Stepper-ettes step it up

The 28-member Stepper-ettes Twirling Corps, Team USA at the World Baton Twirling Championships, brought home their second international title earlier this month from Neuchatel, Switzerland.

The World Baton Twirling Championships only come around once every three years.

So by the time 2015 rolls around, Sue’s Stepper-ettes will have held onto a world title for six years.

The La Vista-based, Ralston-originated twirling corps captured its second World Championship in April at Neuchatel, Switzerland.

The Stepper-ettes won gold at Worlds in 2009 and then began a long, hard march to repeat the feat. After a disappointing second-place finish in the National Championships at South Bend, Ind. in 2010, the Stepper-ettes refocused, reloaded and were back on top for 2011’s national competition and then prepared to do baton battle on the world’s stage once again.

Armed with an “Alice in Wonderland”-themed performance, the Stepper-ettes dominated the competition en route to championship No. 2.

“There was way more pressure this time,” said Katie Dischler, who was on both the 2009 and 2012 twirling corps championship teams. “We’er the ones to beat and the other teams have been waiting for three years to have this chance.”

To add to the story, a Ralston High School alum, Taylor Stein, followed the team on its journey and is in the process of trying to get the resulting documentary, “Twirl Girls” aired on Nebraska Public Television.

Stein, who won an Emmy for his work as a producer with KPTM Channel 42, worked with co-producer Steve Mattern to make the film. His wife, Keegan, is a longtime Stepper-ette.

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