A well-worn stairway leads to a house on Oahu’s North Shore, November 1979.Photograph by Robert Madden, National Geographic

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univmuse: Hello! I saw your show at Dayton and it was so inspiring. I spin Delazure (an Independent A class from Delaware) and I just started guard this year - do you have any tips on learning rifle or flag that would help and beginner? Thanks for any help! P.S. Beth Calhoun is our designer and I can only imagine how she is for Onyx - she's amazing but also very intense. Lol

Thank you so much, I’m so glad you liked it!!!! I hope you had an amazing first season!

This was actually my 5th season ever, so It wasn’t that long ago that I was in the same shoes you! As far as tips go, I’d say to explore color guard on YouTube or wgi fan network if possible. Find some group that you love and inspires you, that is the fuel that keeps you going! For me, I watched Corona 09 and fell in love with color guard, I researched them and found out that Michael Shapiro was their instructor and from that day forward, marching under him was my only goal. I went to a couple of winterguard shows that same season and fell in love with onyx, so i auditioned in 2012 for O2. I spend countless hours outside trying to learn phrases from both corona and onyx by video, finding tosses that I loved and just throwing it in the air without any clue what I was doing. So finding something to inspire your spinning is great. Also spinning with friends helped me loads. When I made it into blue stars, I’ll never forget learning a crazy 45 on the first day of camp and being so scared of it, and scared of embarrassing myself. Michael came up to me and said “don’t be nervous because that’s when you get hurt, just do it and don’t think about it.” Don’t ever second guess yourself while practicing. Of course technique, take things slow and don’t get frustrated. Trust me, everyone has been at some point in their lives where they haven’t been able to figure something out, but eventually it will come.
I know this sounds dumb but just practice all the time, but constantly check yourself to make sure you’re not creating bad habits. Always think about what your body is doing under a toss and while releasing and catching. If you can, practice in front of a window so you can see your reflection. Trust me, thinking about doing things correctly while learning it will only help you in the long run. Always make sure you’re engaging your brain and not letting your body go.

BC is like a mom to us! She’s absolutely fantastic, you are lucky to be taught by her. Just know she’s only intense cus she cares so much about you! Hope I could help!

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