Mrs. Pilukaitis is excited to be an Allen Eagle after moving from Austin where she directed the award-winning Anderson High School Trojan Belles dance team. She actually started her career nearby as the JV director at South Garland High School. Prior to that, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Dance degree with secondary teacher certification at Texas Woman’s University having studied teaching, choreography, and dance including modern, contemporary, improvisation, ballet, and jazz, and tap.
Her passion for dance started early in life and led her from being a high school drill team officer to ultimately becoming a lieutenant in the world famous Kilgore College Rangerettes and leader of the Swingsters dance group. She performed in an assortment of arenas include the Crystal Charity Ball in Dallas, Dallas Cowboys Football game, parades in Chicago and New York, and the annual Rangerette Revels spring show. Mrs. Pilukaitis had the privilege to serve on the Association Dance Educators Assessment of Learning panel, to be a member of Out on a Limb modern dance company, and to perform with Defiance dance company for one year. She also taught and choreographed for American dance Drill team School, and currently teaches for Encore Creative Productions.
She looks forward to helping current and futureTallenettes and dance students to flourish at Allen High School!
Tallenettes Assistant Director:
Mrs. Natalie Kirkpatrick
Mrs. Kirkpatrick is thrilled to be a part of the Allen Tallenettes Drill Team as the new Assistant Director. She graduated from the University of North Texas where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Dance and minored in communications. While at North Texas she studied modern, ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, and improvisation. She also performed in guest artist choreography, as well as choreographed dance pieces herself. While at UNT, Mrs. Kirkpatrick was also proud to have served as a member of Chi Omega Sorority, where she fundraised and participated with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Mrs. Kirkpatrick grew up in Tyler, Texas where she was a member of the Candy Crocker School of Dance for fifteen years and competed with the Candy Crocker Company and Elite dance teams. Her dance team competed in many competitions a year, one being a competition where they qualified four years in a row to perform in the televised Thanksgiving Dallas Cowboy Halftime show with the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders and artists Sheryl Crow, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, and the Jonas Brothers. Mrs. Kirkpatrick was also in the Tyler Lee Southern Belle Drill Team her junior year and a Drill Team Officer her senior year of high school. For the past nine years, she has served as an instructor and choreographer for Marching Auxiliaries of America. She continues to assist as a judge during contest season.
Mrs. Kirkpatrick is ready and looking forward to an amazing year with the Tallenettes Drill Team. She strives to help students reach their goals, build their dance skills, and support and encourage them this school year. She is also looking forward to building relationships and working with the freshmen as their dance instructor.