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In Memory of Turquoise Daughtry


       Turquoise Daughtry was a native of Portsmouth, VA. She began studying ballet at the age of two with the Thaddeus Hayes Ballet Theatre in Norfolk, VA. In 1996, she decided to expand her repertoire and began to study jazz, tap, hip-hop, modern and African dance with The Gail Harts Dance Company.  Turquoise attended Churchland High School in Portsmouth, VA where she was involved in numerous activities including the Marching Band, Concert Band, Varsity Cheerleading and the Magnet Dance Program.  Upon completion of high school in 2003, Turquoise attended North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC.  There she was involved with the Blue and Gold Marching Machine as a member of the Golden Delight Auxiliary Squad which encompasses the art of dance and twirling.  Turquoise served on the Leadership Team in 2004 as the dance leader and served as captain for the 2005 and 2006 school year and on staff for one year following graduation in 2007.  She became a member of Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority, Inc. in 2005 where she served as Miss Tau Beta Sigma, Step Mistress and Chapter President.


        Turquoise served as the Assistant Director/Head Choreographer for The Leticia White Academy of Dance for the past 10 years and taught in the areas of ballet, tap and modern. She is the current Dance Coordinator of the “Blue Diamonds Dance Team” of Lakeland High School’s “Marching Quiet Storm” located in Suffolk, VA and has been over the past 8 years. She serves as the Praise Dance Minister for the Adult and Youth Praise Dancers of Tabernacle Church, located in Portsmouth, VA.  Turquoise has been involved in many dance events serving as choreographer or adjudicator across the Hampton Roads area and beyond. She serves as the Technique Coach and Intensives Clinician for the Golden Delight Auxiliary of North Carolina A&T State University. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and has served as a dance teacher with Portsmouth Public Schools’ 21st Century Tutoring and Enrichment Program.


       Her goal was to ensure students gain the guidance, discipline and passion needed to be successful in today’s society, all while sharing with the world, their gifts.

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