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Lake Ridge Dynasty Steppers (Featured on NBC5)
by Master Admin posted 11/16/2017


NEWS BROADCAST

They've placed first in every competition they've been a part of in North Texas and now, a group of young ladies from Mansfield say they have what it takes to make it to the national competition.

They call themselves the Lake Ridge High School "Dynasty Step Team." These 43 young ladies without a doubt demand your attention when they're on stage during their powerful step routines. And for the past two years, at every local competition, they have come out on top.

The team says they are surprised by their success and now they want to go up against some of the best step teams in the country.

"We feel like we've conquered the DFW area, and you know, we want to compete against the other teams up north, we want to compete against teams in Atlanta, North Carolina, New York, St. Louis, everybody," said Dynasty Step Team coach, Kerry Wright.

"It's going to take a lot of hard practice outside of school, it's going to take determination. We have to be willing to try new things and be humble. Because it gets frustrating, but as long as we have each other and we stick together, then we can make it to nationals again," Dynasty member Oliva Thompson said.

So the team was invited to go to the national competition last year in Memphis, but could not raise enough money to go.

The competition is in Daytona Beach, Florida, in March. Some of the best in the country will compete for the national title, and a grand prize.

If you'd like to help send these young ladies to the national competition, checks may be made payable to:

Lake Ridge HS Dynasty Step Team
101 North Day Miar Road
Mansfield, TX 76063

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Maat Step Show (Desoto)
by posted 02/12/2017


Grand Champions, Theta Nu Sigma

Congratulations to the Winners of the Desoto High School (Ma'at Steppers) Step Show

Grand Champions

Theta Nu Sigma (Garland ISD)

Boys/Coed Division U19

1st Place

Men of Distinction MOD (Houston ISD)

2nd Place

Sachse Steppers (Garland ISD)

3rd Place

Bowie Coed Steppers (Arlington ISD)

Girls Division

1st Place

Dynasty Steppers (Mansfield ISD)

2nd Place

Mesmerizing Ladies (HEB ISD)

 

U12/U14 Division

1st Place

Anderson Gators (Arlington ISD)

2nd Place

Lovely Ladies (AW Brown Academy)

3rd Place

Southside Steppers (Dallas ISD)

 

Strut Battle U19 Winner

Dynasty Steppers (Mansfield ISD)

Strut Battle U12/U14 Winner

OJH Divas (Arlington ISD)

 

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HYPE Step Show 2017
by posted 02/06/2017

Congratulations to the Winners of the HYPE Step Show.

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Arlington MLK Step Show 2017
by posted 01/17/2017


During the MLK Holiday weekend, the Arlington ISD celebrated MLK's legacy with a host of events including a step show at James Bowie High School in Arlington.  Six of our member teams participated in the competition and had outstanding performances.  Congratulations to all of you!

 

NBC 5 News Video Link

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NSA Sponsors National Step Day
by posted 09/01/2016


The National Stepping Association (NSA) will sponsor the inaugural "National Stepping Day" (NSD) on Saturday, October 8th. Step teams and individuals from across the nation are encouraged to participate in the event.


"Our aim with National Stepping Day is to bring awareness to the stepping art form," stated Marquez Jones, a high school step team coach in Atlanta. "We want people to show us their best stepping renditions."


To participate in National Stepping Day visit the NSD website (www.nationalsteppingday.org) for more information and to view the NSD Challenge routine video. Teams or individuals should then integrate of the NSD step into their 30 second performance.  The challenge video will be uploaded to the NSD website by September 9th, so be ready.

 

Your performance video should be uploaded on or before Tuesday, October 4th at midnight. The NSA will recognize the most creative step submission as well as the team and individual competitors that receive the most votes.  

 

If you have questions about the day or the competition please contact us at


National Stepping Day will be celebrated each year the second Saturday in October.

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HYPE 5k Challenge and Playday 2016
by posted 08/20/2016


Greetings TDSA Family,

 

I want to be the first to welcome you back to another exciting season of Dance and Step.  As most of you know, we have incorporated Dance into our competition model; thus bringing a new dynamic to our competition events.  We will have our annual opening meeting in September and our first TDSA event (HYPE 5k Challenge and Playday) September 24, 2016. 

