Rachel and Luke Hunt (pictured right) are passionate about the Arts and their community.  Together, they own and manage Dance Across Cleburne located at 210 N. Main Street.  Rachel has 20 years of experience as a dance instructor and has won numerous awards and competitions across the United States.

 Early Life

Rachel Hunt has been dancing all her life. Like a lot of little girls, Rachel studied ballet, jazz & tap off and on at several studios in the Fort Worth area.

When she was 13, she auditioned for the performing company at Scarborough Faire Renaissance Festive in Waxahachie, and was cast as a member of the English Country Dance Troup – a position she held for 5 seasons.

 As a teenager, she attended the Creative Arts Theatre School (CATS) in Arlington, studying dance and theatre and appearing in regular pubic performances.

Meanwhile, Rachel was also accepted into the Professional Youth Conservatory (a private performing arts high school in Fort Worth) where she studied singing, theatre and dance.

By the age of 17, Rachel was dancing in 2 amateur dance companies, assisting her ballet teacher, and leading Scarborough’s Country Dance Troup as a Master Performer.

To California

After high school she moved to California where she continued with both amateur and professional theatre, and even a little radio work.

While in California, she met her husband Luke. A Cal State San Bernardino Theatre graduate, Luke was involved in local radio, theatre and film, so it’s not surprising that Rachel and Luke should meet through mutual friends.

Together, Rachel and Luke continued to pursue music, theatre, film and television work and started a mobile DJ company as they struggled to support their young family.

Mike Hudson

Mike Hudson started dancing when he was just a teenager. After a full career in the Navy, living all over the world, and gathering countless fascinating stories, he’s come full circle. Mike has always loved working with people and moving to music.

 After retiring from the Navy, focusing on dancing was finally a priority. After studying dance as student for 7 years, Mike decided it was time to turn pro. He enrolled in our Intern/Teacher Training program here at Dance Across Cleburne in 2014.

But teaching is hardly new to Mike. He’s been a professional Motorcycle Safety Instructor for over 30 years.  His natural patience and years of experience really show in his lessons. All of his students love his relaxed style and interesting stories.  He specializes in teaching beginning and intermediate level social dancing to ladies and couples.  If you’re a new dancer, you’ll love having Mike as a teacher!

Anna Looney

Anna is a well known dancer on the Plaza Theatre stage, performing in such highly acclaimed shows as White Christmas, Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid, and Singin’ In the Rain. An all around performer, Anna has also studied voice and performed as an actress in non-musical plays as well. She worked several seasons as a counselor for the Plaza Summer Theatre Camp, working with children. She also studied massage, gaining valuable exposure to the fields of anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology. Anna started dancing when she was just 5 years old, taking ballet & tap as a child. After a short break, she picked it back up in high school, continuing with ballet, tap & adding musical theatre & ballroom.

Anna joined Dance Across Cleburne in the spring of 2017 as an intern/teacher trainee where she took to teaching partner dancing like a duck to water. Since then she has helped create the Teen Swing class and the Dancing Tweens program, as well as being an important part of our video production crew.

When asked what she likes best about teaching dance, she says, “Helping people discover the dancer inside them.”

Join one of Anna’s group classes or request her as a private teacher!

Rachel & Luke Hunt

Rachel Hunt (continued)

Discovering Partner Dance

After the second child was born, Luke gave a wonderful gift to his wife – he took her to a Swing dancing class -- and she was hooked. Rachel determined right away to pursue teaching partner dancing as a career.

She entered a training program at a local Ballroom studio in San Bernardino and was fortunate enough to have some very good coaches including (occasionally) Ron Montez. She worked hard to improve her dancing, eventually passing her ISTD Silver level teacher’s exam.

Competition

In 2001, Luke, Rachel and family moved back to Rachel’s native land. Once in Texas, Luke went to work as a DJ, and Rachel found a wonderful Ballroom Studio in Fort Worth where she could teach and continue to improve. Eventually, Rachel began participating in Regional and Dancesport competitions dancing with students and with her professional partner.  In 2005, Rachel and her partner took second place in the Professional American Rhythm Category at the Southwestern Invitational and Fifth place at the St. Louis Star Ball.

Cleburne

In 2008, after 10 years in the business, Rachel was offered the opportunity to manage a new studio in Cleburne Texas. Since Luke and the children were already part of Cleburne community theatre, Rachel saw working in Cleburne as a wonderful chance to be closer to them.  After 2 years as manager, Rachel was offered the opportunity to buy the business. Rachel and Luke had become so attached to the students and to the Cleburne community that they were thrilled to become studio owners. After a year in business, the name was changed and Dance Across Cleburne was born.

Jillian Adair

Jillian Adair has been dancing since she was 5 years old when her parents asked her if she wanted to do soccer like her sisters, or try dance instead. Jill chose dance. Since then, Jill has immersed herself, studying ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, hip hop, and modern, even winning several dance scholarships over the years. Jill also started working as a dance teaching assistant when she was just 14. Somewhere along the way, Jill realized that dance was more than a hobby for her – she was serious and wanted a career in the industry. To that end, she applied and was accepted to the Texas Women’s University to pursue a BA in dance. She is on track to graduate in spring 2018, with a plan to earn an MFA as well. Eventually she plans to own a studio.

In the summer of 2017, Jill joined the internship/teacher trainee program here at Dance Across Cleburne.  Like a true pro, Jill has taken to partner dancing with lightning speed, completing her initial training in record time and charming her first students like the natural teacher she is. She has also helped created our new Dancing Tweens youth program, slated to start in the fall of 2017.   
Quote: “For me, dancing is my first love, my escape, and part of my identity.”

Join Jill for one of her group classes or request her for a private lesson!

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