Laila Harding has been dancing for as long as she can remember, and this fall the Luling resident will move to Hammond and dance her way right into her college career at Southeastern Louisiana University.
Harding, a member of the Hahnville High School class of 2021, plans to major in education in college and will be a member of the university’s Lionettes dance team.
“I still can’t believe,” Harding said find out that she made the team. “It’s a big accomplishment.”
Harding said the news that she’ll be continuing her dancing career has her anxiously awaiting moving into her dorm and starting her freshman year.
“It makes me a lot more excited, because I’m starting to make a lot more connections with people,” she said.
Harding was a member of the HHS Hi-Steppers Dance Team for her entire high school career and served as captain of the team for two years. She also participated in talented theater, choir and musicals throughout her high school journey.
“Everything I was involved in was so positive,” she said. “There were lots of outlets for creativity at Hahnville.”
Harding attended St. Charles Parish Public Schools her entire life and has always been interested in the artistic offerings the district provides.
“I’ve been into the arts since elementary,” she said. “I danced in middle school and danced at Dance Unlimited for 10 years.”
Now a dance teacher at Broadway Open Stage Studio in Destrehan, Harding said the job helps her to be around the two things she loves most: dancing and children.
“It’s a way to keep up with dancing and share that love with kids,” she said of teaching.
And while the future certainly looks bright for Harding, she said she will never forgot how she’s found such success.
“My experience at Hahnville overall was a really positive one,” she said. “I had a lot of support from the people over there and from my family … they always set me up for success.”