About

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Katie Barnett-Veenhuizen
Artistic Director

Katie has been performing since age 4. During 14 years of training at her hometown studio, she danced almost all of the corps roles in The Nutcracker, and the lead roles of Coffee from Arabia, The Columbine Doll, and the Dew Drop Fairy. This instilled a life long passion for The Nutcracker Ballet, something she is very excited to bring to Lawton.
Katie has her BFA in Dance, with a concentration in modern and a BFA in Theatre, with a Musical Theatre emphasis from Valdosta State University. There she performed in the ballet Sleeping Beauty as The White Cat as well as various other theatrical productions.
After completing her degree she went on to work professionally with many theatres and theme parks around Florida, including performing with Universal Studios. After moving to Lawton, she took a position teaching with Oklahoma City Ballet. While working there, created the curriculum for and taught Chance to Dance, a dance class designed specifically for children with Down Syndrome. She hopes to bring the philosophy “Everyone can create art” to Lawton Ballet Theatre by offering classes for differently abled students.

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Scott Veenhuizen
Managing Director

Scott has worked in the entertainment industry for 12 years managing stages, technical departments, and designs. Scott has a Bachelor of Science in Entertainment business focusing on business management and law. Recently, Scott has worked in Orlando supervising the technical department at a theme park and currently works as the Production Director at Lawton First Assembly.

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Cat Jackson
Instructor

Cat is a longtime supporter and participant of performance arts. Cat spent ten years studying classical ballet along with other dance forms including jazz, hip-hop, and pointe. She performed in many ballet productions and variations including The Nutcracker and Bolero as well as maintaining a role in her studio’s company in Tulsa, OK. Her roles in The Nutcracker include corps roles such as Baby Mouse, Clown, Candy Cane, Snowflake, and Flower. Most recently, Cat participated in LBT’s first Nutcracker performance as the Maid, Snowflake, and Snow Queen Understudy. Additionally, Cat has extensive experience in public speaking, acting, and vocal music. She first discovered her passion for the theater when participating in her middle school honors choir where she received the role of Peppermint Patty in “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” after her first theater audition. In high school, Cat participated for her high school’s Speech team her accolades in acting events including Humorous Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, Humorous Duet, and Poetry.

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Sarah Burk
Instructor

Sarah has been dancing since she was 3 years old. Most of her dance years she spent taking ballet, tap, jazz, modern and hip hop. She had semi-soloist roles such as the huntsman in the ballet “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, and a lead role as the Liberty Bell in the ballet “Stars and Stripes”. She joined her high school pom team, Lawton’s very own MacArthur HIghlanderettes! She was on the team for all 4 years of her high-school career, Earning a total of 9 out of 9 Superior ribbons and an All-American title. Being part of the Highlanderettes, she had an amazing time performing during half-time of the Alamo Bowl. She is currently going to Cameron University and was apart on the Cameron Spirit Squad for 2 years, and enjoyed being a member of the Dance squad.

Kassandra Duran
Accompanist

Kassandra is a native of Lawton and began taking piano lessons at nine years old. She is a recent graduate from Cameron University and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in music with a minor concentration in marketing. She has studied with Dr. Thomas Labé and still continues to grow as a teacher and performer through his instruction. In her undergraduate work, Kassandra has performed with a variety of chamber music ensembles, and many four-hand piano ensembles. She currently teaches privately and occasionally accompanies for Lawton’s First Presbyterian Church in her free time.