The Desty Darlings are the award-winning dance team for Destrehan High School. They are currently ranked 5th in the nation for Small Varsity GameDay, 10th in Small Varsity Hip-Hop and 14th for Small Varsity Jazz. They are also currently the 2023 Louisiana American All-Star Louisiana State Champions in GameDay, Hip Hop, and Jazz as well as the Overall 2023 Louisiana State High School Sweepstakes Champions. They were the 2022 UDA National Champions for Small Varsity GameDay.
The Destys attend UDA camp each year. The girls have received the Super Spirit Sticks voted on by the UDA staff members. Members have auditioned each year and have been selected for All-American. They have been invited to perform in London as well as at the Citrus Bowl in Florida. The Destys have received superior ratings on their Performance Routine and have also received the Full Out Award also voted on by the staff. Our girls have received Pin It Forward Pins, and our seniors have been invited to audition for UDA staff. Every year for the last twelve years, every Desty has received a blue ribbon on their individual routines qualifying the team for a superior trophy. The Destys have also always received a superior rating on their home routine performances over the last several years as well as many 1st place placements. As a result, the girls have qualified each year to attend the UDA National Dance Team Championship in Orlando which is televised on ESPN.
The Destys are presently preparing for the upcoming season working on football halftime routines, pep rally routines, and stand routines. The Destys practice on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays during football season and weekends and holidays for competition.
The Destys are presently under the direction of Micque Voges. Ms. Voges was a teacher at Schoeffner for 30 years before retiring in 2021. She was the Teacher of the Year in both 1996 and 2006. Ms. Voges has also been a dance instructor/choreographer for over 40 years. She is currently a faculty member and choreographer at Kelli’s Kreative Dance teaching both recreational and competitive classes at all ages and levels. Her competitive numbers have won several 1st place national titles as well as numerous regional overalls, choreography awards, and specialty awards. The Destys have been under her leadership winning over twelve Louisiana State Titles. In addition, they have been nationally ranked in the top five including being the 2022 UDA NDTC gold medalists for being 1st in the nation for GameDay.
The Desty Darlings are also under the direction of assistant director Layla Ruffin. Layla is a Destrehan High School Alumni and was a Desty Darling for four years serving as Lt., Co-Captain, and Captain. She competed with the Destys at UDA Nationals in Orlando placing top 10 in the hip hop division for two consecutive years. Following high school, Layla earned a scholarship to dance with the reigning D1A Collegiate National Championship dance team at Southeastern Louisiana University. During her career with the Lionettes, she competed at UDA Nationals in Orlando, where her team took home 3rd place in the D1A hip hop division. Layla also assisted in coaching the Harry Hurst Runnerettes from 2019-2021. The Runnerettes earned the State Sweepstakes Champions in Division 2. Layla helps to judge high school and middle school dance team tryouts, choreographs competition solos/group routines, and teaches techniques classes.