Elaine Jones, Longtime Leader in the Sport of Baton Twirling

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Elaine Jones is a longtime leader and living legend in the sport of baton twirling. A coach for nearly 50 years, she has taught more than 1,000 students, many of whom went on to twirl and dance in high school and college. Hailing from the great state of Illinois, Ms. Joines coached the first Black female college feature twirler at Illinois State University.

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Moreover, Jones was the first Black female to obtain a judging license in the National Baton Twirling Association (NBTA). She currenty holds judging licenses in NBTA; the United States Twirling Association (USTA); American Athletic Union (AAU); World Twirling Association (WTA) and Drum Majorettes of America (DMA)!

During her own twirling career, she served as captain of her high school majorette squad for three out of the four years she was a member of the team and earned state, regional and national baton twirling titles. She twirled with the Shining Adelettes and in college was a member of the Trojan Warriorettes, Triton College.

Today, Ms. Jones is at the top of her game. She serves on the board of the Black Baton Twirlers Network, a 501(c)(3) that works to support and advance Black twirlers and remains a leader in the sport.

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