Hillary Smith began dancing at the age of 6 in Houston, Tx at Abbott’s Performing Arts Center. She continued her training there, as well as competing under the direction of Paula Abbott, until she graduated high school. During her time competing, she won many overall awards, including titles and scholarships from various competitions at the regional and national levels. As a title holder, she had the honor of being asked to represent a competition in Ft. Myers, Florida for a hurricane Katrina benefit. Her sophomore year, she began assisting and teaching classes at her dance studio. She also started gymnastics at the age of 3 and continued to take classes for many years until deciding to switch to tumbling, which she proceeded to do throughout high school. In 2006 she auditioned and was accepted into the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts where she graduated from as a dance major.
After high school, Hillary was 1 of 25 students who were accepted into the dance program at the University of Arizona, out of about 800 applicants. During her time in college, she had the opportunity to train with many well known teachers and choreographers. During the summers, she would teach dance at local studios to continute to share her passion. In 2012 she graduated Cum Laude with a B.F.A., majoring in dance.
Upon graduating, Hillary has taught various styles of dance to students of all ages and ability. Her choreography has won many overall awards at both regional and national competitions. She teaches ballet, tap, jazz, stretch and strength, and acro. She also recently recieved her certification as a Crossfit Level 1 trainer and enjoys coaching in Magnolia.