American Heart Assoc.

Born to Dance

by | Oct 8, 2021 | Latest, Sports

For seven years, Leslie Ellis has been leading the way, teaching precision dance moves to Farmersville High School to the Farmerettes.

Through the years, the director of the Farmerettes said the program has grown from nine dancers to its current 32-person membership.

Ellis credits the creation of the junior high school program, the Southern Belles, with helping foster the Farmerettes. The Southern Belles gives middle school students a glimpse of what to expect from the Farmerettes, or other dancing related FHS clubs like cheerleading and color guard, she said.

“Most of my seniors this year were in my first group for Southern Belles,” Ellis said. “I had them in seventh grade, and I pretty much adore them. They’re great kids. Even the ones that didn’t decide to do Farmerettes, I still get to see them and hang out with them. I get to see what they did through high school, so it’s really fun. There are a lot of things that you can do with a bigger group, especially when it comes to dancing and the drill team.”

The Farmerettes have three captains this year: Layla Morris, Ivie Dupree and Sydney Jones. They also have five officers: senior lieutenant Ashlyn Starkey, senior lieutenant Sage Tackett, first lieutenant Jordan Boring, lieutenant captain Cheyenne Rogers and captain Rachel Regla. Ellis said she’s been glad to have a fun group leading the Farmerettes.

“They’re really giggly, but in the right way,” Ellis said. “They give me all the effort that they can. My officers are really relaxed, but in a good way. They know when to be serious and when to have fun. That’s our big push this year, to be able to bond as a team and have a good time while also learning.”

For the full story, check out the Oct. 7 issue of The Farmersville Times or  subscribe online. Support your community newspaper for less than $40 a year.

By Jackson King * [email protected]

American Heart Assoc.

0 Comments

Related News

SB 4 targets human traffickers

SB 4 targets human traffickers

A new state law has significantly increased punishment for human traffickers. Senate Bill 4 was approved by the state Legislature during the third special session in October 2023 and signed by Gov. Greg Abbott in December. The new law, which went into effect Feb. 6,...

read more
New president wants to help businesses achieve goals

New president wants to help businesses achieve goals

A new year often brings new leadership and that is the case for the Farmersville Chamber of Commerce. In early February, the chamber elected its 2024 board of directors. And leading the charge as president is Roy Homfeld, co-founder and owner of Tracy’s Custom Homes,...

read more
City budget amended for capital projects

City budget amended for capital projects

During last week’s city council meeting, City Manager Ben White explained the need to amend the current year’s city budget, primarily for capital improvements. At the Feb. 13 regular meeting, White described the budget amendment of $145,000 as “a little larger than...

read more
City council election filings close Friday

City council election filings close Friday

With a couple of days left before the filing deadline, so far voters in Farmersville city limits have a contested mayoral race to decide on May 5. With the mayoral seat and Place 4 up for election, applications submitted as of Tuesday show the mayoral election will be...

read more
Chocolate Walk: sweet success

Chocolate Walk: sweet success

This past weekend’s unexpected showers didn’t put a damper on the early Valentine’s Day celebrations in downtown Farmersville. The annual Chocolate Walk on Saturday, Feb. 10, invited the community to indulge in shopping, fudgy treats and contests. For more on this...

read more
Adding polling places has challenges

Adding polling places has challenges

Collin County voters may have new locations to cast ballots in November’s elections. But that’s not necessarily a good thing. A requirement for large counties to add polling places was an unintended consequence of a new law passed last year by the Texas Legislature,...

read more
Lady Farmers to face Pinkston in playoff-opener

Lady Farmers to face Pinkston in playoff-opener

The Farmersville girls won three straight games to close out the regular season, and will now look to carry that momentum into playoffs. The Lady Farmers will take on Pinkston in the bi-district round on Monday. Victor Tapia/The Farmersville Times With the regular...

read more
Growth continuing at McKinney National Airport

Growth continuing at McKinney National Airport

Although voters rejected a $200 million bond proposal that would have allowed commercial airlines to serve McKinney National Airport, the facility continues to grow. More than 58% of McKinney voters rejected the plan in last May’s bond election. The proposal would...

read more
Subscribe 300x250 - Love