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Dancing Dolls

The Legacy High School Dolls are an iconic part of high school football in Midland. These high kicking dancers are also an award-winning drill team.


5, 6, 7, 8 …
The Legacy High School Dolls are an iconic part of Friday Night Lights in Midland. 

The Dolls are in the very capable hands of their director Misti Rosborough, better known as “Coach Ray”. This is her 20th year as a drill team director. 

“I started in 2002 at Midland High. I did both schools for a couple years, and I have been at LHS since 2006. I went to school for dance and minored in education. My teaching certification is in dance. I am the drill team director and I do the choreography.” Rosborough said.

Clad in their signature maroon, white and silver uniforms with boots and cowboy hats, the Dolls perform year-round. They start with summer dance camps, then football and basketball games, and then their own competition season. 

“Football is our big season. We perform at the pep rallies and, of course, the games with the band. Then we do basketball. We go to Orlando for a National Competition in April. We also have lots of community performances and Junior Doll Clinic for the little ones. This helps fundraise for our trips,” she said. 

“It keeps the girls involved with school and focused on grades, so they are eligible to perform. Not everyone can take dance at a studio because it is so expensive. Some students have never had any formal training and they turn out to be naturals,” she said.  

Established in the 1980’s, alumni have continued to dance after graduating.
“I have had alumni go on to dance in college.  One danced for the Houston Astros as a dug-out girl when they won the world series.  I have another one that tours as Poppy with the Trolls show,” she said. 

After supporting the Rebel athletes, the drill team focuses on competition season. This past year they won an incredible 24 awards competing in San Antonio. They won first place in every routine they entered. Those include: pom, kick, hip hop and clog. The Doll’s officers received first place in novelty, hip hop and modern. 

“We have one of the largest groups and we hold our own against Dallas, and Austin teams. The facilities that a lot of those schools have are nice. We don’t have a studio or mirrors or floors. We practice at the old youth center,” she explained. 

And hold their own they did. They won Grand Champion in Large Division for Officers and team and took home the prestigious Best of the Best Award. Out of all the schools and studios that entered, the LHS Dolls scored the highest. 

“The team was invited to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade and that is a big bucket list for me. It’s just so expensive but one day we will do it!” she said. 

Rosborough has spent her life dancing and loves instructing a new generation 
“I think that’s what keeps me going, my love for dance.  I was on my drill team in high school and then I was a Texas State Strutter. Drill team is my passion and what I always wanted to do. Dancing keeps me young,” she said. 

It is not only dance skills Coach Ray instills in her dancers, but responsibility and interview skills that will pay off later in life. 

At the end of each school year, the Dolls say goodbye with a signature performance. 
“The Dolls perform a traditional kick routine to the fight song as the finale.  They put on their field uniform and are able to say farewell. I have the seniors come out and take their final bow,” she said. 

The LHS Dolls have been dancing for decades, and their high kicks remain a mainstay on the field and dance competition floor.  †


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