Week 4: Davique
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Athletics is a passion that many are born with. That is certainly the case for RPD team captain Davique. While her father was a pro football player, you might be more familiar with her uncle – Joe Dumars.
Yes, that Joe Dumars. The same guy who helped lead the Detroit Pistons to two NBA World Championships as a player and one as an executive. He currently serves as President of Basketball Operations for the NBA’s best team thus far this season. It should come as no surprise then that Davique possesses two leadership roles of her own, teacher and team captain.
As an elementary school teacher of English, Davique influences the lives of small children, which she admits is no small undertaking.
“The thing I like most about being a school teacher is watching the students grow and learn at the same time,” Davique said. “They absorb so much at this age and it’s great to be a positive role model in their lives. I chose English because I enjoy writing. Without the proper techniques of reading and writing, it would be very difficult for the students to understand the basic math or science problems that they have to face. With creative writing you can see what the children are thinking and feeling at that moment. It’s great to come home and read their papers to see what they were thinking that day.”
As captain of RPD, Davique takes on a different type of leadership role. Guiding full grown adults is a different kind of challenge than shaping the minds of children, but it is a challenge she relishes and enjoys.
“I was blessed with the honor of being team captain, and it’s great,” Davique said. “I am working with such a wonderful director and great teammates. I can be honest – I love to dance, so this isn't really a job for me. It’s what I love to do. I’m at every practice, every game and I fit appearances in there somewhere, along with teaching.”
Some might be wondering how she finds time to undertake the roles of both team captain and full-time educator. Davique offered an easy explanation.
“It’s all about time management,” she said. “I think if you ask any dancer the question of how do you have time to do it all, we would say that we would be lost if there wasn’t enough to do. I also try to fit in some ballet, tap and jazz classes when time permits.”
And don’t think kids don’t recognize her from her performances at Toyota Center. They may be young, but Rockets fans come in all ages.
“My students recognize me all the time,” Davique said. “They’ve brought calendars, posters, pictures and even basketballs to autograph. It’s great. They often ask if they pass the state test, can I wear my uniform to school for the day.”
You would think judging from her enthusiasm for the Rockets and RPD, Davique has been a Houstonian all her life – but you’d be wrong. Davique grew up in a small town in Missouri, and it was her passion to keep dancing that led her to Houston.
“Growing up in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, was great,” Davique said. “It was a small city not far from the big cities. I danced with Royale Ballet Dance company, where we traveled all over to dance competitions. It exposed me to a lot. After graduation I went to college in Louisiana (Southern University). After college I thought, well, maybe it’s time to open a dance studio. My cousin convinced me that it wasn’t time for me to stop performing. She gathered all of the RPD tryout information, sent it to me, I auditioned, made it and moved here two weeks later. It was the best decision ever. I love Houston.”
Her impressive dance background was one reason that Davique has taken a leadership role in just her second season on the team, yet people still are taken off guard when they learn Davique’s passion for sports.
“People are always so surprised to know that I love sports,” added Davique. “The two that I watch the most are basketball and football. I can admit it’s in my blood. What can I say, I love Desperate Housewives, but I have to have my SportsCenter.”
Even with her passion and dance background, Davique was still surprised to learn of the hard work that goes into every Rockets home game and RPD appearance across the city.
“I must admit the thing that surprised me most about being a RPD was how much hard work the dancers put into one game night,” Davique said. “Sometimes we have two nights to practice for a game, or we may have the day of the game to practice two routines to perform that night. There is a lot of hard work and dedication that comes with being a Power Dancer, and I wouldn't change anything about it. I love it.”
That love manifests itself in different forms come game night, but it should come as no surprise what Davique likes best about being a member of RPD.
“First of all, I love to dance,” Davique said. “To combine that with cheering the team on and motivating the crowd is the best. This is a really great organization to be a part of, and we all work together as a team.”
You can catch Davique and the rest of RPD at every Rockets home game and at appearances across Houston.