Texas Dance and Step Association: Welcome

Welcome to the Texas Dance and Step Association

Welcome to the authority of Dance and Step in Texas, the Texas Dance and Step Association (TDSA) was organized in 2008 under the name Texas Step Team Association, Inc., also known nationwide as TSTA to promote the acceptance and provide structure for step teams in the State of Texas.

Our commitment to a national and state wide standard has been key to our growth. TDSA has member teams in most major metropolitan areas in the State of Texas. Through the TDSA’s judges and coaches education program, member teams are ranked among the top teams in the nation. TDSA also has the most comprehensive coaches, judges and student education program as compared to other state leagues and organizations.


The purpose of TDSA is to provide opportunities for personal and althletic growth. TDSA promotes sportmanship, self-esteem and the development of life skills through engaing youth in health and fitness activities while porvideing a safe, healthy, postive environment where youth can learn the fundamentals of Step and Dance.

Additionally the TDSA provides structure and consistency for students to perform in a safe, equitable and family-friendly atmosphere. TDSA aims to provide leadership and character building programs, enrichment clinics, local, regional, and national competitions carried out under rules that will protect participants from negligence.

TDSA has membership opportunities for individuals, teams and leagues. Contact us about becoming a member of TDSA.

TSTA’s goal is to provide uniformity in judging criteria, organization of competitions, and assistance to all participating teams, schools and stepping organizations in the State of Texas.


Here, you'll be able to get news, information, schedules, rosters, competition results, directions and much much more. Check back frequently for the latest information about our organization.

The Texas Step Team Association and the Texas Dance and Step Association are 501(C)3 companies organized to promote the Art of Dance and Step. 

Wednesday, June 20
TSTA-TDSA has a new website



This website is no longer being updated by the TSTA/TDSA.  Our current website can be found here.   This website is being kept active for historical data and other information that can be found within the pages.

Sunday, April 8
TDSA member teams sweep the StageBreakers Step Show

Lake Ridge Dynasty Steppers

Congratulations to the winners of the StageBreakers Step show.  All winning teams are TDSA member teams.

1st Place Boys

Distinguished Gentlemen, Lake Ridge High Schol

1st Place Girls

Dynasty Steppers, Lake Ridge High School

1st Place Coed

Ma'At Steppers, Desoto High School

3rd Place Coed

YT Steppers, LD Bell High School 

Sunday, March 25
TDSA Teams Sweeps NSA Nationals U19 Division

Lake Ridge Distinguished Gentlemen

Congratulations to our National Winners 

Bowie High School, Lady Souljahs

Desoto High School, Ma'at Steppers

Lake Ridge High School, Distinguished Gentlemen  

Monday, March 5
Congratulations to the Winners of SouthSide Step Show

Congratulations to the Winners of the SouthSide Show

Boys Division U19

1. MOD
2. Distinguished Gentlemen

Girls Division U19

1.  Lake Ridge Dynasty Steppers
2. Bowie Lady Souljahs 

 Coed Division U19

1. Ma'at Steppers
2.  YT Steppers
3. Synergy Steppers 

U12 Division

1. Lancaster Tigers 
2. Rankin Elementary

U14 Division

2. Powerhouse
3. Lovely Ladies 

Strut Battle 

1. Ma'at
2. Lancaster Tigers
3. Lake Ridge Distinguished Gents 

Lady Souljahs 2018
Monday, February 19
Desoto Ma'at Step Show Results

Congratulations to the Winners of the Desoto High School Step Competition (February 17, 2018)

Grand Champions

Lady Souljahs (Bowie High School)

U12/U14 Division

1st Place- Dallas Holmes Boyz

2nd Place-Lancaster Tigers (West Main Elementary School)

3rd Place-Powerhouse Steppers (Mary Lillard Elementary)

U19 Coed Division

1st Place-YT Steppers (LD Bell High School)

2nd Place-Theta Nu Sigma (Garland High School)

3rd Place-Raider Heat (North Garland High School)

U19 Boys Division

1st Place-Distinguished Gentlemen (Lake Ridge High School)

2nd Place-Dallas Holmes Boyz

U19 Girls Division

1st Place-Dynasty Steppers (Lake Ridge High School

2nd Place-Dallas Beautiez

3rd Place-Atomic Steppers

Click on the Albums link in the left margin and navigate to the last page of the Albums to see photos of the winners.


Thursday, February 8
NSA National Championship 2018


The 9th annual NSA Youth Division National Championship step show weekend will take place March 23-24th 2018 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Top elementary, middle high school and collegiate division step teams will compete for national bragging rights.

“Nationals” weekend is more than simply a step show event. Students will have the opportunity to take a college tour of Bethune–Cookman University along with visiting area cultural and entertainment venues. The championship step show will take place on Bethune Cookman‘s campus in the Performing Arts Center. Members of the BCU Greek community will serve as hosts for step teams visiting Daytona Beach and the University.

