DCC Alumni Spotlight – Dara McFarlane Sayrie
Dara McFarlane Sayrie is a professional dancer, choreographer, and co-owner of Fierce Factory Dance & Talent. She was born and raised in Friendswood, Texas, and currently resides in Houston, Texas. Dara’s passion for dance and performance grew throughout her childhood, as she has competed locally and nationally in drill team and dance. After graduating high school, she became one of the world-renowned Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.
Dara wore the iconic 15 stars and boots from 2007-2009. She had the opportunity to travel on USO tours to Iraq and Afghanistan to perform for our soldiers for the holidays. Dara’s most memorable experience as a DCC was cheering the last game in Texas Stadium before the Cowboys moved to AT&T Stadium. Dara also enjoyed having the opportunity to perform with DCC alumni who cheered in the 1960s,70s, 80s & 90s. She hopes that DCC will have another opportunity for current and former DCC to perform together again. Dara’s favorite DCC tradition remains to be the “about me” ornaments on the DCC Christmas tree. She loved this tradition so much, she started a similar tradition with the students at her studio.
After Dara hung up her poms, she moved to Los Angeles, California , and began dancing for the prestigious LA Laker Girls from 2009-2013. Once Dara’s tenure with the LA Laker Girls ended, she returned to Houston, Texas to focus on her education and pursue her degree in Communications.
When asked what advice she would offer current DCC members, Dara enthusiastically responded “Enjoy the ride because it flies by!” She continued to express how important it is for current DCC members to not lose themselves in the process, remain confident in themselves, and allow DCC to change them for the better, not the worse!