About Ballet Magnificat!

The People of Ballet Magnificat!

Kathy Thibodeaux

Kathy Thibodeaux

Founder & Artistic Director
Choreographer
Alpha Company Artist

Kathy Thibodeaux began her dance training at the age of six with the Jackson Ballet School under the direction of Albia Kavan and Rex Cooper.  When the Jackson Ballet Company turned professional in 1978, Kathy was one of the first dancers to be contracted.  Soon after being a contracted dancer, Kathy soared to the highest levels of the company, becoming a Principal Dancer, a position she held successfully until 1986.  During her tenure with the Jackson Ballet (later Ballet Mississippi), she appeared as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, the Pigtail Girl in Graduation Ball, Odette in Swan Lake - Act II, Taglioni in Pas de Quatre, and had leading roles in Les Sylphides and La Bayadere - Act II.  She has danced principal roles in John Butler’s Othello, Todd Bolendar’s Stillpoint, Jean-Paul Comelin’s Daughter of Morning, and William Christensen’s Bravura, as well as such traditional grand pas de deux as Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, and Raymonda.  In 1982, Kathy was awarded a silver medal for her performance at the II USA International Ballet Competition (IBC), where she premiered her solo piece We Shall Behold Him.  She was featured in the 90-minute ABC/PBS documentary, “To Dance for Gold", where it documented her progress through the II USA IBC and her silver medal win.  She has been a guest instructor at several of the USA International Ballet Competitions and has performed for their Gala in Jackson, Mississippi.  Her desire to use her God-given talent of dance to share her faith in Jesus Christ led Kathy to resign from Ballet Mississippi and found her own company, Ballet Magnificat!, in 1986.  Through the creation of Ballet Magnificat!, Kathy has performed many ensemble, solo, and principal roles as well as choreographed several works for the company and these pieces include: Creation (1987),  Regathering (1988), Light Eternal (1989), Joy (1989),  Thy Kingdom Come (1989), A Christmas Festival (1991), Praise Magnificat (1992), Sanctuary (1992), sections of Savior (1996), Unveiled Hope (1997), Freedom (2002), A Christmas Dream (2006) sans the “Battle Scene”, and sections of Snow Queen (2011).  In 2006, Kathy authored a children's book based on the ballet A Christmas Dream which she choreographed in honor of Ballet Magnificat!'s 20 anniversary.  In 1983, “Kathy Thibodeaux Day” was proclaimed by order of Mississippi Governor William Winter, a commendation by Mississippi Governor Ray Mabus was issued in 1989, and a resolution commending Kathy was given by the Alabama Senate in 1998.  In 2008, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, along with Peavey Music Founder Hartley Peavey, presented Kathy with the annual Hartley D. Peavey Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence.  In February 2017, Kathy and Keith pioneered Ballet Magnificat! Brasil, a professional trainee program and performance company headquartered in Curitiba, Brazil. Later in 2017 Kathy transitioned from full time touring with the Alpha Company to oversee more of the day-to-day operations of the companies, Trainee Program and School of the Arts in the Jackson, MS office. She and Keith travel to Brazil several times each year to direct and build the Ballet Magnificat! Brasil program. Kathy’s passion for the Lord is so evident and she pours herself into serving God and His people through praising Him with the dance. She feels very grateful to be living this life of service and working with her husband, Keith Thibodeaux.  Kathy and Keith have one daughter, Tara Drew, a dancer, teacher, and choreographer, who is married to Bryce Drew, former player in the NBA and head basketball coach at Vabderbilt University. Tara trained at Ballet Magnificat!, performed with the company for several years, and has set many works on the companies including The Arrival and Stratagem. Tara and Bryce Drew have one son, Bryson. 


Kathy Thibodeaux começou seu treinamento em dança aos seis anos de idade com a Jackson Ballet School sob a direção de Albia Kavan e Rex Cooper. Quando a Jackson Ballet Company tornou-se profissional em 1978, Kathy foi uma das primeiras bailarinas a serem contratadas. Logo depois de ser contratada, ela chegou às posições mais altas dentro da Companhia, tornando-se a bailarina principal,  posição que manteve com êxito até 1986.

Durante seu tempo com o Jackson Ballet (mais tarde, Ballet Mississippi), ela fez apresentações como a Fada Açucarada em O Quebra Nozes, Pigtail Girl em Graduation Ball, Odette em Lago dos Cisnes - Ato II, Taglioni em Pas de Quatre, e encabeçou papéis importantes em Les Sylphides e La Bayadere - Ato II. Dançou como papel principal em Othello de John Butler, em Stillpoint de Todd Bolendar, a Filha da Manhã de Jean-Paul Comelin e Bravura de William Christensen, assim como no tradicional Grand Pas de Deux, Dom Quixote, O Corsário e Raymonda.

 Em 1982, Kathy recebeu uma medalha de prata por sua atuação no II International Ballet Competition (IBC), onde estreou sua peça solo We Shall Behold Him. Ela foi apresentada no documentário de 90 minutos do ABC / PBS, "To Dance for Gold", onde foi documentado o seu progresso através do II IBC dos Estados Unidos e a conquista de sua medalha de prata.

 Kathy é constantemente chamada como professora /instrutora convidada em várias competições Internacionais de Ballet dos EUA e tem realizado performances na apresentação de Gala em Jackson, Mississippi. Seu desejo de usar seu dom na dança para compartilhar sua fé em Jesus Cristo levou Kathy a se demitir de Ballet Mississippi e fundar sua própria companhia, o Ballet Magnificat!, em 1986. Através da criação do Ballet Magnificat, Kathy desempenhou muitos papéis principais, solo e em conjunto, bem como coreografou vários trabalhos para a companhia;  essas peças incluem: Creation (1987), Regathering (1988), Light Eternal (1989), Joy (1989), Thy Kingdom Come(1989), A Christmas Festival (1991), Praise Magnificat (1992), Sanctuary (1992), sections of Savior (1996), Unveiled Hope (1997), Freedom (2002), A Christmas Dream (2006) assim como "Battle Scene", e partes de Snow Queen (2011). Em 2006, Kathy escreveu um livro para crianças com base no balé "A Christmas Dream", que ela o coreografou em homenagem ao 20º aniversário do Ballet Magnificat!

Em 1983, o "Dia de Kathy Thibodeaux" foi proclamado por ordem do então governador do Mississippi, William Winter. Um elogio público do governador do Mississippi de 1989, Ray Mabus, também foi publicado, e uma resolução que elogia Kathy, dada pelo Senado do Alabama em 1998. Em 2008, o governador do Mississippi, Haley Barbour, juntamente com a fundadora da Peavey Music, Hartley Peavey, apresentou a Kathy o prêmio anual Hartley D. Peavey pela excelência empresarial.

A paixão de Kathy pelo Senhor é tão evidente que ela tem entregue sua vida para servir a Deus e ao Seu povo, louvando-o com a dança. Ela sente-se muito grata por viver essa vida de serviço e trabalhar com o marido, Keith Thibodeaux. Kathy e Keith têm uma filha, Tara Drew, que é dançarina, professora e coreógrafa, casada com Bryce Drew, ex-jogador da NBA e treinador de basquete principal da Universidade de Valparaiso. Tara também dançou no Ballet Magnificat!