CARBONDALE – Lynnette’s Twirlerettes is marching into its 35th season. And to kick its current season into high gear, the group is holding a special fundraiser at the Carbondale Grand Hotel on November 12th. From 2:00pm to 4:00pm, program director Lynnette Lepre-VanDeusen invites guests to “grab their best girl. Be it their mom, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, cousins or BFFs, we’re going to celebrate our anniversary and have a fun time together.”

Dubbed the Her and Me Tea, this light and fun-filled afternoon is open to the public and promises to be a special and fun time for all ages.

“We’ve planned an entertaining afternoon tea party that will include light fare of petite sandwiches, pastries, and punch,” said Lepre-VanDeusen. “We’ll also include framed photos of each guest enjoying their tea party. And there will also be princesses and costumed characters dancing to traditional party music and twirling exhibitions.” Tickets are $35 per couple and benefit Lynnette’s Twirlerettes’ Student Treasury Fund to help cover future travel and event expenses.

Since 1983, Lynnette’s Twirlerettes has become a state, regional, and national championship group that has traveled and performed extensively across the country coast to coast, in Canada, Bermuda, and the Bahamas, in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and the Netherland Antilles Islands in the Caribbean.

“This group has grown and done so much during the past three-and-a-half decades,” said Lepre-VanDeusen. “I’ve had students learn and stay with the group for years, eventually go on to school and marry to have their own family, and this year my first third-generation family is in the group. It has been an amazing time, and I love every minute of it.”

A twirler since she was just 4 years old, Lepre-VanDeusen has gone on to be licensed as a teacher and a judge with several twirling organizations, and has more than 40 years of twirling, modeling, and pageant experience.

She has judged the Miss America preliminary pageants in Pennsylvania and has been a former title holder, judge, and regional director for the Miss Hemisphere Pageant system. She has also served as the twirling half-time choreographer for this year’s Sugar Bowl, as well as the annual game bowls in 2011, 2009, and 2007. Located in three NEPA counties, Lynnette’s Twirlerettes is convenient to students in Carbondale (Lackawanna County), Forest City (Susquehanna County), and Lake Ariel (Wayne County).

“I’ve proudly led my groups to traveling performances along the Miss America parade in Atlantic City and the Royal Naval Dockyard in Bermuda, on the Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas cruise ship, at Walt Disney World, Universal Studies, Sea World, and to so many other sites and locations,” said Lepre-VanDeusen.

“As they’ve learned their sport, my groups have had many wonderful and exciting opportunities to travel and meet others who share a love of twirling through classes, performances, parades, recitals, and competitions.”

Lynnette’s Twirlerettes offers classes for beginners as young as 3 years to advanced twirlers in their early 20s. Throughout their weekly classes, students are taught the basics of baton and dance twirls, pom-pom and parade routines, team exchanges, and basic gymnastic moves.

“Baton twirling offers a wealth of self-esteem and confidence, poise and grace, teamwork, and lifetime of friendships and memories,” said Lepre-VanDeusen. “I also hold special and one-on-one sessions for those individuals seeking competitive twirling competition, modeling, or pageant training.” A former choreographer for main high school field shows, she also works with those high school majorettes who pursue positions at school districts for feature and captain positions.

“All students are offered the opportunity to perform in local parades and competitions, summer and various travel performances, and our annual recital,” she added. “Opportunities are offered to everyone with no obligations, no registration fee, and they can pick and choose what they’d like to participate in.”

Known for its warm family environment, Lynnette’s Twirlerettes is also known for its fun non-performing activities throughout the year, including an adult tournament, summer and winter family outings, an Octoberfest and haunted hayrides, and a semi-formal student holiday party and winter iced golf tournament. “There’s really something for everyone with my group, and the fun is endless.”

For information about Lynnette’s Twirlerettes and its upcoming Her and Me Tea, contact owner/instructor Lynnette Lepre-VanDeusen, at 570-281-9797 or visit www.lynnettestwirlerettes.com.