Camden Sophisticated Sisters have new home

Forget the decaying water-tower space. Camden’s Sophisticated Sisters have a new home that matches their sophistication.

Starting this week, the dance and drill team will practice at the Walt Whitman Arts Center next to Rutgers-Camden. The center is opening its doors free of rent and fees to Sophisticated Sisters, who garnered national attention this year for the positive influence the group has on its members, ages 3 to 18.

Team members performed this year on Dancing With the Stars and Good Morning America, where they received a shout-out from Beyoncé.

The center will be a temporary home as the team’s founder and director, Tawanda Jones, searches for a permanent one. The team’s 200 members have been practicing in space underneath a water tower in the Whitman Park section.