In an effort to align our requirements with our national and other state leagues, we have adapted the Point System for TDSA. The HYPE 5K Challenge and Playday will count as a total of 3 points.  The point system will be explained at the September meeting and in the membership handbook addendum that will be distributed during the September meeting. A registration link for the 5K Challenge and Playday is included below.
 
Register 5K Challenge and Playday

 

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NAACP Hometown Champion
by posted 02/01/2016


Congrats to LaKendra Anderson, TSTA President, winner of the 2016 Radio One Dallas Hometown Champion award. Anderson receives $1,000 and a trip to the 2016 NAACP Image Awards

 

As a dynamic and compassionate facilitator, LaKendra Anderson has spent more than 10 years building a network of businesses that help girls, women, boys and their families reach their greatest potential. Her networking competencies thrive from her four main platforms of connecting with girls, women, and whole families: H.Y.P.E Kidz Nation Inc., Your Sistah-Girl Coaching Practice, The Texas Step Team Association, and The Life Coach Training Institute.

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National Championship 2016
by posted 11/10/2015


Beginning April 7-9, 2016 the NSA will hold its Annual National Stepping Championship in Memphis, TN, the BBQ capital of the South. Details regarding the competition including Hotel information (all championship participants are required to stay at the host hotel) will be made available within a few weeks. Since there are so many things to do in Memphis, it doesn't hurt to start planning your trip now.

Memphis is best known as one of a handful of pinnacles of barbecue. Memphis in May, one of the largest and most vibrant festivals in the South, is host to the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, widely known as the largest competition of its kind in the world, and affectionately called the Superbowl of Swine by barbecue fans.

While in Memphis dont miss out on the opportunity to visit the National Civil Rights Museum, located adjacent to the landmark Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, it is an emotionally haunting and riveting experience. The Stax Museum of American Soul Music is a must-visit that brings the city's lesser-known story of soul music and the 'Memphis Sound' alive. Finally, The National Ornamental Metal Museum traces the history of decorative metal in the US - so very prevalent in the South - through the country's history, with historic exhibits and live demonstrations. It also boasts one of the best gift shops in the city.

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TSTA Steppers Camp 2015-16
by posted 10/27/2015


Precision Session (Desoto)

On Saturday, October 24, 2015, the TSTA held its first Minor League Step Camp at Desoto High School in Desoto, TX.  The Steppers Camp was specificially designed for new teams and teams that do not have many resources.  Teams from across the metroplex attended the 4 hour camp.  Topics covered at the camp included:  Precision and Synchronization, Complexity and Difficulty, Creativity, Transitions and Formations.

 The TSTA Steppers Camp experience immersed Steppers in hands-on activities that provided step-masters, team captains and coaches with the building blocks to develop more complex routines.  Steppers were given the opportunity to develop complex/difficult routines during the Complexity and Difficulty session and steppers also learned how to write themes that will enhance their competition performance.

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Leadership Transition
by posted 07/15/2015


On Saturday, July 11, 2015, the TSTA Board Members met to install new board members and appoint new directors to the organization.  The Board also looked at the Organization's Strategic Plan and modified several components of the plan.  The board tabled the discussion regarding expansion due to time restraints.  Later a general meeting of all members was held to discuss the NSA Conference and proposed changes for the upcoming season.

The following represents the TSTA Board members and their positions.

  1. Harold Cornwell, Board Chairman/President
  2. Marvin Mitchell, Vice Chairman
  3. Vernetta Burkhalter, Secretary
  4. Lakendra Anderson, Treasurer
  5. Demond Halsey, Member

 

Executive appointments by the Board of Directors

  1. Lakendra Anderson, President/Executive Director
  2. LaDacher Jackson, Director of Training & Development
  3. Denise Rose, Asst Director of Training & Development
  4. Ajuanya Choice, Director of Membership
  5. Monique Booker, Asst Director of Membership
  6. Ashley Facarrazo, Director of Events
  7. Marvin Mitchell, Events Coordinator
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2015 Awards Banquet
by posted 05/18/2015


On Sunday, May 17, 2015 the Texas Step Team Association held its annual Awards Recognition Banquet where over 500 awards were given to students, coaches, schools, TSTA board members and executives who were recognized for high achievement during the 2014-15 stepping season.

