Ballet Magnificat!

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Ballet Magnificat! is a professional Christian ballet company founded in Mississippi in 1986 and located in the state capital, Jackson.[1] It has been described as the premiere Christian dance company in the United States.[2] Their professional touring companies have performed both nationally and internationally. In 1989 Ballet Magnificat began offering classes to local dancers through their School of the Arts. They also began a Summer Dance Intensive in that same year that now attracts hundreds of dancers from around the world every year.

The executive and artistic directors are Keith and Kathy Thibodeaux respectively.[3] The company's base, Jackson, is the same city as the USA International Ballet Competition.

Many television fans know Keith Thibodeaux as the child actor and drum prodigy who played Ricky Ricardo, Jr. ("Little Ricky") on the I Love Lucy television series which starred Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. The show aired from 1951 through 1957 and his stage name on the show was Richard Keith.


  1. ^ Lucas, Sherry (8 April 2015). "Ballet Mag goes 'quirky' with Jackson premiere". The Clarion-Ledger. Retrieved 3 May 2015. 
  2. ^ Doyle, Alicia (April 19, 2008). "Troupe of Christian dancers to perform". Ventura County Star. Camarillo, CA. Archived from the original on June 13, 2013. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Directors". Ballet Magnificat!. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 

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