July is a special time for the Dynamics. It was on a July morning almost thirty-three years ago that the Dynamics were first introduced to the rest of the world during a Bicentennial celebration. This 1976 Fourth of July parade was the first public performance for Linda Alford’s new group, but their renown would soon grow. Over the next ten years, they would spend many July and August days competing and winning numerous local championships for their twirling skills. And it was on a July morning in 1988 that their fame would spread across the country with the Dynamics’ first national title, Tiny Tot Dance Twirl Team Champions. From this point on, they would be the recipients of at least one national title every year at the National Baton Twirling Association’s championships in South Bend, Indiana.
Over the past thirty years, the name Dynamics has come to mean excellence and stability in the sport of baton twirling. They are consistent winners in both the team and individual competitions at the state, regional, and national levels. Over the years, the Dynamics have been home to multiple Miss Majorettes of America and Grand National Twirling Champions, the highest individual honors in the country for twirlers. Members of the team have also been selected to be representatives of the U.S.A. at seven different World Championships in France, England, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, and Italy. They have come home with eleven team gold medals to date in addition to multiple medals won in individual competition. Their most recent trip to worlds in Switzerland resulted in a gold medal for the Junior Dance Twirl team. Team members have also had the great honor to be selected as Good Will Ambassadors in Lima, Peru and to compete in the inaugural Grand Prix Championships in Abbotsford, Canada.
At the most recent National championships this summer, the Dynamics won four National Team titles: Tiny Tot Small Dance Twirl, Tiny Tot Large Twirl Team, Juvenile Small Dance Twirl Team, and Juvenile Large Dance Twirl Team.
There are approximately thirty-five girls on the team ranging in age from four to twenty-four. Dynamics members join the team as young girls and grow up competing under the positive influence of older members, many of whom have already been parts of the winning tradition. Members often travel long distances to be a part of this prominent twirling team. The team practices in Elkridge, Maryland and although most families live in the Baltimore/Washington Metro area, some girls travel from New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Over ten of our members have been Feature Twirlers for major U.S. Universities, such as the Universities of Maryland, South Carolina, Miami, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, University of Maryland Baltimore Campus, and Penn State University.
One reason for the Dynamics’ success is their coaching staff. Linda Alford, founder and director, leads the team. Since 1976, she has taught young girls to twirl and at the same time instilled in them the desire to achieve excellence in all aspects of their lives. She has been their coach, their role model and their mentor. Her talent and instincts for this sport are unmatched. Linda has passed on her talents to daughters Kristi Alford Taylor and Stacey Alford Boyer. Between them they hold 4 national and world championship titles. Kristi and Stacey will continue to inspire members into the next generation. Another member of the staff is Glenn Bittenbender. A previous world champion, Glenn shares the responsibility for the Dynamics’ unique style with Kristi and Linda. Finally, Robin Schmitt works with the youngest members of the team as well as keeping things running smoothly behind the scenes. In addition, many former Dynamics have become assistant coaches with the team and help to pass on what they learned as a member of the team to current twirlers.