Mrs. Leah Longoria Huggins
Mrs. Huggins teaches Dance I-V, Dance Pathway, directs Sunset Dance Company and the Bisonettes Varsity Drill Team
Leah Longoria Huggins was raised in McKinney, TX, where she attended McKinney North High School. As a member of the drill team, the North Stars, Leah served as a junior and senior officer. While on North Stars she received high honors as the co-captain of the kick team and co-choreographer for the spring show Viva Las Vegas.
Staying close to home Leah attended Collin County Community College in Plano, TX. Leah was a part of the resident modern/contemporary dance company Collin Dance Ensemble. CDE exposed Leah to the world of modern and contemporary dance which allowed her to artistically explore and express herself. While on CDE Leah performed throughout the DFW area as well as attended master classes by Robert Battle of Alvin Ailey, and locals Michelle Hanlon and Ronnelle Eddings of Elle Danceworks. Leah performed numerous pieces in CDE's end of the year Spring Fling and received the Directors Choice Award.
Leah completed her Bachelors Degree in Dance from Texas Woman's University in Denton, TX. During college Leah was a staff member with award winning Prodigy Dance and Performing Arts Studio in Plano, TX. Leah also judges dance/drill competitions for Danceline Productions. Leah has and continues to choreograph routines for various DFW schools.
Leah was a five year member of Dallas Dance Company.
Leah has been the Director of Dance at Sunset High School for 11 years. She is currently the Dance Company Director, Bisonette Varsity Drill Team Director, Dance Pathway and Dance I-IV instructor. She has loved watching the dance program evolve from 76 to 300 students as well as the students who have gone on to college dance programs. She is married to her high school sweetheart Rylie, they have a daughter named Lillie.
Mrs. Amanda Longoria Perales
Dance Instructor/Assistant Director
Mrs. Perales teaches Dance I, Dance II/III/IV, directs Bison Belles JV Drill Team and assists with Sunset Dance Company and Bisonettes Varsity Drill Team
This is Mrs. Amanda Longoria Perales' 1st year at Sunset High School. She couldn’t be more excited to have this opportunity to direct the Bison Belles and Assist with the Bisonettes and Dance Company. Teaching Dance is her passion and she is ready to share her passion and knowledge with the students at Sunset High School.
Mrs. Perales has been involved in the performing arts since the age of 5. She grew up participating in community theatre. She has studied all dance genres including classical ballet, jazz, African dance, Latin aerobics, drill team, musical theatre, world dance, hip hop, and contemporary/modern for over 25 years. She has traveled, taken class, and has learned from top named choreographers in L.A., Houston, and New York.
In high School she participated in Cheerleading her freshman year, Drill Team her sophomore year, and Dance Company her Junior and Senior year. She continued dance and cheer in college at the University of Texas at El Paso. She then transferred to Texas State University to obtain her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance Education. During her Senior year at Texas State University Mrs. Perales owned a studio in Wimberley, Tx. She taught ages 5-adult in many genres of dance.
This will be her 9th year in education and 4th year in Dallas ISD.
Mrs. Perales has choreographed several award-winning group dances for national dance & drill team competitions.
Mrs. Perales resides with her husband and 2 children in Midlothian, Tx.