We encourage all teams to take advantage of the wealth of activities and opportunities to interact with other teams, coaches, leagues, and to participate in the non-competition offerings. The N.S.A. National Championships are so much more than just a step competition. We want our members and leagues to enjoy a weekend full of memories and experiences that transcend the art form itself.


Thursday, December 14
Lake Ridge Steppers to Host 1st Competition

It is the pleasure, on behalf of the Lake Ridge High Step Teams, to announce the FIRST EVER “Take The Throne” Step Competition on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2018, at Lake Ridge High School, 101 N Day Miar Rd, Mansfield, TX 76063. The Step Show will begin at 4:00pm, doors open at 3:00pm.

Team Registration will be from 11:00-1:00pm. Team rehearsals will be from 11:30-1:15pm. Teams arriving after 1:00pm will not be guaranteed stage or prep time. This year’s show will consist of various teams competing for cash prizes, trophies, & bragging rights. A nonrefundable fee of $100.00/ (TDSA) team or $125/ (Non-TDSA) team is required from all competing teams in order to compete.

This competition is a TDSA sanctioned show as well as a Regional Invitation for World of Step. Enclosed is a complete packet of registration details, feel free to pass this information on to other High School Step Teams/Youth Organizations as we seek to make this Step Show the most competitive competition this season! It is recommended that you respond as soon as possible. We are only accepting FIFTEEN (15) teams for our first year.



Sunday, February 12
Desoto High (Maat) Step Show

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)

Tuesday, November 21
Lake Ridge Dynasty Steppers

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

Thursday, May 21
TSTA Awards Banquet 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.

Monday, November 17
Ma'at Steppers of Desoto High School to Host Step Show


Thursday, June 19
TSTA Posts Position Vacancies

TSTA currently has the following volunteer positions available. Please contact Chris Caldwell, chris@tsta.us if you are interested in a position with TSTA.

1. TSTA Board of Directors

Two Positions are available.

2. Director of Membership

3. Executive Assistant

Click here to link to the Website 


Wednesday, April 30
TSTA Step Teams Win Big At Nationals

On Saturday, April 12, 2014 MSSL member teams competed in the Annual NSSA National Championship Competition. The competition was held in Wheeling, IL (Chicago) at Wheeling High School and featured teams from New York, Missouri, Georgia, North Carolina, Florida, Illinois, and Texas. MSSL is very excited to announce that our teams performed exceptitionally well in all divisions that we competed in.

Elementary Division U12

1st Place, Goodman Elementary-Arlington, TX (National Champs)

2nd Place (tie) Starret Elementary-Arlington, TX

2nd Place (tie) Martin Weiss Elementary-Dallas, TX

Girls-Middle/Junior High Division U14

1st Place, Barbara Bush Middle-Irving, TX (National Champs)

2nd Place, Missouri

3rd Place, AW Brown Academy-Dallas, TX

Boys/Coed-Middle/Junior High Division U14

1st Place, All Stars-Georgia (National Champs)

2nd Place, YMOV-Missouri

3rd Place, New Rochelle-New York

Girls-High School Division U19

?1st Place, Kunfuzion-Georgia (National Champs)

2nd Place, Rowlett High-Rowlett, TX

3rd Place, Platinum Steppers-Missouri

Coed-High School Division U19 ?

1st Place, Ma'at Steppers of Desoto-Desoto, TX (National Champs)

2nd Place, Crucial Step Clique- Illinois

3rd Place, Infinity-Missouri

Boys-High School Division U19

1st Place, Bowie Souljahs-Arlington, TX (National Champs)

2nd Place, GOV-Missouri

3rd Place, BMD-Georgia Congratulations!!!!

Thursday, February 20
MSSL Regional Championship Canceled

The MSSL Regional Championship has been canceled.  Please contact Randy Baggett for details regarding the show.

Monday, November 18
MSSL Regional Championship


Monday, November 18

Refined Lady Eagles (Texas)

Several of our member(Texas) teams competed in the 7th Annual Stompzilla Step Show in Garland, TX. on Saturday, November 16, 2013. Most of the teams performed exciting routines, including the Bowie Souljahs, who won grand champion.  However, it was the reigning Texas State Champions, the Refined Lady Eagles of Rowlett High School that showed that they are still number one.

The Refined Lady Eagles dissimated the competition with crisp precise routines and a beautiful team stunt for the finale.  It was a spectacular performance.  The MSSL would like congratulate our member teams that placed in the competition. 

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)

Nationals 2014
Monday, November 4
NSSA Championship Weekend 2014 - Heading to Chicago

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 a 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 emailcontactus@stepshow.org.

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Wednesday, October 30
Louisiana Step Team League to Host MSSL Regional Championship

On February 22, 2014 the Louisiana Step Team League will host the 1st Annual MSSL Regional Championship Step Show Competition.  Check back for more information as the LSTL finalizes the details.

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Sunday, October 20
Texas Step Team Association Hosts Fall Camp

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.  Full Article

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