About

The Rocky Mountain Golden Girls Baton Academy is based in the Front Range communities of Ft. Collins, Windsor, and Loveland.  We are proud to reach many Northern Colorado communities, currently having members from Wellington, Ft. Collins, Loveland, Windsor, Berthoud, Greeley, Johnstown, Kersey, and Longmont! Monthly membership dues are a very reasonable $50, which includes all corps classes and performances.

A little history about the director, Yvonne Pedersen:

At the age of 14, Yvonne founded the California Golden Girls Baton Corps in 1977 in Santa Barbara, California. Since then, the corps developed into one of the most outstanding children’s performance groups in the nation. She has been the instructor of thousands of students, which includes numerous State, Regional, and Nationally ranked twirlers. She was also the founder/director of the Golden State Twirling Clinic, a 4-day baton clinic held in Santa Barbara for years which hosted approx. 150 twirlers from throughout California each summer. In the year 2000, Yvonne moved to San Diego, but continued to teach the Santa Barbara corps until 2002, commuting every 2 weeks to teach. In April of 2004, Yvonne started up the San Diego Golden Girls, although soon learned that she and her husband would be moving to Ft. Collins later that year. For 4 years, Yvonne commuted from Colorado to San Diego bi-weekly to continue teaching the outstanding corps that she had started there.

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Yvonne began twirling at the age of 5, and became quite the accomplished twirler. She was the NBTA California State Senior Champion, All West Regional Champion, and Nationally ranked twirling champ. She twirled on the “Gong Show”, in the movie “Cutter’s Way”, and in numerous television commercials. Her most memorable and gratifying experience with twirling is associated with her many years of twirling with her Jr. High School, Sr. High School, and College marching bands. In 1977, as feature twirler for her band in her freshman year, her high school named her the Dos Pueblos High “Golden Girl”, and that gave birth to the name of her program we know now! Note: this happened long before the popular television program “The Golden Girls” came out!!  Yvonne has traveled to Holland twice to teach and help prepare the Dutch twirlers for the World Championships, and has twirled throughout Denmark and Japan as part of group study exchange programs.   She has taught several clinics for Japanese twirlers who traveled to Santa Barbara seeking instruction from her.  While working on Celebrity Cruises for many years as the youth program coordinator, she also twirled on stage on every cruise. Her teaching skills are in high demand, and as such, she’s taught a countless number of baton camps and clinics throughout the nation. She is a certified coach and judge under the National Baton Twirling Association (NBTA), and is the current District Sports Director of Baton Twirling for the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), which is the organization who sponsors the Junior Olympic games ever year.

Yvonne has a BS in Computer Science from Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, and worked for many years as a highly successful Oracle Database Administrator for Delco Electronics, Applied Magnetics, QAD, and Linsco Private Ledger. Both of her parents passed away at the ages of 63 and 73, and this helped Yvonne make the choice to leave the corporate world and focus on doing what she enjoys most, since both of her parents never really got the chance to experience the joys of retirement as they had planned.

Now that Yvonne and her husband have made Ft. Collins their home, she is excited to bring this fantastic sport back to a place where baton twirling has basically been non-existent for years!

Ms. Yvonne and Golden Girl Allie at Christmas party Ms. Yvonne and Golden Girl Allie at Christmas party

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