Our Story


The Central Maine Twirling Corps was established in 2009, and evolved out of the well-known and long-running baton twirling program, the World of Twirl.

Our story is not just one of twirling and marching, traveling and performing, or competitions and awards.  Of the many positive experiences, life lessons and opportunities twirling can give to a young athlete, our story is one of a true and cherished friendship, mentorship, and shared passion for the sport and art of baton twirling.

It all began in 2000 when the then East Coast Twirling Association Director, Diane Higgins, invited twirlers Andrea Fletcher and Jennifer DeCosta to Maine to assist with the World of Twirl’s summer baton camp in Bangor. The experience was a very positive one for the two twirlers, and they returned home to New Hampshire that summer with very fond memories of both the twirlers they had the opportunity to teach, as well as Diane. The following year brought the end of this summer camp, but the girls always looked back warm-heartedly on their time spent in Maine, and were thankful for the opportunity to have twirled with this fantastic group.

Several years passed, Coach Diane and her twirlers grew and thrived, and Jennifer and Andrea’s lives took them in different directions. It seemed that this twirling relationship had come to an end, but in November of 2004, after moving to Bangor for a career opportunity, Andrea open the local newspaper to find not only a fantastic article about Diane and her twirlers (the then soon to be named Main-E-Acts Team), but also what would later become a welcoming twirling family, amazing lifelong friends, and a wonderful new home in Maine with the World of Twirl. The end of the article had Diane’s contact information, which had changed since those years of directing summer camp, and Andrea very nervously called Diane that same day.  Without hesitation, Andrea was greeted by the same welcoming and friendly voice she remembered.

Diane and Andrea began coaching together in the years to follow this day, and through their coaching, twirling and own life experiences during this time, developed a lasting friendship that extended far beyond the walls of the practice gym. In 2009, after five memorable years together, and over 35 years of directing, coaching and dedicating herself to the World of Twirl, Diane announced her retirement from the sport of twirling, and the opening of a new chapter in her own life.  As Diane celebrated this time, she left her twirlers and Andrea with many lessons and inspirations for the future, then generously passed the coach and director baton to Andrea…

…and so began the Central Maine Twirling Corps!

 

The Central Maine Twirling Corps includes the Main-E-Acts Team, Main-E-ettes Team, River City Twirlers, and Capital City Twirlers.  Read more about who we are and what we do:

Main-E-Acts Team

The Main-E-Acts Baton Twirling Team is the travel component of the Central Maine Twirling Corps program. Main-E-Act team members are those twirlers that demonstrate supreme dedication to their chosen sport of twirling, and wish to grow their experience through regional and national competitions and performances.

Enthusiastically named by the team’s founding 10 members, the Main-E-Acts Team was created in 2004 as the travel component of the then umbrella program—the World of Twirl.  Original team members were selected by the founder and director of the World of Twirl, Diane Higgins, for their outstanding twirling and dancing abilities, as well as their enthusiasm, dedication and passion for the sport of baton twirling, and these qualities are still sought in today’s team members.

This group of exceptional young women has entertained and charmed the communities of Maine at countless local parades, fairs and celebrations, and dazzled families from around the world with their performances in Walt Disney World’s Share a Dream Come True and SpectroMagic parades. Awarded Disney Twirl Mania’s Junior Parade Team of the Year in 2006 for their exemplary twirling, appearance, entertainment value, precision, and exceptional professionalism, the Main-E-Acts continue to share their enthusiasm for the unique sport of twirling, and passion for performing, with audiences throughout the country. In 2009 and 2015, the Main-E-Acts performed in the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in Washington, DC, and in 2010 entertained in the 249th New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York, New York.

