Welcome to the home of champions where students push themselves to the limit on the mat, at the game, and in the classroom. We appreciate your interest and wish you luck while deciding on the best dance program and university for you!
Dance Team has been a part of the SFA Spirit landscape since 1984 and serves as one of the ambassadors for spirit and Lumberjack pride at SFA. Made up of two squads; the Pom Squad and Jack Attack, these students participate in Lumberjack football, volleyball and basketball games as well as compete at the NDA Collegiate National Championships. Like the teams that they support, the SFA Spirit creed is to work hard and be the best. Both are nationally ranked and competitive.
Each squad has 25-40 dancers, but teams to vary in size from year to year. The Pom Squad performs at all home football games and men's basketball games. There are also a few away football games that selected Pom Squad members will attend. Jack Attack performs at all home volleyball games and women's basketball. SFA Spirit Squad members are there for homecoming, in the battle for Chief Caddo, and in the community. They bleed purple and know that a victory may be up to them.
The SFA Dance Teams are not only a collection of some of the best dancers from all over the country that make up amazing teams, but it is also a collection of individuals that range from current team members to alumni, that consider the program like family. So if you are ready to be a part of something special, look at trying out for one of our teams.
If you have a video of you dancing (Pom, Jazz, Hip Hop, Leaps and Turns, etc.) send a link to firstname.lastname@example.org or you can mail a DVD to:
SFA Spirit Teams
Attn: T.J. Maple
P.O. Box 13021 - SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962
SIDE NOTE FOR POTENTIAL DANCE TEAM CANDIDATES
It may be in the best interest of potential dance team members to send in preliminary videos of skills so that the SFA Coaching Staff can provide feedback on the direction candidates should take, what areas to work on, and improvements that need to be made specifically before actual tryouts. These videos will not be judged as tryout videos.
BioOver the last sixteen years, T.J. Maple has been Choreographing and Coaching Dance teams across Texas and beyond. Over the past eight years as Coach at SFA, Maple has transformed the squad from a traditional "Pom" squad that focused on High Energy Hip Hop and Pom to a higher level of dance and technique.
Under Maple's direction, the Pom Squad has won seven American Dance/Drill Team School Collegiate Championships in Div. I and IA Dance and also won the ADTS Collegiate Academic Championship is 2007. SFA has continued to rise in rankings at the NCA/NDA Collegiate National Championship placing fifth in 2006, third and winning the Innovative Choreography Award in 2007, second in 2008, first in 2009, third in 2010 in Div. I Dance and third in Div. I Open Dance and fourth in Div. I Hip Hop in 2011, third in Div. I Open and first in Div. I Hip Hop in 2012, second in Div. I Dance and first in Div. I Hip Hop in 2013. Maple has produced over 20 NDA Collegiate All-Americans over the past eight seasons. Maple is also the creator of "Jack Attack" - SFA's Competitive Hip Hop team who has also won three American Dance/Drill Team School Collegiate Hip Hop Championships since it's creation.
Maple is the former Director of the Dayton High School Dazzlers Dance Team and the originator of the Dayton Sensations Dance Team at his former studio, Dance Etc. in Dayton, TX. After directing for five years, Maple decided to go back to school and became part of the MCC Dance Co. at McLennan Community College in Waco, TX. While there, he helped the Dance Co. to place second nationally in 2003 and eighth in 2004 as a member and officer of the team. In 2005, the team placed second as he was the Assistant Director to Sandy Hinton. Maple left McLennan Community College in 2005 and moved to Nacogdoches to become the Coach of the SFA Pom Squad at Stephen F. Austin State University. Maple has a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology and Art from Stephen F. Austin State University. Currently, Maple is pursuing a Master's Degree in Education from Stephen F. Austin State University while continuing his role as the Head Dance Coach and also serves as the Coordinator of Spirit Teams overseeing the Cheer and Dance Teams.
Maple has been a Choreographer, Head Instructor, Certified Adjudicator, and Speaker for the National Dance Alliance (NDA) in Dallas, Texas. He has been a member of the Texas Dance Educators Association (TDEA) since 2001. In 2012, Maple created the Texas College Dance Coaches Conference to unite all College Dance Coaches on a mission to form a foundation for collegiate excellence.
His favorite quote is "The ultimate goal is to be better today than you were yesterday"