Twirling to the Top with a Lifelong Anchorette by Christina Nicholson

April 12, 2016

Twirling to the Top with a Lifelong Anchorette by Christina Nicholson


What started in the late 1970s has turned into quite the extracurricular program for a group of local young ladies – the Anchorettes Baton Twirling Team.

When the late Sandy Meyer developed the Anchorettes almost 40 years ago, it proved to be a success in both state and national competitions right away. One student of Meyers, was 7-year old Debbie Dingle.

“After Sandy died, I took over the Anchorettes. It’s such a great tradition with wonderful morals and work ethic,” said Debbie Dingle, who has been the director for 24 years. “I have two girls who twirled until they were in middle school. Now, they help me coach!”

Last year, the Anchorettes National Team traveled to the prestigious Notre Dame University to compete against twirling teams across the United States and Canada. Considering themselves underdogs, they were thrilled with top 10 awards in almost all the group routines.


“We competed at local and state levels and didn’t know what we’d be up against at a competition of that level,” Dingle said. “The only way to find out was to go, so we did… and we’re going back this year.”

To help pay for the trip to Notre Dame this summer, the Anchorettes are hosting a brunch and fashion show at Boca Raton’s Advent Lutheran Church on Saturday, April 30th. Tickets are $25.

The Anchorettes have recreational teams and one competition team. Right now, there are no males on the team, but they are more than welcome to join. For more information, visit

Five benefits of kids working together as a team

  1. Physical development. Because kids develop stronger muscles and bones, they are less likely to suffer from physical injury.
  2. Improves endurance. Good heart health decreases the risk for heart disease, the number one killer of women.
  3. Builds character. Social interactions and building skills like teamwork, leadership, and responsibility is a must.
  4. Boosts self-esteem. Children who contribute will have a better value of themselves.
  5. Teaches discipline. Self restraint and behaving in a controlled and precise manner will carry on throughout life.




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