There are 72 members of the 2020-2021 Woodlands High School Highsteppers. The team is made up of the following members:
The original team consisted of 35 young women. Then, as now, the members of the team are chosen by a panel of judges, usually former Highsteppers themselves. They are judged in the area of kick height, technique and overall dance ability.
Once on the team, all dancers are required to try-out for each performance.
Deanna Smith - Director
The Highsteppers have only had two directors since the start of the team in 1976: Kathy Harlan and Deanna Smith.
Ms. Smith was a Highstepper under Mrs. Harlan's tutelage from 1979 to 1982 and has been the Director of the Highsteppers from 1998 to the present. In addition to directing the Highsteppers, Ms. Smith also teaches Government at The Woodlands High School.
Heather Hays - Assistant Director
Heather grew up in The Woodlands and was a Highstepper from 2001-2004 where she served as an officer her junior and senior year. Following TWHS graduation, she attended Kilgore College where she was a Rangerette. She completed her education at Baylor University with a degree in Elementary Education. While at Baylor, Heather was a member of the Baylor Songleaders Dance Team where she served as Captain her senior year. Heather taught Kindergarten and first grade for four years before moving to the high school level teaching dance. She is married to John Hays who also teaches and coaches at TWHS. Heather is excited to be back at her alma matter teaching and serving as the assistant to her Highstepper director and mentor, Deanna Smith.
The 2020- 2021 Highstepper Officers are:
Majors - Isabel & Jenna
Captains - Ella, Justine & Katie
Lieutenants - Kaylee, Olivia, Rylie, Sarah, Shelby
Officers choreograph dances, develop younger dancers and assist the Director by demonstrating strong leadership and organizational abilities throughout the year.
The 2019- 2020 Highstepper Social Committee:
President- Ana (Senior)
Vice President - Carly (Senior)
Senior Class Representatives:
Ava, Madeline, Kelli, Valeria, & Audrey
Junior Class Representatives:
Maddie & Emma
Sophomore Class Representatives:
Ella & Lillie
Freshman Class Representatives:
Caroline & Emma Grace
The Social Committee serves as the team ambassadors both internally within The Woodlands High School and externally promoting good relationships and friendly competition with rival high schools.