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TDSA Teams Sweeps Nationals 2018
by posted 03/25/2018

Texas sweeps the NSA U19 Division. Congrats to our 1st Place Winners. Bowie Lady Souljahs, Bowie High Ma'at Steppers, Desoto High Distinguished Gentlemen, Lake Ridge High #nsanationals #TDSA #tsta #nsastep #nsachampionship2018
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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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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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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.



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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!!


1st Place-Bowie Souljahs

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

3rd, Sacshe High School



1st Place-Mesmerizing Ladies-LD Bell High

2nd Place-Lady Souljahs, Bowie

3rd Place-Refined Lady Eagles, Rowlett High

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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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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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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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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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