Brooklyn Garrett, from Beckham Elementary (AISD), Brittany Given from Barbara Bush Middle School, (Carrollton Farmers Branch ISD)  and Charlene Marvive, from LD Bell High School, (HEB ISD)won Academic Steppers of the Year U12, U14 and U19 respectively.

Sarai Gaucin from Thornton Elementary (AISD), Trinity Wells, from Oulsey Junior High and Kalen McFadden from LD Bell High School, (HEB ISD) won Stepper of the Year U12, U14 and U19 respectively.

The coaching staff of Goodman Elementary, Barbara Bush Middle School and Bowie High School were awarded Coach of the Year U12, U14, U19.

Demond Halsey, TSTA Director of Training and Development won the Executive of the Year Award.

The Most Improved Team Award went to Anderson Elementary, (AISD), John Horn High School, (Mesquite ISD) and Beckham Elementary (AISD).

Martin Weiss Elementary, (Dallas ISD), Barbara Bush Middle School, Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD) and Rowlett High School, (Garland ISD) won the Theme of the Year Award.

The Most Outstanding Team Awards were awarded to The HYPE Divas, (Addison, TX), Barbara Bush Middle School, (Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD), Goodman Elementary, (AISD), Martin Weiss Elementary, (Dallas ISD), LD Bell High School, (HEB ISD) and Bowie High School, (AISD).

The Member Service Award was awarded to over 200 steppers, coaches, board members and executives.

Chris Caldwell, Demond Halsey and Lisa Yanigida were recognized for their contributions to the Texas Step Team Association and the Art of Stepping.

Garland ISD was awarded School District of the Year.

The District, State and National Winners were also recognized with individual awards for each member for their outstanding achievement.

 

PHOTO ALBUM

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Desoto Step Show Winners
by posted 01/25/2015

Congratulations to the Winners of the Desoto High School Step Show Competition!!

Boys/Coed

1st Place-Bowie Souljahs

2nd Place-G-PHi-Smooth, LD Bell High

3rd, Sacshe High School

 

Girls

1st Place-Mesmerizing Ladies-LD Bell High

2nd Place-Lady Souljahs, Bowie

3rd Place-Refined Lady Eagles, Rowlett High

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2015 National Championship
by posted 12/31/2014


The 9th annual NSA Youth Division National Championship will be held the weekend of April 16, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Included in the weekend are the welcome reception, campus tour of Bethune Cookman University, and of course the National Championship Step Show.

In April 2014, over 30 teams from across the country participated in the NSA National, we anticipate a larger number of high school and middle school division teams participating in Daytona.

For more information about the championship weekend go to www.nsastepevents.com

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TSTA Hosts Judging Workshop
by posted 11/09/2014


TSTA Judges

Each year the Texas Step Team Association hosts a judging workshop for anyone who wants to judge at competitions during the current season.  On Saturday, November 8, 2014 the Texas Step Team Association hosted its annual judging workshop for TSTA judges at Lake Highlands High School.  These individuals have agreed to  judge the TSTA competitions throughout the 2014-15 stepping season.  Demond Halsey, TSTA Director of Training and Development detailed the changes that have been made to the scoring process for the 2014-15 season.  Brandon Johnson stated "I was thinking about not coming but I am glad I did.  Not only will I be eligible for the certification but I know exactly what to look for this season because so much has changed." Once judges have had the training they can become certified by judging 4 competitions. Certified judges are then eligible to judge at national competitions.

"This workshop gets better ever year. I feel more prepared than I did in the past years." stated Monica Smith.  Halsey, who is also the Asst Director of Training and Development for the National Stepping Association said that the Silo Scoring system was pioneered by TSTA several years ago, and it has now been adopted by the NSA and is being used by stepping leagues across the country.  Halsey stated that he chaired a national committee that revamped the TSTA score card so that it would be applicable to different stepping styles and elements across the country.  It is the most comprehensive score card in the country.  During the workshop 36 individuals were trained as judges for the 2014-15 stepping season.

