The Silver Starlites are a nationally competitive traveling baton twirling team based in the Hudson Valley of New York. They are directed and coached by Allison Labate Stuart, Jessica Pulford, Lindsay Frank, and Deena Frank.
The Silver Starlites became an established team in the early 1970’s when Sylvia Utter, a baton twirling legend, began the organization with an eye towards education. Being an educator herself, Mrs. Utter focused on teaching the sport as a way to develop fine motor skills in children of all ages. The program grew and competed at many local, state, regional, and national competitions. Mrs. Utter not only taught baton twirling, she taught twirlers how to teach the sport. One thing that separated the Silver Starlites from many other baton twirling organizations is the emphasis on feeder programming. After establishing the Silver Starlites, Mrs. Utter formulated school programs throughout Dutchess and Putnam Counties. Most of these school programs are still in existence today. Members of the Silver Starlites are able to share their teachings of the sport with younger children in these school programs so the cycle continues. Mrs. Utter’s focus and inspiration for the mission of the Silver Starlites remains today. As well as being a nationally recognized team, the Silver Starlites have also excelled in solo baton twirling with many members winning State, Regional, National, and World titles.
Most recently, the Silver Starlites attended the NBTA National Championships held at Notre Dame University in South Bend, IN. The team placed “Top 10” in 18 team events entered. The Silver Starlites Advanced Junior Small Team also qualified for the Grand Team Finals and placed “Top 5” in the Nation. In 2011, the team achieved World Championship status by winning the Tiny Tot Large Dance Twirl Division and in 2014 won the Tiny Tot Small and Large Dance Twirl Division. Team member, Annamarie Leske, won the Silver Medal in the 2015 World Championship in Lignano, Italy.