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Applause of Bel Air



"Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself." -Paul Bryant


2010 NBTA Beg. Preteen Large and Small Dance Twirl Team National Champions

2010 NBTA Beg. Junior Small Dance Twirl Team National Champions

2009 NBTA Beg. Junior Small Dance Twirl Team National Champions

2008 NBTA Beg. Senior Large Dance Twirl Team National Champions

2005 NBTA Beg. Junior Small Dance Twirl Team National Champions

2004 NBTA Beg. Juvenile Large Dance Twirl Team National Champions 


     Applause of Bel Air Baton Corps is the oldest continuously operating baton twirling program in Harford County. Our affiliation with Bel Air Parks and Rec allows us to offer the finest quality of instruction at an affordable cost.  The twirlers and teams of Applause have won many NBTA State and National titles.       

     Twirling is more than marching in parades. Baton twirling is a sport of coordination and agility combined with grace and flexibility. Twirlers are athletes who incorporate twirling a baton, certain forms of gymnastics, dance, pageantry and sportsmanship. It is the sport that has something for everyone! 

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Registration dates for Fall 2011: Thursday, September 15 and Monday, September 19, from 6-8 pm. McFaul Activity Center, 525 W. McPhail Rd., Bel Air MD 21014 (behind the MVA). Classes begin September 21, and are held Wednesdays at Bel Air Middle School (99 Idlewild St., Bel Air, MD)

Recreation Classes - Bel Air Middle School
Beginner Recreation Class:  For new twirlers, ages 4 and up.  Wed. 6-7 PM.  Basic twirling skills. Twirlers in this group will learn a routine set to music to perform at our end of year recital. March in the Bel Air Christmas and July Fourth parades.

   Intermediate Recreation Class:  Build on skills learned in the beginner class. For the twirler who wants to learn higher level skills without the commitment of competition. Wed. 6-7:30 PM.  Learn a routine to perform in the end of year recital and march in parades.

  Competition Classes/Teams - Bel Air Middle School
  In-house Competition Team:  Twirlers who are interested in competing.  No try-out is required. Ages 4 and up. Must commit to at least two contests in the spring. Wed. 6-7:30 PM. Some additional practice times may be added before contests. 

  Travel Competition Team:  Ages 4 and up.  Interested twirlers will be evaluated by the Travel team coaches.  In addition to local contests, Travel team twirlers attend AYOP Nationals in South Bend, Indiana each July.  Besides  registration fees, additional costs for travel to Nationals will be assessed. Extra practices beyond Wednesday nights are required. Fundraising opportunites are provided to help with the cost of attending Nationals.

Twirlers new to Applause, but with experience from another corps, may join either competition team with the approval of the coaches. An evaluation of skills is required in order to assure placement at the proper level.
FEES: We offer three sessions per year, with registration in the fall, winter and spring. Each session is approximately 10 weeks. Cost per session: $55 for beginner and intermediate classes, $65 for in-house competition team, $105 for travel team. $15 once a year Parks and Rec registration fee, payable at first registration each year. 

Twirlers on competition teams must commit to all three sessions. $20 for batons.  Additional fees may be charged for costumes.

Meet Our Coaches (please click the link to learn more):