Texas Dance and Step Association: TSTA/TDSA News

Wednesday, June 20
TSTA-TDSA has a new website
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This website is no longer being updated by the TSTA/TDSA.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
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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

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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
NSA 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
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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

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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)

Sunday, September 13
Mid-South Stepping League (Region 5)

The Mid-South Stepping League’s headquarters is located in the Metro Dallas area, with a five-member Executive Board comprised of State League Executives, coaches and community members.  In conjunction  with teams and Leagues from the States of Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas the Mid-South Stepping League gives  members and opportunity to compete throughout the NSSA's Region 5.  Futhermore, teams are given several opportunities to represent their state at the Mid-South Regional Championship held in Louisiana each year.

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

Tuesday, March 13
On Saturday, March 10, 2012 at the Belmont University Curb Event Center, the Lady Souljahs ofArlingotn ISD, G Phi Smooth from HEB ISD and MA'AT from Irving ISD destroyed the hopes and dreams of teams from across the country.  The TSTA teams who put together some of the best step routines that we have seen them do all year, seemed as though they were hypnotized with the intent to destroy everything in sight. They also used creative themes.  Coach Morehead stated "All I know is that LD Bell (G Phi Smooth) gave me chills." It was one heck of a night as teams from across the country competed to become the supreme champion for the 2011-12 season.  Chris Caldwell, TSTA President said that he was "elated by the victory" of the Texas teams when he received word of the Texas Sweep.  Mr. Caldwell had to accompany a stepper to the hospital after she fainted right after the Lady Souljahs performance.  The Lady Souljahs are the first team in the State of Texas to win the NSSA's National Championship and this is their second title. 

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. Coach Halsey, who put in numerous hours with the team was especially excited because the team had only 4 weeks to prepare for this competition. Coach Caldwell also wanted to acknowledge everyone in his camp that helped the Lady Souljahs win Nationals. They are as follows:

Darius Simmons-Asst Coach 

Ardran Robinson, Sam Houston Coach 

Doris Morehead, Seguin and Bowie Coach

Demond Halsey, Lamar Coach

Josh Boone, TSTA Assist Director of Training 

Bryce Fergurson, Executive Assistant to TSTA President

Desiree Griggs, Lady Souljahs Manager

Michelle Wilmoth, Bowie Principal

Jeff Provence, Lamar Principal

Beverly McReynolds, Sam Houston Principal

O J Kemp, AISD Athletic Director

Jimmy Walker, AISD Asst Superintendent

Jerry McCulloug, AISD Superintendent

In the LD Bell (G Phi Smooth) camp is was no real surprise that they won because they have been unstoppable all year.  Their only defeat came at hands of the Stomp Wars judges on March 3, 2012.  This was not a surprise either (see article below).  Coach Tim McDaniel was also elated about the performance of his team and the Texas Teams.  Coach McDaniel would also like to thank the team of coaches who worked countless hours to help his team achieve this victory:

Awais Ahmed, Asst Coach

Sean Price, Asst Coach

Kevin Mitchell, Asst Coach

Terrique Handy, Asst Coach

Regina Starks, Booster Club President

Needless to say, Coach Monique Booker, MA'AT Steppers was also overjoyed.  She is probably the most animated of all the coaches in TSTA.  She was totally engrossed in the winning moment.  She said that after last year's 1st runner up placing, she knew exactly what to do.  Obviously, she did because she pulled out all the stops; including a very creative cup routine.  It was a great performance. Coach Mo would also like to thank her team who assisted in acheiving this victory

Quintavious Griffin, Asst Coach

Angela Lewis, Parent Supporter/Assistant

Ms. Sindy, Parent Supporter

Saturday, March 10
Lamar Lieutenants

The Stomp Wars Competition is probably the most controversial show of the year in terms of judging.  This year was no exception.  Although, our TSTA teams placed first through third in various divisions, there was still the dark cloud over the results because of the type of score card used and the lack of professional training received by the judges.  It is no secret to anyone in Texas that the TSTA has the most comprehensive judges training in the nation.  It is even more comprehensive than our national organization NSSA, yet the Stomp Wars judges have not received training from either organization.

However, on another note, the Teen Summit was excellent.  Most coaches/sponsors were very pleased with the way this was put together and the obvious benefits to the students.  This is a very valuable component of the Stomp Wars program.  TSTA would like to congratulate the Stomp Wars Group on a great show and summit.  TSTA would also like to congratulate all of the winners and those that participated in the competition.

