Bowie Step Teams: Welcome

Welcome to the home of the Souljahs!!!!

The James Bowie High School Boys, Girls and Coed Step Teams  (Bowie Souljahs, Lady Souljahs, Cadets) under the direction of All-Star Head Coach Christopher Caldwell  and Lady Souljahs Coach Doris Morehead are renowned throughout the State of Texas for their complex choreography and high-energy performances.  

For the past 14 years, the Bowie Step Teams have been ranked among the elite throughout Texas and are usually considered the teams to beat. In 2012 "Lady Souljahs" electrified the crowd at the 2012 NSSA National Championship and the Lady Souljahs won first place for the second year in a row in the face of excellent competitors. The Ladies placed second at the 2013 National Championship and the Boys won the District Championship and placed second at the State Championship. This brings a total of 10 District Championships, 8 State Championships and 2 National Championship to the Bowie Step Teams in the last nine years.  This makes the Bowie Step Team program the most succesful program in the State of Texas. 


 The Supreme Commander (Colonel) for the teams is Bryce Fergurson. The Lady Souljahs will be coached by Master Coach Simmons and the Souljahs will be coached by Coach Caldwell. Assisting the Coaches with the Bowie Step Teams will be Master Coach Brandon Johnson and Keke Smith.

James Bowie High School 
Step Teams
2101 Highbank Dr
Arlington, TX  76018
coach@bowiesteppers.com


Tuesday, April 15
BOWIE SOULJAHS WIN NATIONALS 2014

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Over the weekend, the Bowie Souljahs competed in the NSSA National Championship in Wheeling, IL (Chicago).  The Souljahs performed a very funny version of the Wizard of OZ.  Several of the judges admitted that based on the teams initial appearance (team was in character-Dorothy, Tinman, Lion and Scarecrow) they had underestimated them.  Judge 9 said "Coach Caldwell I have never seen a boys team do that.  You guys had my attention the entire time.  I was totally engrossed in the performance and your precision was unbelievable."  The Souljahs intially started performing to a COLD reception from the crowd and now we know the judges were cold as well.  However, as the team continued with their routine, everyone warmed up and the Souljahs finished with a standing ovation and 1st Place in the Boys Division.  Congratulations to the Bowie Souljahs!!

Thursday, March 27
Bowie Souljahs Turn Things up a Navarro

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On Wednesday, March 26, 2014, the Bowie Souljahs competed in the Battle of the Steppers Competition at Navarro College in Corsicana, TX.  The Souljahs put on their absolute best performance of the year.  The crowd was completely turned up by the Souljahs performance.  At one point, the crowd had become so elated during the team's performance that the judges had to cover their ears.  It was a performance to remember.  The Souljahs receive first place and a cash prize.  Congrats.

 

 



Sunday, February 16
Souljahs Place 2nd at District Championship

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The Bowie Souljahs placed 2nd at the District Championship on February 15, 2014.

Wednesday, December 18
Lady Souljahs 3rd Place at Ma'at Step Show

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On December 14, 2013 the Bowie Step Teams competed in the Ma'at "Step or Get Stepped on" Step Show.  The Lady Souljahs performed notably with a 3rd place showing.  However, the Bowie Souljahs once again regulated the competition and received 1st place.  Congrats to the Bowie Step Teams.

Wednesday, December 18
Winter Break Practice

Step Team practice for the Winter Break will be held on December 28 through January 4.  

12PM-3PM

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Tuesday, October 1
Pay Step Team Dues

Step Team Dues


Stompzilla 2013
Monday, November 18
BOWIE SOULJAHS CRUSH THE COMPETITION AT STOMPZILLA

On Saturday, November 16, 2013, the Bowie Souljahs competed in the 7th Annual Stompzilla Step Competition at Garland High School.  The Souljahs sat and watched the competition---one team after another.  Since the Souljahs were the 11th team to perform, they had the opportunity to watch a lot of really good teams perform.  However in the end, the Souljahs rallied together and performed a routine that can best be described as "chilling."  Mr. Caldwell said "OMG, I haven't seen the boys perform like this in years.  I can see now that they are determined to win the National Championship."

On December 7, the Souljahs will have to face another battle at Rowlett High School.  Congratulations! and Good luck! 



Tuesday, November 5
Souljahs Placed 2nd at AASO Competition

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On Saturday, November 2, 2013 the African American Student Organization at TCC hosted their 2nd Annual Step Show. The competition was filled with teams wanting to use this as a pre-season performance to work out problems with their show routines. The Bowie Souljahs placed 2nd in the competition but will need to work on several key elements of their performance in order to win the State Competition this year.

Saturday, October 26
Bowie Step Teams Attend TSTA Fall Step Camp

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Thursday, September 19
Congratulations to Our New Team Members

Congratulations to the following students who scored high enough to earn a spot on the Bowie Step Teams.

Laurin Williams 
Vanessa Reyes
Tkira Mason
Laurin Butler
Ireti Olagoroye
Jewel Askie
Khristien Norvell
Kearra Porter
Folake Odunsi
Quentin Yancy
Chris French 
 

A parent meeting is scheduled for October 2, 2013 at 7PM. 

