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Ramblin Rebels Podcast No. 30
Ramblin' Rebels Podcast No. 30
May 14, 2024

In his final episode of the Ramblin' Rebels Podcast, senior Noah Trepagnier talks to members of the Class of 2024 about their Riverside Academy...

Ramblin Rebels Podcast No. 29
Ramblin' Rebels Podcast No. 29
April 9, 2024

Ramblin' Rebels host Noah Trepagnier talks to Riverside Academy band director and RA Ovations director Darryl Clement about the upcoming spring...

Ramblin Rebels Podcast No. 28
Ramblin' Rebels Podcast No. 28
March 7, 2024

Ramblin' Rebels Podcast host Noah Trepagnier talks to Riverside Academy softball coach Tamra Regalo about the thrill of winning last year's Division...

Cole Haase
Ramblin' Rebels Podcast No. 27
February 23, 2024

Ramblin' Rebels host Noah Trepagnier visits with Riverside Academy senior golfer Cole Haase to talk about his golf game, his future at Loyola...

Senior Queen Dixie XLIII Corrin Cashio and  King Chance Montelius reigned over the Krewe Bord de Leau on Jan. 27. Ramblin Rebels host Noah Trepagnier served as an usher.
Ramblin' Rebels Podcast No. 26
January 30, 2024

Ramblin' Rebels host Noah Trepagnier spent some time with Krewe Bord de L'eau's Queen Dixie XLIII Corrin Cashio and King Rebel XLIII Chance Montelius,...

First Person: Five, Six, Seven, Eight

Southern Sweetheart shares dance team experience
Junior Teryn Davis is a member of the Southern Sweethearts

 Taking those first steps on the floor may be one of the most nerve-racking experiences of my life.

I can remember how hard it was for my mind and my heart to interlink in order to tell a story through my body for a group of judges who only saw me for a minute or two. The constant noise and thoughts fluttering through my mind had me praying that I don’t make a mistake or forget a major change. I tell myself, “I have to be perfect for not only myself but for others.”

Friday Night Lights, consisted of red and blue sequined costumes, white gloves, and leather boots illuminated by the stadium lights. A full face of makeup was drowned with setting spray to prevent the sweat that my body produces.

Teryn Davis performs a stunt with the Southern Sweethearts.

People say, “Dance is not a sport. You do not work as hard as any other athlete.”  Dance may look beautiful on the outside, however the inside perspective is not always as pretty. Does every dancer believe this statement, or is it just a mental fixation my mind has created? This is not my first year of the dance team. This is my junior year and second year of Southern Sweethearts, but since I am growing up I have to adapt to different maturity levels. It has been a major learning experience for myself as a dancer and a human being, constantly pushing myself beyond my mental limitations and trying to improve more and more every day. From developing friendships with individuals who have the same passion as me, to influencing younger generations who are afraid of being judged because of that same passion. I dance to escape from the real world and tell stories without having to say one word. You may not know who I am as a person but you know what I bring to the table once the music turns on — sixteen years of blood, sweat, and a ton of tears. Tough love coming from my coaches who already have seen my potential and just want me to believe it. Countless hours of body aches, bruises, and cramps. But this is not a “sport.”

I will always appreciate the ones who have supported me throughout this entire journey, like my high school coaches, studio coaches, teammates, and family. Dance made me who I am today. This sport has made me a very successful individual. Needless to say, without a core foundation you can’t continue to build in places that have been broken and destroyed. However, you can make a change by throwing your dance shoes on and taking your first step forward.

Teryn Davis performs with the band.
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    Deborah WeberDec 13, 2023 at 10:30 am

    Teryn I have watched you grow and take on new heights at ADA. As Aimee’s mom I have 40 years as a dance mom and can tell excellence and passion and determination when I see it. You have it all. Very proud of you. Enjoy your Southern Sweetheart years by sharing your love for dance with the younger members and May God ‘s love be continue to shine thru you.

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    Gwendolyn HarrisDec 11, 2023 at 6:04 am

    Awesome words of encouragement Shae not just for those who may have that passion for dance/sport but for those who may hesitate/scared to take that first step. I can tell/see you’ve had excellent training that starts from home, may God continue to take you higher and higher each passing day. Congratulations beautiful!!!⚘⚘⚘