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Monday March 26, 2007 2:51 PM

Dr. Guy M. Lewis DDS Presents:

Inside the Dancers Studio

RPD's Davique chats with Rockets.com about her hoops family

Name: Davique
Age: 27
Hometown: Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Occupation: Teacher
Alma Mater: Southern University Jaguars
Degree: Bachelors of Arts - Mass Communications
Seasons as RPD: Third

Rockets.com: Why did you want to become a Rockets Power Dancer?
Davique: After college, I stopped dancing because I wanted to spend time with my family and work on a teaching career. There also weren't any professional dance teams in the area that I was living in. Numerous friends were moving to New York and L.A. to pursue their dancing careers around the same time and tried to get me to go as well. A part of me really wanted to go, but I am a family person and didn't want to leave my family. My cousin finally convinced me to audition for RPD and I agreed. I made it and made the move to Houston. It was a bit scary, but one of the best decisions I've made. I've found a home, career and happiness and I am doing what I love to do most and that is perform.

Rockets.com: Are you a big basketball fan?
Davique: I am a huge basketball fan. I would be watching it even if I wasn't cheering out there! My father is a college basketball coach at McNeese State. My uncle, Joe Dumars, is a former NBA player and now works with the Detroit Pistons as President of Basketball Operations. And my boyfriend is currently playing in Seville, Spain. Many say it runs in my blood, although I'm not very good at playing the sport myself. I have been watching basketball since a little girl and I still love it.

Rockets.com: What has been your favorite moment, so far, as a Rockets Power Dancer?
Davique: My favorite moment as a RPD was participating in the Hurricane Katrina Relief Event held by the NBA. It was amazing to see the organization come together and work towards bringing happiness to people that have gone through something so traumatizing.

Rockets.com: What was your experience like in the photo shoot for the RPD calendar?
Davique: The calendar shoot was great. Bill and Susie were great to work with. They know each dancer and what they like, so they bring out the best in you. I was lucky enough to shoot in the hotel lobby, so I was warm and had lots of fun.

Rockets.com: Have you had any embarrassing moments as an RPD?
Davique: I haven't had any embarrassing moments, but we recently performed in chaps that we had to rip off of the next dancer. I was so afraid that I wasn't going to get hers off, but they came off and I made it through the dance. Now, I can look forward to dancing in the chaps again.

Rockets.com: What has been your favorite dance routine through the first two months of the season?
Davique: I really enjoy performing "Proud Mary" ... It is a personal favorite of mine. The song is full of energy and character.

Rockets.com: Why haven't you been dunking with the dunking dancers this season?
Davique: I sprained my ankle pretty bad at the beginning of the season and I was out for six to eight weeks. I am currently working to get the strength back in my ankle so I can come back and dunk in the last few games. I really miss dunking because the feeling you get flying through the air is something you can't describe. The girls have done a great job this year and I look forward to coming back.

Rockets.com: What has been your favorite costume this season?
Davique: My favorite costume is what we wore during "Proud Mary." We wore black bikers and a black fringe top with character shoes. It just fits the dance and puts you in that role for the dance.

Rockets.com: Besides being a RPD, what do you do for a living?
Davique: I am a pre-kindergarten and kindergarten dance teacher. I teach ballet, tap and creative movement to the little ones.

Rockets.com: Do you ever get recognized in public as an RPD?
Davique: I do get recognized in public. It is awesome too because sometimes they don't know how to approach me.

Rockets.com: What do you do in your free time, if you have any?
Davique: I love to shop! Dresses and shoes are my favorites. Also, playing with my puppy, Buckets, and spending time with my family and friends.

Rockets.com: Do you have a favorite activity?
Davique: Since I like to shop so much, I love to organize my closet. I like for it to be nice and neat. Other than that, I would say dancing and reading.

Rockets.com: What is your favorite sports team?
Davique: Of course, the Rockets!

Rockets.com: What is the greatest movie ever?
Davique: Coming to America

Rockets.com: How about the best restaurant?
Davique: I love P.F. Chang's

Rockets.com: If you could have dinner with anyone on the planet, who would it be and why?
Davique: My great-grandmothers. I want to know more about my family history and I would want to tell them all about the family now.

Rockets.com: Where do you want to travel and why?
Davique: I've been very blessed to travel to numerous places and see so much. But the next place on my list would be Morocco! I've heard it's beautiful!

Rockets.com: What do you expect to be doing 10 years from now?
Davique: If it's in God's plan, I hope to be married with at least two kids and owning a successful clothing boutique.