 



Friday, September 13
NO PRACTICE Monday, September 16, 2013

The Step Teams will not practice on Monday, September 16, 2013.  Please let your team mates know.  Do not come to my room after school

Thursday, September 5
2013-2014 Step Team Tryouts

Tryouts for the Bowie Boys and Girls Step Teams will be held in the school's cafeteria from 3PM until 4:45PM beginning Monday, September 9, thru Thursday, September 12, 2013.  Please see Mr. Caldwell in room 611 for details.

Saturday, July 27
SUMMER PRACTICE DATES

Summer Practice will begin on August 19, 2013 at 3PM in the Cafeteria.

Tuesday, April 23
A Solid Second Place

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The Lady Souljahs competed at the Music City Step Fest in Nashville, TN (National Championship) against teams from across the nation. The Lady Souljahs put on a fabulous show and wowed the crowd with their high energy routines. However, in the end the Lady Souljahs were 1st runner ups. This was a painful loss because the ladies lost by one point. This was the Lady Souljahs 3rd Appearance at the National Championship and it was their first loss.  The Lady Souljahs also won second place in the Texas Step Team Association's State Championship held in Houston, TX.  Congratulatons to the Lady Souljahs.

Tuesday, February 19
SOULJAHS WIN DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP

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On Saturday, February 16, 2013 at Hutchenson Junior High School, the Bowie Souljahs competed in the District Championship. The Souljahs were ranked second going into the competition but dazzled with the crowd with their high energy performance and precision stepping and swept the competition off its feet and won first place. The Bowie Souljahs will now advance to the State and National Championships. The State Championship is April 6, 2013 in Houston, TX and the National Championship is March 16, 2013 in Nashville, TN. This will be their first trip to Nationals and their 6th trip to State. The Team currently holds 4 State Titles.

Tuesday, February 19
OPEN STEP PROGRAM AT BOWIE

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Through Century 21 a new program for Bowie students is being offered. Open Step--this program will allow students to learn some of the best step routines in the Nation. The program will be offered from Tuesday through Thursday at 3:15pm until 4:15pm. in the cafeteria or the 600 cross hall. Students will be taught by the Bowie Souljahs and Lady Souljahs step team members. There is no fee and students are not required to join the Step Team. However, students will be required to exit the building immediately after the Open Step Sessions. Stop by after school and see Mr. Caldwell in room 611 for more details.

Monday, January 21
BOWIE SOULJAHS WIN ARLINGTON MLK SHOW AND TRIMBLE TECH SHOW

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The auditorium at Arlington High School can seat 1,200 people. On Saturday you would have been lucky to find a place to stand. Supporters packed the place to watch as some 28 step teams from across the Arlington school district shook, shivered, shimmied and strutted their stuff in a spirited competition that's part of the city's annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. The Bowie Souljahs, a state powerhouse, won first place in the high school category Superintendent Marcelo Cavazos was on hand to watch it all, and he noted the value of the extracurricular activity. "This is a way for students to stay engaged at school in a different way," he said. "It lets them demonstrate their talents, and it brings the entire community together from schools across the district."

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/01/21/4563201/arlington-students-show-talents.html#storylink=cpy

On Saturday, January 19, 2013 the Bowie Souljahs also competed in the Trimble Tech High School Step Show. The Souljahs wowed the crowd and won firsst place as well.  



Friday, December 14
TEAMS COMPLETE SOCK DRIVE

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Hannah's Socks is a non-profit organization focused on providing clothing necessities to the less fortunate. Hannah's Socks collects donated materials in the form of men's, women's and children's socks and undergarments, then leverages partnerships with local shelters for distribution to both the homeless and to victims of domestic violence. In addition, they support programs serving under-privileged children. Hannah's Socks firmly believes that in a country as prosperous as the United States, no man, woman or child should want for something as basic as a warm pair of socks.

Michael Seaton, a former member of the Boys Step Team (2009-10) also shared the vision and goals of the non-profit organization. He developed a plan for the Step Teams to help out Hannah's Socks by placing boxes throughout Bowie High School. The sock drive officially ended on December 12, 2012. Prior to Wednesday December 12, the sock drive had resulted in only 8 pairs of socks being collected. However, thanks to Bowie's Project Soar Coordinator, Mrs. Jackson, who through Project Soar donated 258 pairs of socks to the Step Team's Sock Drive--the teams managed to come out on top.



Wednesday, December 5
Arlington East Step Show

The Arlington East Step Show will be held at Bowie High School on December 15, 2012 at 5:30PM in the Auditorium.  Tickets are $5 pre-sale and $10 at the door.
preview Bowie Show 2012 AD by Mr. Caldwell

Monday, December 3
SOULJAHS WIN GRAND CHAMPION AT ROWLETT

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On Saturday, December 1, 2012 the Bowie Souljahs Step Team competed in the Rowlett High School Step Invitational. The Souljahs performed their infamous Boys Scouts comedy and precision routine which propelled them to the top to win the Grand Champion Award (highest score of all teams boys, girls and coed) and a $500 Cash prize.

