Shireen Heidari is An Award-Winning, Baton-Twirling Majorette!

by linda frabl | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

When we watch parades, our eyes tend to go directly toward that one show-stopping girl who amazes us with her baton-twirling expertise. Shireen Heidari, a soon-to-be 6th grader at Ashley Falls School, is not only one of those girls, but also holds the honorable title of “Miss Pre-Teen Majorette of North San Diego County 2013.” Having also won the “Little Miss Majorette of North County, Jr.” title just last year, Shireen is no stranger to representing her community in a terrific baton-twirling way.

ZG-2823“As the Miss Pre-Teen Majorette of North County, my responsibilities include performing at all of our community events, including the Christmas parades in Escondido and Fallbrook, the Escondido Grape Days Parade and October Street Fair, the 4th of July parade in Rancho Bernardo, and the Escondido fireworks show,” Shireen explained. In addition to her weekly baton-twirling classes at the YMCA, Shireen also puts in extra hours rehearsing for baton competitions in the months of March and May. In total, she has won 32 trophies in various baton competitions.

Shireen first started studying baton twirling at the age of five. She recalled, “At first, I just thought it would be fun to try and to see what it was like. I never expected that I would be this interested in it.” As part of the YMCA Twirlers, Shireen utilizes the regular baton and the ribbon baton, but her ultimate goal is to become one of the YMCA Dazzlers. “These are the more experienced girls. They use fire batons and swords!” Shireen exclaimed.

Her baton twirling classes are supplemented with other performing arts classes, including dance, musical theatre and acting. Shireen also finds time for school involvements, such as the safety patrol, the zoo crew, and the Eagle Eye news team. Her favorite subject in school is science because, she proclaimed, “I get to do all of these really fun experiments!”ZG-2799

In her free time, Shireen enjoys going to the beach, the Carmel Valley Recreation Center, and the Ceramic Café at the Del Mar Highlands Mall. When she grows up, Shireen would like to become either a performer or a fashion designer, but for the time being, she is focused on baton twirling. Shireen added, “I don’t care about winning any of these trophies, and all that jazz. I just care about the sport.

I do it for fun, and it’s my passion!”

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Name:  Shireen Rose Heidari
Age:  11
School:  Ashley Falls School
Grade:  6th
Parents:  Constance and Ghobad Heidari
Siblings:  Kion Heidari