Dance/Drill Team's Quest for the Olympics
In Memory of Dr. Kay Teer Crawford
by Leslie C. Goettsch
Owner/Webmaster of DanceCheer.NET
We are saddened by the death of Dr. Kay Teer Crawford, who passed away on Wednesday, August 29, 2001. At the same time, we rejoice in the facts that Dr. Crawford lived a long and fulfilling life that most of us only dream of. I was honored to have had the opportunity to work with and get to know Dr. Crawford. She was an intelligent, strong and charming woman whom, without her influences, dance/drill team would not be what it is today. I had a chance to interview Dr. Crawford about her contributions to drill team prior to her death and would like to share some of what I learned with you.
Dr. Crawford had a passion for drill team. She started the first known drill team in 1930 in Edinburg, Texas. Her Masters thesis even covered drill teams. In California, she developed drill team as a curriculum in high school and college. She then went on to create Miss Dance/Drill Team USA, the first competition, and has now added an international division for Miss Dance/Drill Team International as part of her quest to get "dance sport" added as an Olympic category. It's no wonder Dr. Crawford was inducted into the Hall of Fame with the Texas Dance Drill Team Education Association (TDDTEA). Recently, there has been some work done with Dr. Crawford in hopes of running a movie or documentary on her life and accomplishments. We will keep you posted as we learn more about the release date.
We will keep updating this Olympics network site in our efforts to continue working with the Miss Dance Drill Team USA staff and the dance/drill industry to ensure that Dr. Crawford's dream becomes a reality. She said she wanted to see Dance Sport in the Olympics as her final legacy. This was really important to Dr. Crawford because she wanted "to do it for the girls."
Dr. Crawford's funeral will be on Thursday, September 6, 2001, at St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church, 1900 South Prospect Ave. Redondo Beach, CA. Services will begin at 4:00 pm. After the services, a parade lead by a marching band and drill team will march five blocks from the church to the corner of Prospect and Palos Verdes Blvd ("Crawford Corner"). Following, an informal ceremony will be held in the back yard with music and refreshments. When we arrive at "Crawford Corner," 1303 Palos Verdes Blvd. Redondo Beach, CA. 90277, everyone is invited to take one of the large brightly colored tulips and inscribe it with your favorite Bible verse or memorable saying and your name. Afterwords, you can place your tulip on a pre-positioned stake in the large side yard on the corner for all passers by to see.
There are plans for a gymnasium to be built at Bishop Montgomery High School in memory of James H. Crawford, Kay's husband that passed away a few years ago. If you wish, you may send or bring a donation, in liu of flowers (please make checks out to "James H. Crawford Memorial Fund.") You may write something about yourself on a card and sign it. These cards will be placed in a stainless cylinder and will be put in the cornerstone of the building. Plans are to break ground in late 2001 or early 2002.
Thanks to Joyce Pennington of American Dance/Drill Team for her information on Dr. Crawford's passing, funeral and memorial plans.
Yes, you heard it right. Thanks to Dr. Kay Teer Crawford, dance/drill team is now in a quest for the Olympics. Dr. Crawford and DanceCheer.NET are working together to help make the Olympian dream become a reality, and we need your help to make this happen. First, we'd like to say that we are honored to be working so closely with the legendary Dr. Kay Crawford. Dr. Crawford brings brilliance, humility, a sense of humor, and a genuine love for the dance/drill industry. As owner of the nonprofit organization, Miss Dance Drill Team USA, Dr. Crawford has been working feverishly behind the scenes in an effort to organize this potentially historic event. DanceCheer.NET, as one of the most popular spirit resource on the Web today, has joined with Dr. Crawford and her associates to help organize this quest and hopefully make it a reality. So are you ready to hear the SCOOP?
The Olympic SCOOP
The Olympic Committee has recognized "Dance" as a Sport. We are grateful! Ballroom Dance is under "DanceSport". DanceSport Precision Teams includes our world - Dance Drill Team!
Before you can help us in this quest, it is essential that you first understand the basics of what it will take for us to get to the IOC requesting guidance and directions from them.
- First, and most important, we must present a unified front internationally or we risk losing the attention of the Olympics committee. That unified front means that we rally behind Dr. Crawford and show our support for her cause, our cause and our student’s cause.
- We must also have an international competition. Thanks to Dr. Crawford, that is now a reality. The 2001 International Miss Dance Drill Team competition will be held in Southern Australia. We will provide more information upon request. Simply contact Miss Dance Drill Team USA at the address listed below.
- A "unified front" means that we cannot have other companies or organizations attempting to contact the Olympic Committee separately, because attempts like this make our industry appear fragmented and not united and could jeopardize the progress we have already made. We are a “unified front”. Dr. Crawford is further on the Olympic quest than any other dance/drill educator or organization, not to mention she is a highly respected icon in the industry, and the fact that Miss Dance Drill Team USA is a nonprofit organization for 34 years reflects her genuine desire to "just do this for the girls [and now boys too]."