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TSTA Annual Awards Ceremony
by posted 06/06/2014


Academic Stepper of the Year

Each year the TSTA celebrates its members with an Awards Ceremony. TSTA is the only league to host such an event. The Awards Ceremony was held at Bowie High School on Saturday, May 31, 2014. O.J. Kemp, Arlington ISD Athlethic Director was the special guest.  TSTA opted to use a voting system to determine the winners of various categories with the exception of Academic Stepper of the Year. Each TSTA team was allowed one vote per category.

In addition to the established awards TSTA also recognized the NSSA Texas National Winners.  Congratulations to our winners!!

Theme of the Year Award Winners

Starrett Elementary U12

Barbara Bush-Top Notch U14

Ma’at of Desoto High U19

Stepper of the Year U19 Winner

Devin Gaut- Bowie High

Stepper of the Year U14 Winner

Essence Parker, AW Brown

Stepper of the Year U12 Winner

Mya Thomas, Weiss Elementary

Outstanding Team Winners

Ma’at of Desoto High-Undefeated Season and National Champions

Martin Weiss Elementary

Barbara Bush Middle School-State and National Champions

Martin High School

G Phi Smooth-LD Bell High-State Champions

Bowie Souljahs-National Champions

Most Improved Team Winners

GES Steppers U12

AW Brown Lovely Ladiz U14

Garland High School U19

The highest honor that TSTA presents to a student is Academic Stepper of the Year.  The following students received the Academic Stepper of the Year.

Academic Stepper of the Year U12

Inez Wiltz- Beckham Elementary

Gabriel McDonald-HYPE Divas

Academic Stepper of the Year U14

Brittany Given-Barbara Bush Middle School

Academic Stepper of the Year U19

Kevin Wang, LD Bell High School

The coach of the year award is the highest honor that a coaching staff can receive. This year the Coaches Award went to the following teams.

Coaches” of the Year Award Winners

Audrian West-Martin Weiss Elementary U12

Winfred Dalcour-AW Brown Academy U14

Chris Caldwell, Darius Simmons, Brandon Johnson-Bowie High School U19

Executive of the Year

Demond Halsey, Director of Judging and Training

 

 

 

 

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League Championship U14
by posted 03/04/2014


Top Notch Steppers

This past Saturday, the Texas Step Team Association held is annual U14/12 League Championship.  Only 14 teams qualified to compete in the Championship.  It was a tough show for the judges.  As there was fierce competition in both Major (5A) and Minor (4A) leagues. 

In the 4A Division, the HYPE Divas dazzled the judges with complex stepping and received 1st Placee. Judge D. Simmons said "those girls had some very complex steps for such young girls." However, in the 5A division the Top Notch  Steppers of Barbara Bush overwhelmed the judges with the top package.  The Top Notch Steppers won in the Girls Division and they also received the highest score of any team.  Below are the winners:

Minor League (4A)
U12

1st Place. HYPE DIVAS-Dallas
2nd Place. Anderson Gators-Arlington

Minor League (4A)
U14

1st Place-Ousely Junior High-Arlington

Major League (5A)
U12
1st Place-Starrett Steppers-Arlington
2nd Place-Martin Weiss-Dallas

Major League (5A)
U14

1st Place-Barbara Bush Middle-Irving
2nd Place-AW Brown -Dallas

Congratulations to the Winners.

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Congratulations to StompZilla Winners
by posted 11/17/2013


The TSTA would like to congratulate the member teams that competed and placed in the StompZilla Step Show at Garland High School last night.  

Grand Champions

The Bowie Souljahs, Bowie High School (Arlington, TX)

1st Place Winners

BOYS/COED----G-Phi-Smooth, LD Bell High School (Hurst, TX)
GIRLS----Refined Lady Eagles, Rowlett High School (Rowlett, TX)

2nd Place Winners

GIRLS----The Mesmerizing Ladies, LD Bell High School (Hurst, TX)

3rd Place  Winners

BOYS/COED---Blu Psi Steppers, North Crowley High School (Crowley, TX)
GIRLS---The Lady Lieutenants, Lamar High School (Arlington, TX)


 
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NSSA Championship Weekend 2014 - Heading to Chicago
by posted 11/05/2013


 
The 8th annual NSSA championship weekend will take place in the Chicago suburb of Wheeling, Illinois the weekend of April 11th, 2014.  The event will be co-hosted by the Illinois Step League (ISL).