The Main-E-Acts are members of the National Baton Twirling Association, are the proud 2009, 2010 and 2016 recipients of the Northeast Regional Dorothy Barry Memorial Team Award and the 2015 (and first) recipients of the Linda A. Lanni Outstanding Team Sportsmanship Award. They are the 2017 NBTA Maine State Senior and Junior Dancetwirl, Twirl Team, Halftime, Parade and Show Corps Champions, and the 2017 Northeast Regional Parade Corps, Halftime and Show Corps Champions. The team attended AYOP in 2006, 2012, 2014 and 2017, and proudly placed in the prestigious “Top Ten” of Junior and Senior Dancetwirl, Twirl Team, Halftime Show Team, Twirl Corp, Show Corps and Parade Corp Divisions. In 2017 they won the National Sr. Beg. Lg. Dance Twirl Team and Sr. Beg. Sm. Twirl Team divisions.

The 2017-2018 Main-E-Acts Team consists of 15 young women, ages 10 to 18, who represent the Maine communities of Augusta, Bangor, Brewer, Bucksport, Hampden, Holden, South Paris, and West Gardiner.

Main-E-ettes Team

The Main-E-ettes Team is comprised of those younger, experienced, dedicated, and enthusiastic Capital City Twirlers and River City Twirlers that hope to someday become Main-E-Acts! Main-E-ettes are selected in the fall of each twirling season.

The Main-E-ettes travel to select events throughout the season with their Main-E-Act big sisters.

River City Twirlers

The River City Twirlers are comprised of those children (all ages) living in and around the Bangor, Maine area who wish to participate in the sport of baton twirling at the recreational level. These twirlers have the opportunity to participate in local community performances throughout the year, as well as the annual Central Maine Twirling Corps Recital in May.

The River City Twirlers, along with their Main-E-Act and Capital City Twirler teammates, are proud to be the 2009 and 2010 Bangor Festival of Lights Holiday Parade “Outstanding Youth Group Award” recipients, a 2011 Winslow Family 4th of July Parade “Award-Winning Unit,” and the 2013 Augusta 4th of July Parade “Best Marching Unit” award recipients.

River City Twirler classes are supported by the Bangor Parks and Recreation Department and are held weekly on Tuesday evenings.

Capital City Twirlers

The Capital City Twirlers are comprised of those children (all ages) living in and around the Augusta, Maine area who wish to participate in the sport of baton twirling at the recreational level. These twirlers have the opportunity to participate in local community performances throughout the year, as well as the annual Central Maine Twirling Corps Recital in May.

The Capital City Twirlers, along with their Main-E-Act and River City Twirler teammates, are proud to be the 2009 and 2010 Bangor Festival of Lights Holiday Parade “Outstanding Youth Group Award” recipients, a 2011 Winslow Family 4th of July Parade “Award-Winning Unit,” and the 2013 Augusta 4th of July Parade “Best Marching Unit” award recipients.

Capital City Twirler classes are supported by the Augusta Recreation Department and are held weekly on Wednesday evenings.

Coach Andrea

Since the age of 7, twirling has been a big part of Coach Andrea’s life. Andrea grew up in a small town in southern New Hampshire where she twirled, competed, performed, and coached locally, nationally and internationally through the end of her high school years. She then went on to further her education at Penn State, but her twirling days did not end. In college, Andrea had the very fortunate opportunity to perform as a part of the Pennsylvania State University Marching Blue Band for over 110,000 people each football game, as well as compete as a member and captain of the national champion Penn State Majorettes. While she has always loved twirling and performing, through her now over 20 years in the sport, nothing has given Andrea greater enjoyment than coaching and teaching young twirlers, and sharing all that baton twirling has given to her over the years.  Shortly after leaving Penn State in 2004, Andrea moved to Maine in pursuit of her career in public health, and in that move, was also given the unexpected and invaluable opportunity to assist in coaching the Capital City Twirlers, River City Twirlers, Main-E-ettes and Main-E-Acts. She also had the fortunate opportunity to help begin the University of Maine Majorettes as coach from 2010-2014.

Over ten years ago Andrea came to love twirling in Maine, and she is honored to be continuing the program as Coach and Director of the Central Maine Twirling Corps today. Andrea has a Master of Science degree in Health Communication from Tufts University, and outside of her time with the Central Maine Twirling Corps, maintains a full-time career in public health working to improve the health of Maine’s communities. Andrea is now a resident of Portland.