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Ranch-O-Twirl! (1962)

Jones Film and Video Collection, Southern Methodist University

Sound | 1962

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  •  An acrobatic soloist, Wanda Henry (née Smith) begins the film 
  •  A group routine by twirlers from Robert E. Lee High School in San Antonio 
  •  Sisters Sandra Smith on far left and Wanda Henry (née Smith) in front 
  •  Wanda was the featured twirler at Trinity University in 1963, and Sandra was the featured twirler at Southern Methodist University in 1965 
  •  Group twirling by the pool 
  •  Twirling instructor and National Baton Twirling Association judge Pat Dunn 
  •  Another soloist practices her moves 
  •  A quick swim break! 
  •  The group performances set to music begin 
  •  A group twirls to "The Stripper," a huge hit for the David Rose Orchestra in 1962 
  •  A soloist returns to perform her routine with music 
  •  A very young soloist impresses the audience 
  •  The man himself, Woody Woodard, shows off his skills! 
  •  Into the pool! 
  •  The last young soloist 
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Not much is known about this film that captures enrollees at Woody Woodard's Ranch-o-Twirl Camp showing off for the camera. After a swim break, a large group of twirlers practice a number of routines set to music before stars of the camp, including Woody Woodard himself, perform solo for the crowd. Did you attend Ranch-o-Twirl Camp or recognize the location or anyone in the film? Please let us know.