Monday, November 19
Bowie Souljahs Make a Dramatic Return to the Stage.

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On Saturday, November 17, 2012 the Bowie Souljahs openend the season at the 6th Annual Garland Step Show. This was a very important show as the Souljahs had not competed in over a year and a half.  The team consists of brand new members who have never stepped for the Souljahs before.  Mr. Caldwell stated that he had never experienced this and didn't know what to think.  "I have always had guys carryover to the next year but this year I didn't have that because we didn't have a boys team last year.  It was a real learning experience working with a brand new team."  The Souljahs really excited the crowd and the judges as well because they took 1st Place in the Boys division.  Congratulations to the Bowie Souljahs.

Thursday, August 30
2012 FALL TRYOUTS

Step Team tryouts will be held in the Cafeteria on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 through Friday, September 7, 2012 from 3:15PM until 4:45PM. Students wishing to tryout must wear athletic shoes and comfortable shorts. For more details see Mr. Caldwell in Room 611.

Tuesday, April 17
LADY SOULJAHS WIN NSSA NATIONAL TITLE 2ND YEAR IN A ROW

CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE ON TSTA WEBSITE

Tuesday, September 6
Pay Step Team Dues Here!



Sunday, May 22
NBC 5 Features National Championship Team-The Lady Souljahs

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Tuesday, May 17
LADY SOULJAHS IN THE NEWS

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO SEE THE ARTICLE ON THE LADY SOULJAHS

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Readers please keep in mind that some of the information is inaccurate but overall it is a good article.  I see how the celebrities feel when they are misquoted or misunderstood.



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Sunday, April 10
LADY SOULJAHS WIN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

On Saturday, April 9, 2011 at the Belmont University Curb Event Center in Nashville, TN; the Lady Souljahs of Bowie High School destroyed the hopes and dreams of teams from across the country. The California team is still in SHOCK. The Lady Souljahs who put together some of the best step routines that we have seen them do all year, seemed as though they were on fire.  It was one of the most intense performances  of the year.  The competing teams all dropped their heads as the Lady Souljahs ended their performance. The Lady Souljahs also used one of the most elaborate themes we have ever seen from a Bowie Step Team. Coach Morehead stated "We weren't going to use our good stuff at home. So we sacrificed a few shows in preparation for Nationals" It was one heck of a night as teams from across the country competed to become the supreme champion for the 2011-12 season. Coach Caldwell said that he was "elated by the victory" of the four time state championship team who can now add a National title to their belt.

Coaches Demond Halsey, and Josh Boone worked with the Lady Souljahs to prepare for this competition as well. They were all excited for the Lady Souljahs. Coaches Caldwell and Morehead  also wanted to acknowledge everyone in their camp that help the Lady Souljahs get to Nationals. They are as follows:

Asst Coach Darius Simmons-Show Development

Asst Coach Jonathan Nute-Precision Speacilist

Jamilah Redic, Team Commander

Christinay Richardson, Sub Commander

Demond Halsey, Training Coach

Josh Boone, Training Coach

We are also proud of two of our other member teams that traveled to Nashville as well, LD Bell (G Phi Smooth) and MacArthur High (MA'AT Steppers). They both placed second in their divisions. Congratulations to all our teams.



Friday, April 8
LADY SOULJAHS TRAVEL TO NATIONAL COMPETITION

The Lady Souljahs are currently in route to Nashville, TN to compete in the NSSA National Championship on April 9, 2011 at 6PM at Belmont University.  Good Luck to the Lady Souljahs.

Wednesday, March 9
BOWIE SOULJAHS 1ST PLACE AGAIN

On Saturday, March 5, 2011 the Martin High School Divas, Debonair Men and Diplomats hosted the 13th Annual Martin Step Extraganza. The competition was filled with just about every TSTA team in the DFW area. Many teams were in new divisions. Both Garland and Eastern Hills High Schools were in the coed division because the competition had a coed division. Most teams put on a great performance.  The Bowie Cadets did not place in this competition.

 The Bowie Souljahs destroyed all competition and won 1st place in their division and the Lady Souljahs were mesmerized by the Mesmerizing Ladies of LD Bell and received 2nd place.    Congratulations to our teams.

COED DIVISION

1st Place, Garland High School
2nd Place, Ma'At Steppers of MacArthur High School
3rd Place, Eastern Hills High School

Girls Division

1st Place, The Mesmerizing Ladies of LD BELL
2nd Place, The Lady Souljahs of Bowie High School
3rd Place, The Ladies of Rowlett High School

Boys Division

1st Place, The Bowie Souljahs
2nd Place, G Phi Smooth of LD Bell
3rd Place, North Crowley High


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Date Event Time Location
Sat 4/12 Step Teams NSSA National Championship 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Wheeling High School
Upcoming Events
Date Event Time Location
Tue 4/15 star Step Team Practice 3:00 PM - Apr 18, 2014 6:00 PM Bowie High School-Cafeteria
Thu 4/17 star Parent Meeting 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Bowie High School-Cafeteria
Mon 4/21 Step Team unknown Crouch Elementary STAAR Performance 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM TBA