Evelyn Pelton was born in Clermont and is a life long resident of Florida. Evelyn grew up in Sumter County and graduated from South Sumter High School in 1985. Evelyn began twirling in middle school as a South Sumter Middle School Majorette and she continued twirling throughout her high school years also as a Majorette. Evelyn served as an assistant twirling coach for four years before she began her own twirling business, the Tri-City Dance Twirlers, in 2000.
Evelyn began teaching at Lake Sumter Community College's Kids' College Program 18 years ago. Since then, she started coaching at a few local schools and her business has been growing ever since. She currently has a studio in Tavares and offers instruction at several locations throughout Lake County. Evelyn has a passion for twirling and an unwavering commitment to the students that she teaches. Evelyn offers instruction for entry-level beginners to its most advance competitive teams. Evelyn's students have competed in teams and individually in several twirling associations to include USTA, TU, NBTA, and DMA where they have won various local, state, national and international titles. Plus, Evelyn has judged many twirling events. Additionally, Evelyn's twirl team was invited to and performed at the 2011 Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta. The twirlers got to perform in front of a sold-out stadium of 60,000 people!
Evelyn is married to her wonderful husband David and has three children Kaylee, Emily and Kristopher. When not in the studio, Evelyn enjoys spending time with her grandchildren.
Janette Watkins was born in Orlando, Florida. She moved to Leesburg at the age of 6 and began baton twirling right away. Janette loved the sport and started competing at the age of 12. Janette has twirled competitively at local, national, and international competitions. Janette went to Leesburg High School. She started helping with the Tri-City Dance Twirlers in 2003. Janette also teaches baton twirling at Lake Sumter Community College's Kids' College summer program. Janette started volunteering at Kids' College at the age of 14 and then received a teaching position at the age of 18. Janette recently received a bachelors degree from the University of Central Florida and is currently an elementary school teacher in the Lake County School system. Janette enjoys spending time with her family, husband Kevin, goldendoodle George, and friends. And of course, she loves being a part of the Tri-City family!
Emily Pelton was born in Leesburg, Florida. She is the daughter of Evelyn Pelton. She was brought along to practices in a stroller and eventually picked up her baton at the age of 5. She began competitive teams in the 5th grade and strived from then on! She won her international individual title "Miss Twirlmania 2011" against 40 other competitors. She also was active in pageantry and earned Miss Teen Florida United States. Her baton and pageant background interested her in graduating from cosmetology school in 2016. Emily started coaching private lessons and working with teams at the age of 14. She taught baton twirling at Lake Sumer State College's Kids' College. When Emily isn't twirling baton or doing hair and makeup she enjoys spending time with her family and loving on her dog Graham. She is our competition coach as well as hair and makeup artist for special events. Emily was born into Tri-City Dance Twirlers and wouldn't have it any other way!