Oasis are a baton twirling team, based in Basingstoke in Hampshire and are members of the National Baton Twirling Association (NBTA) England.
The majority of our team members travel to Basingstoke for training, coming from as far away as Devon, Somerset and Essex. They are trained by Danny Dawes and Sian Bardsley.
You can find out more about the history of Oasis, our current team members and the awards we've won over the years by clicking on the links on the left hand side of this page! Information about the sport of baton twirling can be found below.
Oasis are extremely dedicated, work hard and have a lot of fun!
Please see below a poem written by Jane Freeman a former member of Oasis:
" The contest lasts for moments, though the training's taken years,
it wasn't the winning alone that was worth all the work and tears.
The applause will be forgotten, the prize will be misplaced,
but the long hard hours of practice, will never be a waste.
For in trying to win you build a skill, you learn that winning depends on will.
You never grow by how much you win, you only grow by how much you put in.
So any new challenge you've just begun,
Put forth your best effort and you've already won. "
WHAT IS BATON TWIRLING???
Baton twirling is a sport of agility and coordination coupled with grace and flexibility. Baton twirling has a vague history at best, but professional organizations supporting baton twirling as a sport have been in existence since the early 1950s.
Baton twirling naturally involves twirling a baton, which is a balanced stick usually comprised of metal, but at competitive levels, baton twirling is much more. As with gymnastics, figure skating, and other sports combining agility with grace, competitive baton twirling requires a routine containing mandatory elements for scoring points.
In a competition, a baton twirler is required to twirl vertically and horizontally displaying variety and difficulty of content. Similarly, they are required to make a certain number of catches and releases and vary them throughout their routine. Baton twirling at some levels of competition requires twirlers to use more than one baton.
Choreography is a major part of baton twirling, but coordination in general is the primary skill needed to perform. Baton twirlers work with coaches who help them learn and perfect their catch and release skills and fluidity in movement in their releases, catches, and choreography.
At a competitive level, athletes compete in a variety of both individual and team events, including Solo 1 baton, Solo 2 baton, Rhythmic Twirl, Super X Strut, Duet, Twirl Team and Dance Team. There are also a number of large corp events.
SUCCESS IN NORWAY!
APRIL 2018 - WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, LILLEHAMMER, NORWAY
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
NBTA Bournemouth Regional
BBTF Nationals, Eastleigh