Mid Atlantic Pom & Dance Association

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Laura A. Baxter


Team Coordinator

Laura has been involved with the dance industry for the past 20 years, dancing, judging and coaching. She has been a certified MAPDA judge since 2005 and has been the Director for the past 8 years. 

Prior to judging, Laura coached the Surrattsville High School Pom Team from 1998-2005. She was a dancer on the Surrattsville Pom Team from 1992-1996, captain being the last office she held. 

She is passionate about dancing and about giving the dancers a platform to inspire, encourage and entertain.

Yvette Anderson

Competition Coordination

Yvette Anderson grew up in Fort Washington, MD and attended Oxon Hill High School, were she was a member and captain of the Oxon Hill High School Clipperettes.  After graduation from high school; Yvette cheered and coached her alma mater dance team while attending college.  After graduating from college, Yvette auditions for the Washington Redskins and Wizards dance teams.  Making it to final cuts with both organizations.  Yvette continued to dance, into adulthood.  

She is a current member of the adult company at Artistic Dance Xpressions located in Fort Washington, MD.  Yvette is a former company member with Dance Expressions – Clinton, MD.  In 2009, Yvette danced for the Maryland Green Hawks Semi-professional basketball team. She loves to dance and continues to take class on a regular basis; it shows her knowledge and passionate about the art. 

 Yvette has been a certified MAPDA judge since 2007 and the Judge Coordinator since 2009. 

Monica Smothers

Monica Smothers is a native Washingtonian and began her love of the arts at the age of 6 with ballet, tap and jazz dance. All through her adolescent years, the arts also grew up with her. She was a member of her dance team in high school as well as performed in her local community theatre. 

Her journey through the arts carried her to college UMDCP, where she graduated with honors in Performing Arts in 2000. She then went on and continued to showcase her craft by choreographing and displaying her own work in various venues around the metropolitan area. 

Monica continues to show her love and support for the art of dance as well as staying involved working on films and theater. She has been a certified MAPDA Judge since 2013.

Andrea Watson

Ms. Andrea Watson attended Howard University and was a member of the “Flashy Flags” section of the Howard University “Showtime” Marching Band. During her time at Howard, the marching band participated in the 1990 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, 1991 Circle City Classic as well as performed for several NFL teams including the Washington Redskins. 

Prior to attending Howard, she was a member of the award winning color guard at Glencliff High School in Nashville, TN.  During her time in the band, the color guard took home 1st place as well as Grand Champions at the Middle Tennessee State University Contest of Champions (DCI); Lynchburg (TN) Classic Marching Band Competition and more many memorable events!

Over the last 15 years, she has taken a variety of dance and performance classes at Joy of Motion and The Dance Place studios in Washington, DC. In addition to the studio classes, she was a member of the spirit/cheer team better known as the “Energy Squad” for the Washington Wizards, Mystics, and Capitals from 2003-2006.  She served as Co-Captain/Choreographer for the Virginia Monarchs (North American Football League) as well as being a member of the DC Armor of the American Indoor Football Association.

Since 2006, she has been serving as a judge for the Mid-Atlantic Pom and Dance Association, C.A.R.E Band Auxiliary competitions as well as the High Stepping Nationals high school marching band competition.Currently, Ms. Watson works  as a corporate concierge. 

MAPDA Judges are required to re-certify every year through sessions with representatives from Spirit Unlimited, Varsity & Just for Kicks to name a few.

Our Judging Coordinator ensures all judges are up to date on the latest styles, tricks and safety issues.