome, my name is Jessica Nigra, Former Director and Founder of the "Joyful Twirlers"
baton-twirling ministry. We are located in Pittsburgh, PA. Since our inception in
the year 2000, we have been blessed with the formation of a second "Joyful Twirlers"
troupe located in Monroeville, PA, now operated and directed by Tracey Poach who
began her coaching career with our premiere unit in Forest Hills, Pa.
The founding of our ministry...
One summer morning, together with my family, I stood among the crowd of spectators
crowded at the sidewalk, delighting in the small town street parade. Parading down
the street were the usual local school bands, clowns, scout groups and fire trucks
with their resounding sirens. Among the group of parade participants were several
baton-twirling troupes. Each would take their turn at the reviewing stand to perform
for the judges and the spectators. While watching the young girls, happily twirling
and dancing, I imagined my own daughters participating in an enjoyable activity
such as baton twirling, unfortunately the troupe which we were observing was not
the more conservative troupe that I would have chosen. Fortunately, our Lord placed
the desire in my heart to start up and establish a quality Christian baton-twirling
troupe: "Joyful Twirlers".
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