The Twirlettes are privileged to have a team of staff that provide unique and personal opportunities to our twirlers on many different levels.
Her proudest moments have been seeing the success and accomplishments of her twirlers and the personal relationships formed through twirling between students, coaches, parents and families. Seeing the passion, commitment, and love passed on to the next generation is the ultimate reward and knowing you have given that to them is beyond anything else.
In 2017, the team took a huge step and entered into the show corps division. It was a big step to be in the corps competition and took many hours of planning, creating props, and the longer routine, but it was all worth it. The team won the Senior Small Show Corps with props title and went into the finals where they placed 2nd. It was a truly proud moment along with 9 year old Hanna making the USA WORLD TEAM.
In 2018, the Team won the Grand National Show corps title and in 2019 with the Grand World show corps title qualified for TEAM USA to compete at WFNBTA World championships in April of 2002. Due to the pandemic, the competition was rescheduled to August 2021 and then August 2022. On July 24, 2022, the team boarded a plan for Eindhoven, Netherlands. 21 team members won the Silver Medal at the World Championships, which was an amazing feat after 2 years of postponements, training protocols, a new team, and many setbacks due to the pandemic. The team and coaches felt very proud to make it to the World Stage.
Twirlettes in the past and present look forward to many more memories!!
Susan lives in Ypsilanti with her husband Jeff of 28 + years and 21-year-old son Austin, who is an OHIO STATE STUDENT. They are both avid sports fans and are the most patient people while Susan spends time with others. Austin is attending Ohio State pursing a Data Analytics degree and hopes to use that degree in the professional sports field. His favorite teams are OSU, LA Clippers, NY Yankees and of course OSU! He has worked the past 3 summers at Green Oaks Golf course, Ypsilanti Twp., and now has picked up the game of golf and pickleball. Jeff is a customer service trainer at Delta Dental and also works at Eastern Michigan, Wayne State, and other venues as a clock operator. He enjoys all sports and GOLF!! He is the voice of the Saline Twirlettes and Saline HS marching band.
*Susan’s instructors were: Marlene Rahe, Cindy Althaus Kroetz, Pat Basinger, Fred J. Miller, Kathy Siebenaler Wilson, and Cheryl Wimberley.
These are some top memories: 2019, being announced as Grand National Show corps champions, qualifying for TEAM USA and the 2020 WFNBTA World Championships, Opening Ceremonies of the 2022 World Championships, Entering the floor at the 2022 World Championships, 1st performance at the University of Michigan, seeing each twirl at their respective colleges, Miss Majorette of 2001, winning team awards in 2002, WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP in 1999, winning the 2009 & 11 Halftime show twirl champions, the finals competition of New Alliance Dance Twirl in 2012, Collegiate finals in 2012, has been support team in 2013, Miss Michigan and Miss America 2013, having twirlers come back and teach for Twirlettes,2014 Performance at Notre Dame University, 2015 Marriage proposal between Kelsey & Nik, Minion team and Sirens of the Sea and seeing a young twirler excited about a trick or first competition.