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Dancing Dolls say last Bayou Classic bitter, but sweet

11/19/2012

Saturday will be the last time the senior dancers on the famous Dancing Dolls troupe will perform at the Bayou Classic with the Southern University Marching Band. Their last steps will be both tearful and full of joy, the students said.

“Performing at my last Bayou Classic is bitter, but sweet,” said Seara Cole, captain of the famous dance troupe. “It’s sad because it’s my last one, but I’m moving forward to making my dreams come true. I am ready to pursue my dreams of becoming a professional dancer on Broadway and in movies.”

Casey Greggs, the granddaughter of the legendary former SU Marching Band Director Dr. Isaac Greggs, has similar feelings. “It’s sad because it marks the end of my career as a Dancing Doll, but I’m happy to start a new chapter in my life and to begin a new journey.”

“I am excited for the Battle of the Bands and the Bayou Classic because it is going to be a lot of fun,” said Greggs, an Elementary Education major from Southern Laboratory School and Zachary.

Greggs and Cole, along with seniors Prentice Garrett and Chauncey McCoy are all making their last Bayou Classic performance. They were all part of Madonna’s performance at the halftime of the 2012 Super Bowl watched by a worldwide audience.

“Being a doll is the best experience of my life. I don’t have anything that tops it,” said Garrett, a senior Biology major from Stone Mountain, Ga. “I loved meeting Madonna. She dances like she’s 20.”

“I came to Southern because I wanted to be a Doll. They were the best team and they were so pretty,” Garrett said. “I wanted to be part of it.”

McCoy, a Psychology major from Monroe, said, “Being a Dancing Doll is like living a dream. It’s something that I always wanted to do.”

About her Super Bowl appearance, McCoy said, “the best thing about the Super Bowl was being able to be around famous people all day. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

Greggs said being a Dancing Doll “made my dreams come true.”

Cole, a Sociology major from New Orleans, said her performance on Saturday will not close the curtain on her relationship with the Dancing Dolls. “I will be a forever Doll.”