Saturday, May 21

National 2

Monday, April 4
The National Stepping Bee, the National Championship for the 14U category was one of the best 14U competitions ever held in the State of Texas.  Teams from Texas, Missouri and Georgia put together some of the most visually stunning themes and routines that we have seen at this age group.  However, in the end our Texas teams prevailed.  The Alpha Owls in the boys division stepped away with the first place trophy and the MoorUneque Steppers  in the girls division.  This was truly an awesome competition. We are very proud of our Texas teams.  Congratulations to all the teams that competed.

Saturday, July 30
Louisiana Step Team League takes NSSA's League of the Year and Coach of the Year Awards
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Louisiana wins League of the Year and Coach of the Year Award 


Kaydra Ellis (LA), High School Division Coach of the Year.

Randy Baggett, Jr, President, Louisiana Step Team League, League of the Year.

Brandy Johnson (MO), Middle School Division Coach of the Year.

Thursday, August 5

NSSA Host 2nd Annual Stepping Conference 

(Nashville, TN) The NSSA held its 2nd annual Stepping Conference in July. People from across the nation came to Nashville for the conference. The conference provided the opportunity for NSSA members and supporters to share ideas from within the “stepping community” as well as plan for the upcoming 2010-2011 step season, which begins in September. The conference also discussed involvement with college stepping activities, as the NSSA has been approached for judge training and event support by college students and administrators over the past years.

At the conference the 3rd annual NSSA awards were presented. The Texas Step Team Association (TSTA) was recognized with the inaugural 2009-2010 Youth Step League of the Year Award. Kevia Shepard, coach of the Upper County Steppers (Maryland) was recognized as the 2009-2010 Coach of the Year. Members of the Texas league received their award in Nashville, while Ms. Shepard, who could not attend, will be recognized with a presentation in September.

“The actions of the awardees really demonstrate what the NSSA supports at the youth level,” said Rowland Yancey, the NSSA Board Chair, “stepping is a unique way to keep kids physically active and focused on academics. Across the country there are many leagues and individuals that are doing great work with young people.”

Chris Caldwell, TSTA member stated “ this was my first time attending the conference and I can’t begin to tell you how informative the conference was. We were able to meet like minded coaches who we were able to share ideas and strategies with. Additionally, the League of the Year Award was very gratifying for us because we have worked very hard in organizing our State and setting state wide standards that are aligned with the NSSA.

The NSSA will host the annual Youth Stepping Championships in April 2011. The High School Division championship will be held in Nashville and the Middle School Division championship will be held in Dallas.

The National Step Show Alliance is a 501(c )3 non-profit organization, founded in 2005. The NSSA’s mission is to grow the awareness and appreciation of the stepping artform.

For more information visit www.stepshow.org Contact Keith Belton (615) 478-9744


Wednesday, September 15

Over the Labor Day weekend, two of our board members, Chris Caldwell and Lakendra Smalley, traveled to Orlando, FL to conduct a Steppers Workshop and Judge the Annual Disney Step Classic.  Caldwell and Smalley were invited to the Disney Step Classic along with 14 other NSSA members from across the country.  I spoke with Mr. Caldwell and Ms. Smalley about their experiences.

Mr. Caldwell stated "I thought is was an honor to be invited to judge such an event.  My teams did not compete so it was the perfect time for me to attend.  It was a great experience.  I learned a lot especially about how to run an effective competition. I also got to put my Certified Judge credentials to use.  I am now more convinced than ever that the judges certification process must remain a  crucial part of TSTA as we move forward.  All of the Disney judges were certified and I could really see the benefits of this process.  All in all, it was a great competition and congratulations to the winners."

 Ms. Smalley said "I was very excited about going to Orlando to assist with the competition and the workshops.  Chris and I really showed the rest of the country how things are done in Texas. I really enjoyed conducting the workshop and judging the competition.  I taught a step routine that I haven't used in a long time and the kids really enjoyed it.  Many of the things that I learned were very beneficial and I plan to put the knowledge to good use. Additionally, we were treated extremely well by the Disney and NSSA staff.  I am really excited about the partnership between NSSA and TSTA.  So far it has proven to be very positive.

Ms. Smalley will be sharing additional information about the Disney Step Classic, the National Stepping Workshop and other Summer events at tonight's TSTA General Meeting.

Thursday, March 1
Disney Step Classic 2012

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