BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — This evening, Capitol Park Museum featured an exhibit of Southern University’s Fabulous Dancing Dolls to Forever Dolls.
In addition to home games and exhilarating halftime shows at the Bayou Classic, the Dancing Dolls performed with Madonna during her halftime performance at Super Bowl back in 2012. Then in 2019, the Dancing Dolls were featured in the Netflix documentary Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé. A legacy of amazing performances.
When it comes to Southern University football games, the Human Jukebox and the Dancing Dolls are a major part.
“Being a doll, we have standards, where we have to be poise and just be excellent every time we perform,” said Desiree Terrell, who became a Forever Doll in 1987.
For the first time in history, the Tigers and Jaguars are facing off and the dancing dolls are celebrating in a big way.
The Dancing Dolls — all the way from 1969 to now — the Capitol Park Museum displayed the “Journey of Dancing Dolls to Forever Dolls” exhibit, showing several of the uniforms and old footage.
“This is a great way to kick off the weekend for anyone who’s going to the game or watching the game,” said Capitol Park Museum Curator Anne Mahoney.
“This is what the dolls started and how they exist today, and all the work that’s behind what they do,” said Terrell.
In 1969, eight Southern University students performed for the school’s football game against Texas Southern, starting a 53-year tradition of talented Dancing Dolls. Sarah Moody Thomas is one of the originals.
“It was an amazing experience, very different than we have seen for women,” said Thomas.
From Dancing Dolls to Forever Dolls, it wasn’t always about the Saturday night lights.
“Dancing was the best part, but I think the camaraderie that we had among one another was also pretty amazing,” said Thomas.
The Dolls say to be ready to be knocked off your feet while watching this year’s halftime show.