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Meet our Owner and Director, Jillian Hughes! Jillian began dancing at the age of 2 years old under the instruction of her mom, Donna Hughes. After moving to Abilene from Chicago, IL, Jillian began dancing and training at Ballet Abilene. The Lord then took her family to Amarillo, TX, where she became passionate about dance and continued her training at Lone Star Ballet. At 15 years old, the Lord opened the door for Jillian to move to New York City and train with the Joffrey Ballet School. Under the instruction of many world-renowned artists and performers, Jillian began auditioning for several different companies. She was accepted into Alonzo King Lines Ballet in San Francisco but began her teaching career in Austin, TX. Through teaching, Jillian combined her heart for children and her passion for dance. Donna and Jillian opened Ballet Amarillo in Amarillo, TX in 2017 before moving back to Abilene. Ballet at Beltway has been a lifelong prayer for Jillian and she is amazed to see how the Lord is working through this program. She loves her students and is so blessed to be able to do what she does all for His Glory!

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Meet Adi Cate! Growing up in San Antonio, Adi became enthralled with ballet at age 4 when she started taking classes. Adi attended the Performing Arts School of Classical Ballet from ages 4-9 and then again from 13-18, taking a break for a few years because her family didn’t have time for the drive. However, her love for dancing remained, and she continued dancing at home. From ages 16 on, Adi had a few opportunities to perform solos from various classical pieces for spring and winter recitals with her studio. When she came to ACU for college, she was able to keep dancing through events such as Freshman Follies and Sing Song, but missed the world of ballet. When she discovered Ballet at Beltway and how they teach dance as worship, she immediately wanted to get involved. She is so excited and grateful to teach and mentor students as we dance together for the glory of God!

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Meet Kortnie Coffey! Kortnie Coffey has been dancing since she was three years old, starting with baby ballet and jazz, and has been seriously studying ballet for over fifteen years. She has danced with many studios in Abilene over the years and has enjoyed performing in countless recitals, as well as local events and productions such as “Christmas in November”, and “City Sidewalks”. Her other credits include performing as a children’s corps member in Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker”, HSU’s production of “Orfeo ed Eurydice”, and touring all over Texas with the former local company, Ballet Eleve, when she was in high school. 
Since graduating high school, Kortnie has taught all levels of ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, and contemporary. She has also choreographed and coached dancers in group and solo pieces for competitions that have been awarded and given high scores. 
Kortnie graduated Thomas Edison State University with her BA in English in 2019. 
Afterward, Kortnie spent a year dancing, choreographing, and performing at Abilene Christian University. 
She continues to dance as a member of Abilene Ballet Theatre, performing in “The Nutcracker” and other ABT productions. 
Sharing her love of dance with the next generation of ballerinas, whether one on one in private lessons or with a class full of tiny dancers, is her greatest joy.

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