Director Patti Lynn Wojtowicz has been teaching baton twirling for over 30 years.  She has shared her love of twirling with hundreds of young people in the area.

Patti has taken her students to 13 national championships where they have won numerous individual and team awards.  Patti has also traveled to Canada, Ireland and Norway to attend the World Baton Twirling Championship with her daughter and fellow Illumination coach Catherine Ramirez. They are able  to bring her twirling knowledge and experience back to Bergen County.

Patti is a proud staff member of the award winning Ridgewood High School Marching Band  As a member of the color guard staff, she continues a tradition of high school field twirling that has all but disappeared from Bergen County. The RHS twirlers are consistently recognized for their excellence in performance. Several of PAtti’s students have gone on the twirl for college marching bands. 

Patti is the director of the Ridgewood YMCA Twirling Program where she has grown a program that includes teams, clinics and a successful summer baton camp.

Patti and her staff promote twirling in the area and are happy to be involved in several town recreation programs including Paramus and Maywood. She is the president of the NJ Baton Council, and a coach and judge with the United States Twirling Association.  Patti is an educator in a local school district and has a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology.

About Us

The Illumination Twirling Organization was started in 1978 by Patti Lynn Wojtowicz.  Primarily a parade corps, we began out annual tradition of marching in the Ridgewood July 4th parade.  In the 80’s we developed our twirling team and private lesson program and performed at community events throughout Bergen County, as well as competing locally and at the NJ State Championship.  In the 90’s we expanded our program to include travel to regional and national events, the pre-trials program, and  high quality instruction in individual multiple baton and dance twirl.  Over the years our program has grown to be the largest in the count. We continue to expand out recreation and competitive programs.  Throughout the years we continue the pride, fun and tradition of excellence.




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