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Hunter Richard



 

My name is Hunter Richard and I was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana. Dancing has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember; since the age of two years old, I’ve been at the dance studio expressing myself through this art and growing more and more passionate about it every day. In total, I have trained at three studios: L.A. Dance, Dance Warehouse Inc., and The Movement Dance Academy. Around the age of six years old, I switched from L.A. Dance to Dance Warehouse Inc. because of the studio going out of business. I continued to learn and progress after I switched and began to dance competitively at eight years old. Having the opportunity to attend convention classes and compete made my love for dance grow even more. However, as I grew older, I knew that there were bigger and better things for me outside of the studio I was currently attending.

            I switched from Dance Warehouse Inc. to The Movement Dance Academy when I was sixteen years old. Although it was the hardest decision I’ve ever made thus far, it was also the best choice I’ve made for myself. At The Movement Dance Academy, I was able to dance more hours throughout the week, be pushed by other amazing dancers, and learn from professional choreographers, such as Blake McGrath, Dee Caspary, Billy Bell, Eddie Strachan, Alexander Chung, Shannon Mather, and many more.

            Outside of performing, I enjoy playing golf, painting, and spending a lot of time with family and friends. Without the support of many important people in my life, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Besides my parents, who are my number one supporters, three women have influenced me and changed my life for the better. Stephanie Manuel, Jennifer Matthews, and Caroline Harris Favaloro (who was also a part of bloc Agency) are like family to me and I don’t know where I would be without them. They have all put so much of their time and effort into making me into the dancer I am today, and I honestly cannot thank them enough for it.

            My first big performance was in 2015 for Velocity Dance Convention, when I attended their national competition as one of the MVA’s (Maximum Velocity Artist). I had the opportunity of performing with Becky G to her hit song “Shower” and working with choreographers Kyle Hanagami and Tessandra Chavez. It was such an amazing honor and experience to dance behind Becky G and learn from the best of the best.

            My favorite quote is by Pablo Picasso, and it says, “Everything that you can imagine is real.” This saying gives me reassurance that I have the ability to do whatever I put my mind to. I always knew I wanted to dance professionally ever since I was a child, but I have constantly been told by people that I would never make it in the industry or that my dreams are too big to be realistic. This opportunity with bloc Agency means the world to me because it is such a huge stepping stone for my future in the dance industry and even more outside of dance. I do believe that all of my hard work and passion for dance is going to pay off in the end, and I could not be more excited for everything that is to come.