For the first time in 4 years, the U-14 and U-19 championship event will take place the same weekend in the same city.  Earlier this year U-14s nationals were held in St. Louis, while Nashville hosted the U-19s nationals.  Chicago will be the first city other than Nashville to host the high school division championship when held there in April.

“We are excited to host Nationals,” stated Victor Hicks, an ISL Board member and coach of a middle school team in Chicago.  “Along with a great competition we have tours for student participants of Northwestern University.  It should be an enjoyable weekend for the teams, coaches, and supporters.  We have already heard from teams in Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta, and New York City working hard to get to Chicago with step league-generated and at-large bids.”

More detailed information about the championship weekend will be available starting in early December.   To request more information email  .
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TSTA TEAMS PARTICIPATE IN OBESITY WALK
by posted 11/04/2013


On Saturday, November 2, 2013, several TSTA Member teams including Starrett Elementary, John Horn High School and other teams from across the DFW area participated in the H.Y.P.E Obesity Walk-a-Thon at Haltom High School.  This helped our member teams satisfy 3 of the 24 required community service hours.

The purpose of this walk was to educate and to raise awareness about childhood obesity, in the efforts to increase daily exercise and eating healthier. Aspire – Haltom High School has collaborated with Helping Youth Prepare for Excellence Incorporated (H.Y.P.E), Texas Step Team Association, and Whatever It Takes Catering and Event Planning to strengthen students’ awareness about Childhood Obesity. “H.Y.P.E Inc. is an official Advocate of the President’s Challenge Program, and Aspire- Haltom High School has joined them to promote healthy living through their Buff Fit Clubs. 
 
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TSTA HOSTS FALL CAMP
by posted 10/20/2013


Wellness Session

On Saturday, October 19, 2013, Arlington Lamar High School hosted the Texas Step Team Association’s 1st Annual Fall Step Camp.  This was the largest Step Camp ever held in the State of Texas. There were over 180 attendees and 15 teams from across the State that attended the camp.  The campers ranged from ages 5 to 17.  Demond Halsey, TSTA’s Director of Training & Judging Protocol, had been preparing for this camp for over 3 years.  He has been to several NSSA camps over the past 3 years as well as national competitions. Halsey said “I felt like we would be able to host a successful camp because of all the things that I had learned while helping with the National Camps that I have attended over the last few years. Lakisha Lias, sponsor at Irving Nimitz High School said “this camp was great. I loved it.”  Chris McCall, sponsor at Huntsville High School stated that he was very impressed by what he saw throughout the day.

During the camp, students learned the skills necessary to compete at the highest level.  Students attended 5 sessions and a leadership summit during the camp.  Monique Booker, Coach of MA ‘at Steppers of Desoto facilitated the session on Theme Writing.  She said “OMG they all had questions and they were really good questions and I answered every one of them.  We asked several students what they thought about the camp.  Janae H. (Bowie) stated that she thought the camp was going to be boring but it was a lot of fun and she learned a lot.  Frankie H. (Le Mieux) said “I had so much fun and I got to meet a lot of new people.”

After speaking with numerous steppers, parents and sponsors and getting their reaction about the camp, I asked Chris Caldwell, TSTA Board President what made the camp so successful. 

“From the start we have been committed to making everything we do in the organization about the kids and their needs. In particular, we made sure that the camp’s values and mission were congruent with our goal and then we looked to see if its activities matched both our goals and the stepper’s interests. You're looking for something educational but not simply an expansion of school. A day camp should be unique, with a wide range of activities that a stepper wouldn't otherwise have access to, it should get them up and moving and building new skills” says Caldwell.

Overall, it was a great camp.  Look for more exciting things to come from TSTA this season.

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