Hey Cowboys Fans,
I am so excited to be back as a Dallas Cowboys Rhythm and Blue Dancer! This year will be my 4th year on the team and I have the immense honor of being one of the team captains, as well. I know it's going to be an amazing year dancing for the only co-ed hip-hop team in the NFL.
I was born and raised in Arlington, Texas but now I call Dallas home. I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Learning and Development and am English as a Second Language Certified. I am currently an elementary school teacher in Dallas ISD!
I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to dance throughout my entire life and to now have the opportunity to dance for the Dallas Cowboys. I am especially thankful for my incredible and loving husband, Brody. He is the one who stood by me from the beginning and never lets me give up! I am grateful to have such amazing family and friends who have always encouraged me and pushed me to be the person and dancer I am today! I wouldn't be dancing for the first coed hip-hop dance team in the NFL without their unconditional love and support.
I consider it a privilege to be a part of the Dallas Cowboys organization and cannot wait for what I know will be another life-changing season!
Number of years on the team: I am so excited to have earned veteran status again and to be back for my 4th year on the team!
Prior Dance/Entertainment Industry Experience: I trained under Joan Nelson, Suzanne Green, and Gwen Price at Dance Workshop in Arlington, TX starting at the age of 3 until I graduated from high school in 2011. At UT Austin, I was selected to be a member of the student led Roustabouts Dance Company for four years. Post grad, I trained with Stephen McMaryion at Contemporary Ballet Dallas.
Nicknames: My nicknames include, but are not limited to, Marls, Mar, Marls Barkley, Mollie, Mom, Doug, and Deeds.
Hometown: I was born and raised in Arlington, TX.
I dance because: I dance because I cannot imagine life without it! I feel most free and most myself when I am dancing. It is such a beautiful and inspiring art form that unifies people from all walks of life!
What I like to do most besides dance is: My favorite things to do outside of dancing would be teaching, going to concerts, spending time outdoors, rock climbing, hanging out with my puppy, Greg Biffle, and traveling to new places!
I've always wanted to: I have always wanted to learn how to speak Spanish fluently! I think it would be so amazing and beneficial to be bilingual.
Advice to Youngsters: My advice to youngsters is to not be afraid of being called different or weird…that normally means you are doing something right.
My biggest role model is: My biggest role models are my parents. Both my mom and dad have always supported me and allowed me to follow my dreams. They are some of my biggest supporters in life and I love them both very much!
What I enjoy most about being a DCRB Dancer is: What I enjoy most about being a DCRB Dancer is all of my amazing teammates. When you make the team, you automatically have a huge family that is for you and that loves you. I love that I have the opportunity to dance and perform with such a remarkable group of people.
Favorite Cowboys player past or present: My favorite Cowboys player is Emmitt Smith!
Favorite Performer: My favorite performer would definitely be Beyoncé. No one can beat Queen Bey!
Favorite Music: I love all music so it's hard for me to pick a favorite but anything that can make me dance is always great!
Favorite Quotes: "The days that I keep my gratitude higher than my expectations, those are really good days." –Ray Wylie Hubbard
The three guests I would invite to my fantasy dinner party are: The three guests I would invite to my fantasy dinner party are my husband Brody, Beyoncé, and my dog Greg Biffle!