Participating and training in the performing arts is a wonderful way to build self-esteem, creativity, discipline, and team work skills. We will work to build up our students in all of these areas while creating lasting relationships and friendships. Our goal is to create not only skilled performers, but the next generation of artists. Everyone has the right to create art.
Lawton Ballet Theatre is proud to include the AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough 8 level program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development. The ABT® National Training Curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels.
Pointe technique is the part of classical ballet technique that concerns pointe work, in which a ballet dancer supports all body weight on the tips of fully extended feet within pointe shoes. … Pointe technique resulted from a desire for female dancers to appear weightless and sylph-like. In our program you myst be atleast 10 years old and gave a teacher’s approval to start pointe.
Tap is a dance performed wearing shoes fitted with metal taps, characterized by rhythmical tapping of the toes and heels. Our program teaches classic and musical theatre style tap as well as commercial tap.
Jazz dance is an umbrella term that can refer to several related dance styles. All of them are connected via common roots, namely tap, ballet, jazz music, and African-American rhythms and dance. History. Jazz dance originated from the African American vernacular dance of the late 1800s to the mid-1900s. In our program we teach musical theatre jazz, commercial jazz, and African jazz.
Modern is a free, expressive style of dancing started in the early 20th century as a reaction to classical ballet. In recent years it has included elements not usually associated with dance, such as speech and film. Our program focuses on Horton and Graham technique.
Lyrical dance has been defined as a dance style that embodies various aspects of ballet, jazz, acrobatics, modern, and hip hop, while still maintaining its autonomy. It has been strongly associated with clearly displayed emotional moods, fast-moving choreographic strategies, emphasis on virtuosic display, illustration of song lyrics, and, in group form, exact unison. The style is usually danced at a faster pace than ballet but not as fast as jazz.
We believe a good performer is a well rounded performer. Our program includes classes such as Acting that focus on acting methods and theories; Musical Theatre with singing dancing and acting; Stage combat, that teaches safe ways to choreograph stage fighting; Stage makeup, that teaches basic stage and special effect makeup; and Technical theatre, that teaches simple to complex sound and lighting techniques used in theaters across the country. Students have the opportunity to perform in two musicals presented by LBT every season.
There are many opportunities to perform at Lawton Ballet Theatre. There are two Musical performed every season by the Theatre students. One Christmas Musical in December and a Musical chosen by the staff performed in the Spring. Ballet students have the opportunity to perform in The Nutcracker presented every December and the Spring Recital every May. All dance class students have the opportunity to perform in the Spring Recital. LBT Company Dancers perform in two competitions plus many community events. Choreography and Technical Theatre students will create a showcase during their classes and present their work in the studio auditorium in the spring. No matter what class you take, there is always performance opportunity at LBT.
Hip-hop dance refers to street dance styles primarily performed to hip-hop music or that have evolved as part of hip-hop culture. It includes a wide range of styles primarily breaking which was created in the 1970s and made popular by dance crews in the United States.
“I absolutely love Lawton Ballet Theatre. The family dynamic you have there is a one of a kind experience. Teachers are very knowledgeable in their specific fields. With ABT certified Katie Veenhuizen as an instructor, she pushes her students to be their absolute best, and expects no less from her instructors.”
“We love LBT! It has a wonderful atmosphere with great teachers. My children have learned confidence and teamwork along with dance. It has classes for all ages and convenient class times!”
“LBT is an amazing studio for all 3 of our daughters. They offer age appropriate dance lessons with modifications for each dancer to learn at their own pace within the group setting. Our daughters enjoy every minute of it because they are pushed to do their best with encouraging yet constructive tips. LBT has become a big part of our lives and we all love them for the time they put into the arts. Recitals are put together in such a creative way with many hands contributing to the show.”
Year round enrollment means you never miss a chance to dance. And, with multiple classes offered throughout the week, there is a class to work with your schedule. In addition to ballet, we offer Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Acro and more!
Classes starting at $60/month
2019-2020 Season starts August 5th
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Katie Barnett Veenhuizen
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 is an ABT® Affiliate Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 3; of the ABT® National TrainingCurriculum and has successfully presented students for examinations.
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.
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, work as the Production Director at Lawton First Assembly and currently is the Audio/Visual Lead Technician at Apache Casino Hotel