Leaping and turning, twirling and tossing, dancing and drama. It sounds like another routine dance class, but winterguard is a sport unlike any other.
Winterguard is an activity similar to colourguard. Colourguard is a popular sport that combines music, dance, props and theatre to entertain a crowd. While colourguard is performed outdoors in the summer with a marching band; however, winterguard is done indoors in the winter. This one-of-a-kind performing art combines rhythmic gymnastics, baton twirling, synchronized swimming, dance, gymnastics and theatre. Props like batons, colourful flags and sabres help create flashy performances.
The Encorps Winterguard was founded in 1999 as an alumni group for people ages 21 and over who had competed in winterguard and loved it. It has grown into a club that has four different programs for ages 7 and above, allowing anyone to try. “There are always new tricks to learn, and skills to work on,” says Trudy Simon, Instructor at Encorps. “If you can hold a flag, you are old enough to start, and can never really outgrow the sport.”