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My name is Johnni (Yearick) Zabka, I am the owner of Spirit Corner LLC.
I have been involved in baton twirling (NBTA), dance, gymnastics, and color guard most of my life. As a twirling competitor I won numerous awards at the State & National Level. As a captain, coach, & instructor I have led baton twirling teams and color guard teams to championships at the State, Regional & National level. I have also instructed at baton camps since the age of 16. I attended Eastern Illinois University where I was the feature twirler from 1986-1990.
Upon graduation from EIU, I was able to start and established the Elite Baton Twirling Team of St. Charles, IL (with the St. Charles Park District). It was a wonderful experience! We traveled to local contests together, as well a State, Regionals, and Nationals. Cheering for each other as we competed. Earning top 10 medals and 1st places at Nationals was very rewarding!
I stepped back from teaching at the Park District when I began coaching the St. Charles East Color Guard full time in 1996.
During my years as head coach at STCE the Colorguard won State Championships with IDTA, Illinois Drill Team Association, from 2002-2010. IDTA recognized this accomplishment with my induction into the IDTA Hall of Fame in March 2010, the same year I "retired" from full time coaching. I continued to choreograph for teams. And in 2011 was asked to be the color guard instructor at West Aurora HS. I accepted the position, and have been there ever since.
I am currently available to judge NBTA contests, and for choreography. For group baton twirling classes with me visit The Attic Christian Arts Center for more info.
For private baton twirling lessons or choreography please fill out the form on the Contact Us page.