Introducing the 70th Line
Social Officer President
Not Pictured- Alexa Martinez, Brenda Sanchez
First Row- Head Guards-Kimberly Vargas, Jacky Ayala
Second Row- Alejandro Salinas, Priscilla Hernandez, Julia Kennedy, Jessica Treto, Josue Gaona. Not Pictured-Emily Soto, Isabella Ruiz
Director- Mrs. Leah Longoria Huggins
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 from Starmakers Competition and Performance Camps as a Starmaker Gold Star recipient for her duet work with Brittany Lopez, and Miss Starmaker dance finalist. Her senior year she was 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 solos and team routines for dozens of schools in McKinney ISD, Plano ISD, Fort Worth ISD, and Dallas ISD.
Leah was a five year member of Dallas Dance Company.
Mrs. Huggins has presented at the state Texas Dance Educators Association Conference twice.
This is Mrs. Huggins 13th year at Sunset High School. She is currently the Dance Company Director, Bisonette Drill Team Director, Dance I-IV instructor, and dance pathway instructor. She is married to her high school sweetheart Rylie. They have two children and reside in North Dallas.
Asst. Director- Mr. Jonathan Arredondo
Jonathan Arredondo was born in Mexico and was raised in Dallas, TX. His biggest passions include his family, serving people through his craft, and dance education. Dance invariably allows him to express every thought, idea, emotion, and experience in various creative ways. Jonathan began his dance training at Molina High School in Dallas, TX. His past experiences in competitive sporting competition since the age of 5 prepared him for a career that would be competitive and physically challenging.
Motivation for a career in dance was his aesthetic development in performing on stage, combined with his deep appreciation of theatrical dance styles. Jonathan decided to pursue a career in dance at Dallas College-Mountain View Campus. He is an MVC Dance Company veteran and his favorite company memories include performing in the 2015 Tribute to the 1940’s Swing Dance Production and dancing with his wife, Lucero, in the 2017 Caribbean dance production. Jonathan has trained in partner dance for over 10 years and has experience in Jazz Dance, Ballet, Paso Doble, Folklorico, Contemporary Modern Dance, Swing Dance, and various Latin Dance forms.
Jonathan has had the privilege of working with various talented choreographers around the Metroplex and has performed in a variety of productions. Jonathan Arredondo graduated from Texas Woman’s University, having completed his B.A. in Dance and Minor in Education. Arredondo wants to teach because he wants to impart leadership, humility, opportunity, and knowledge within dance content to young dance students.
This is Jonathan's first year at Sunset High School and he strives to inspire his students to value ideas of knowledge and leadership.