- Dr. Crawford had this idea of Dance Drill Team in the Olympics 70 years ago as a teenager in Texas. It was in 1930 at Edinburg High School, Texas, that the world’s first Dance Drill Team had its roots.
- We must be organized and efficient. That is why DanceCheer.NET has offered to have this webpage as the central networking spot for discussion about the Olympics quest. This is a logical place because we already receive over 27,000 hits a day from visitors around the world, plus many visitors from other countries contact us who are aspiring to have dance teams in their own countries. So bookmark this page and check back often because we will be updating you regularly on our progress and letting you know what we need from YOU to make this happen!
- The bottom line here is that we need representatives and organizations from across the world who can show us they are the best dancers in the WORLD, will be able to perform impressively at the Olympics, and can organize and be available to present a demonstration in Athens, with the help, permission and guidance of the IOC.
- We'll need representatives from each of the 50 states in the USA who can also show us they are the best dancers in the WORLD and will be able to perform impressively for the dance/drill team industry at the Olympics.
- Both individuals as well as dance/drill teams may enter.
- Please see below for information on how to get started now...
How YOU Can Help
Getting to the Olympics takes a lot more than just talk and dreams...it takes action on an organized front. The goal of DanceCheer.NET is to help organize that front. If you love dance and drill team and want to be a part of helping us get to the Olympics, then here is how you can help:
- If you are the head of a spirit organization, write a letter of support for Dr. Crawford to take to the Olympic Committee. We request letters be received by Jan. 1, 2001! Your letter should mention that you are aware of Dr. Kay Crawford's attempt to get dance/drill team to the Olympics, and you support her efforts. Also specify who you are, include a Bio, and note your contact information. Be sure to mention that you agree with us that we should present a unified front as an industry, using Dr. Crawford as our main contact person. Be sure to SIGN the letter. With holiday mail being slow right now, it would probably be best to fax your letter of support to Dr. Kay Crawford at 310.540.9574. Please don't wait until the last minute...send your letter TODAY! These letters help lend Dr. Crawford and the dance/drill community credibility and the more letters she receives, especially from international contacts, the more attention we will receive when she meets with the Olympic Committee (We have 20 countries who have already expressed an interest in joining the quest.)
- Spread the word! Tell the directors of your local dance/drill teams or owners of local dance studios to look up the DanceCheer.NET website or contact the Miss Dance Drill Team USA Staff whose information will be provided below. High School directors may enter their team or individuals, or both, and if their team or a team member wins nationals’ in California on April 21, 2001, the director and the team solo “Miss” member win free airfare to the international competition in Australia in July 2001!
- Tell dancers whom you feel possess the ability to dance among the top in the nation to look up the DanceCheer.NET website or contact the Miss Dance Drill Team USA Staff whose information is provided here:
- Miss Dance Drill Team USA and International
1303 Palos Verdes Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 540-3364 - Phone
(310) 540-9574 - Fax
- 1. USA Entries for Miss Dance Drill Team USA Pageant in Los Angeles
April 20 - 21, 2001
Los Angeles Sports Arena
(and USC Campus)
Host Hotel - Biltmore Hotel
- See the entry requirements below...
Here are the requirements for dancers to enter the US competition:
- Must be a member of a High School dance drill team (10 members or more)
- Must be 16 to 19 years old in High School
- Must be a US citizen
- Minimum 3.0 grade point average
- Good health habits (ie: no drugs, no smoking, no drinking)
- Provide a birth certificate
- Provide a video with the following:
- 2 minute dance routine that demonstrates advanced skill levels, innovative choreography, impressive showmanship, and leadership qualities typical to dance/drill competitions.
- 45-second speech on any topic related to dance/drill team.
- Model five poses (Star Pattern) At each point model a 4-8 count position which one could end or start a routine:
Start at position # 1 and WALK 8 steps to # 2 - pose, then walk 8 steps to point # 3 - pose and so on. Exit after 5th position.
Note: Miss Dance Drill Team USA has State Chartered Pageants in the following States: California, Texas, Utah and Illinois - If you are from one of these States, please contact MDDTUSA Staff directly for your State Competition information.
Send your bio to Dr. Kay Crawford at the address below.
Sponsorship is Available!
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or the sponsor of our move toward Olympics, now is the time to get in on the ground floor of a Worldwide, worthwhile event for the world’s High School students. Sponsorship available for discussion after January 2, 2001!
Miss Dance Drill Team USA Contact Info:
If you have questions about the Olympics or the requirements listed above, please do not write DanceCheer.NET. We are simply providing a forum for you to get in touch with Dr. Crawford and her associates. So please contact the Miss Dance Drill Team USA staff with any questions at:Dr. Kay Teer Crawford
Miss Dance Drill Team USA
1303 Palos Verdes Blvd.
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
This address can be used for questions on:
- Dance Drill Team in the Olympic Games - 2004
- Miss Dance Drill Team USA Pageant - April 20 - 21, 2001
Los Angeles Sports Arena
Solo “Miss” and Teams Competition!
- Script Material to be included in a Movie on the Life of Dr. Kay Teer Crawford!
Thanks for your support!
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