One of our annual featured events

The Ridgewood Fourth of July Celebration began in 1910 when the local papers, the civic section of the Woman's Club and the Ridgewood Fire Department joined forces to create a "safe and sane" holiday with an emphasis on Patriotism!  The day began with a parade.  Pictures of early parades show bands, antique cars, horse drawn floats and many fire trucks. The day concluded with fireworks and a dance in Van Neste Park. Since then the event has become the most popular Independence Day Parade in Bergen County.


NEW YORK, NY - Local Illumination Baton Twirlers joined the USA BATON TWIRLING ALL STARS as they marched into Herald Square on Thursday as part of the 82nd annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade®. Baton Twirlers were selected based on their twirling ability and past achievements. The opportunity was open to students from across the United States and from every national baton twirling organization.

Right from their step off, 3.5 million live spectators cheered the group before they arrived at Macy's Herald Square for their national performance for more than 50 million TV viewers watching the broadcast live on NBC.

The  Illumination Twirlers of Ridgewood were featured performers at a recent Teen Vogue  event in Times Square.  Senior members  twirled batons, ribbons and flags for the NYC crowd gathered to celebrate “Declare Your Denim Day”  The event sponsor collected denim to be donated to the victims of the oil spill. The Times Square performance was a highlight for the champion twirling team and they thrilled the  crowd with their multiple baton skills. The girls, who have performed together for over 12 years, hold numerous state, regional and national championship titles. The Illumination Twirlers range in age from 5 through 21 and are coached by Patti Lynn Wojtowicz of Ho-Ho-Kus. The Illumination Twirlers were thrilled to be on Broadway to help Teen Vogue declare its denim!

Teen Vogue

Thanksgiving Day Parade


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2011 Northeast Regional Champion
Congratulations to BTNI Camp Alumni Catherine Ramirez for her performances at the USTA Northeast Regional Championships that earned her the Senior Grand Championship Titles in Solo, Three Baton, Strut and Dance Twirl.  Catherine has had an exciting and successful year so far and is looking forward to Nationals and the International Cup.
Catherine's 2010/2011 twirling season began last August with band camp at the University of South Carolina.  Catherine says,"I was proud and thrilled to begin my freshman year of college as the feature twirler with the USC Mighty Sound of the Southeast Marching Band. As our team progressed from the regular season to winning the SEC East, I had the opportunity to regularly perform before 82,000 cheering fans. The culmination of the season was our trip to Atlanta for the  Chick-Fil-A Bowl Game and Parade. In February I represented USC at the Twirl Mania Collegiate Classic. As a finalist, I had the honor of performing at the EPCOT World Showcase and placing third out of a field of thirty. In March, I was a finalist in the 2011 Congressional Cup Invitational".      
Catherine first attended BTNI Camp when she was ten years old. It was at camp that Catherine says she met many of her closest friends with whom she still shares good times and a love of our sport. She learned to twirl three batons at camp the summer she turned eleven, and came home with her first strut when she turned 13. "BTNI Camp allowed me to work with the best coaches in the country and fostered my love of all events" claims Catherine. She continues to compete in 1, 2, 3, Dance Twirl, Strut and Freestyle. Catherine also shares that another high point in her twirling career was marching in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with BTNI’s USA Baton Twirling All Stars.
Catherine looks forward to the National Championships in Little Rock, Arkansas and the International Cup Championships in Jacksonville, Florida. She would like to thank Karen and David for all they do to promote the sport of baton twirling and wishes the best of luck to the next generation of BTNI Campers.