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.

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“This place is pretty much my first home. I have been dancing here for a while. ABT instructor, Katie, is very encouraging and energetic as well. If you are considering dancing here, I would sign up right away! I love all of the teachers and the people. I’ve learned things that I never knew were things here. Most of our teachers are about ready to go to college and leave the studio but we’ve got another batch of them ready to teach us. Thank you for spending your time reading this and I hope you join us!”
Naima Ellis Google Reviews

“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.”

Nicole Lloyd Google Reviews

“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!”

Paula Ruple Google Reviews

“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.”

Tanya Ellis Google Reviews


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

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 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.

Heather Martin


Hi, my name is Heather Martin & I have been lead-teaching at LBT since 2017! I am 20 y.o. junior Music, Vocal Performance major with a minor in Theatre Arts at Cameron University. I have been performing on stages since I was three years old & it is my main passion, so I love to pass it on to the younger generation of dancers!

Emily Borden


I’m Miss Emily and dancing is one of my favorite things ! I’ve been dancing since I was four and dancing at LBT since I was ten. This will be my second year teaching. My favorite kind of dance is jazz and my favorite dance move is any kind of leaps !

Samantha Shady


Hi I’m Miss Samantha and this will be my second year teaching at LBT! My passion is to dance and I love passing it on to my students. My favorite style of dance is ballet and my favorite move are turns!

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, work as the Production Director at Lawton First Assembly and currently is the Audio/Visual Lead Technician at Apache Casino Hotel

Emmalee Hamilton


Emmalee has been dancing since the age of 3. She started at a small studio in her hometown called Graceful Expressions, it was there where her love for dance and performing would begin. Emmalee’s experience with dance includes Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Modern, Contemporary, Lyrical, Flamenco, and Bollywood. She’s been with Lawton Ballet Theatre for 3 years, during this time she would perform various roles in the Winter production of The Nutcracker and their Spring recitals. Some of these roles include Coffee from Arabia, Flotsam in The Little Mermaid, Sophie in Anastasia, and her most recent role being Olaf in Frozen. When Emmalee is not at the dance studio, she loves to perform in musicals where she can do everything that she has a great passion for on stage, singing, dancing, and acting. She’s been performing with Lawton Community Theatre for 3 years since she was 14. There she would perform in many musicals including her most recent being Mamma Mia!, where she would play the role of Sophie Sheridan. Emmalee has also performed with Duncan Little Theatre where she was Alice in their 2020 production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Emmalee is continuing to spread her love for the arts by performing in musicals, recitals, and now teaching.

Stephanie Sabol


Stephanie Sabol is an upcoming senior in her Theatre Performance degree at Cameron University this 2020-2021 school year. She has been heavily involved in the arts since childhood. At the age of 11 Stephanie began volunteering at the Lawton a community theatre and has hit the ground running ever since. Along with her knowledge of technical theatre she has worked on and performed in many shows and has been able to put directing on her resume. Some of her notable credits include Gypsy, Oklahoma!, and Peter Pan At Lawton Community Theatre as well as Vanya, Sonia, Masha, and Spike, The Tempest, Legally Blonde: The Musical, The Little Mermaid, and The Clean House at Cameron University. Stephanie has been an instructor at LBT since 2018 and is our current Director of Theatre Education.




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