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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 where she met her fellow dance instructor Mrs. Tamez.

 

Leah has been at Sunset High School for 8 years. She is currently the Dance Company Director, Bisonette Drill Team Director, Dance Pathway and Dance II-IV instructor. She has loved watching the dance program evolve from 76 to 325 students as well as the students who have gone on to college dance programs. She is married to her high school sweetheart Rylie.

Mrs. Huggins- Director

Mrs. Huggins teaches Dance I, Dance II, Dance Pathway, directs Sunset Dance Company and the Bisonettes Varsity Drill Team

Ms. Kelley- Dance Instructor

Ms. Kelley teaches Dance I, Dance III/IV, directs Bison Belles JV Drill Team and assists with Sunset Dance Company and Bisonettes Varsity Drill Team

This is Ms. Kelley’s 1st year at Sunset High School where she directs the JV drill team, the Bison Belles as well as assists Mrs. Huggins with the Bisonettes and varsity dance company. She teaches dance I and dance III/IV.

Ms. Kelley has been involved in the performing arts since the young age of three. She has studied theatre, vocal music, and all dance genres including classical ballet, tap, jazz, drill team, musical theatre, world dance, hip hop, and contemporary/modern for over 25 years. She has taught dance in Dallas Independent School District for 5 years where she created and grew and inaugural dance program including a classical dance company and drill team from the ground up.

 

Kaleigh’s philosophy on teaching is filled with kindness, patience, and understanding. She believes that every child has something special to give, and should be treated as such. She pushes her students to do their personal best, and leads by example in all she does.

 

Kaleigh has stage managed children’s theatre and dance productions for several years including the Nutcracker, the Secret Garden, Free to Be You and Me, and numerous full length dance productions. She is well versed in communicating with actors, dancers, and technical crew alike to produce successful shows that the audience will enjoy. She has also been a competition judge with Danceline Productions USA, and has choreographed several award winning solos, and group dances for national dance & drill team competitions. She graduated in December 2016 with her Masters degree in Arts Administration from Indiana University.