Sarah Henderson: Founder and director
Sarah began dancing in 1996 at the age of 6 and received her early dance training at Kentucky Repertoire Dance Theatre. She went on to study at Bluegrass Youth Ballet and there performed several lead roles including Sugar Plumb Fairy in The Nutcracker and Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty. She attended Governor’s School for the Arts in 2007 for dance and later studied in programs at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and Ballet Magnificat on scholarship. In 2009, she was accepted as a trainee to Ballet Magnificat and danced and performed in Jackson, Mississippi from 2009-2010. Upon her return to Kentucky in 2010, Sarah joined Kentucky Ballet Theater's professional company and performed and toured for three years under the Artistic direction of Norbe Risco. In the Fall of 2010, Sarah became the founder and director of Gloria Deo School of the Arts and the artistic director of Lexington Christian Fellowship’s Ballet Gloria Deo. Since conception, Ballet Gloria Deo has performed throughout Central Kentucky at major theaters, universities, schools, churches, and retirement homes, ministering and sharing the gospel through dance. Sarah has choreographed and directed several original ballets including The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, The Journey of the Prodigal, Esther, Toymaker’s Son, Beloved, Found Faithful, and The Story of Ruth. Sarah is now excited to be entering her 7th year as director of Gloria Deo School of the Arts!
Jennifer Baubkus: Academy Instructor
Jen was born in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. She received her training from Faubourg School of Ballet under Artistic Director, Watmora Casey and Ballet Mistress, Tatyana Mazur. With Faubourg Ballet Theatre, she performed soloist roles in Paquita, Raymonda, Don Quixote, Coppélia, and Le Corsaire, as well as contemporary works by Choreographers, Camille Turner and Victor Ramirez.
Ms. Baubkuscontinued her studies at Butler University, majoring in Dance Arts Administration.During her time at Butler University, she was awarded the Eileen Poston Dance Scholarship. Ms. Baubkus received her Bachelor of Science from Butler University in 2014. With Butler Ballet, she performed various classical full-length ballets and contemporary works, including the world premier of En Camino, a piece by internationally renowed choreographer, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano.
Ms. Baubkus went on to dance professionally with Kentucky Ballet Theatre. She has performed roles in Paquita, La Sylphide, The Night Before Christmas, Beauty & the Beast, Cinderella, Raymonda, La Vivandiere, Calles de Tango, Beethoven, and The Nutcracker. This is her second season with Kentucky Ballet Theatre, as well as her second year performing at Ballet Under the Stars.
David Goud: Academy Instructor
Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, David trained in the martial art Tae Kwon Do until he started ballet classes at age 15. Two years later he became a dance major at Butler University, and at age 19 he accepted a contract with the Louisville Ballet under the direction of Alun Jones and Helen Starr. David rose quickly through the ranks of the Louisville Ballet and became its youngest Principal Dancer. In 1991, the Mayor proclaimed May 11th as “David Goud Day” in recognition for his talent and community outreach. An explosive and dramatic dancer, David performed a variety of roles with the Louisville Ballet including, “Apollo” and “The Steadfast Tin Soldier” choreographed by George Balanchine, The King in David Parsons’ “The Envelope,” Basilio in the full- length “Don Quixote,” Romeo in “Romeo and Juliet,” The Cavalier and Snow Prince in “The Nutcracker,” The Young Boy in Antony Tudor’s “Little Improvisations,” and appeared in numerous other works by international choreographers. During his tenure with the Louisville Ballet, David taught technique and pas de deux classes for the Company and apprentices. In 2000, David left the Louisville Ballet to dance, teach and choreograph around the country, and became a resident guest artist and teacher for the University of Louisville Dance Academy, Chattanooga Ballet and the Northwest Florida Ballet. In 2006, David was awarded the Tennessee Arts Commission Fellowship in Dance Performance. From 2002-2011, David designed and delivered dance outreach programs for New Performing Arts and was nominated for the Kentucky Arts Council’s Governor’s Award for Arts Education in 2011. From 2011-2013, David was a teacher for the Northwest Florida Ballet Academie and a Principal Dancer with the Northwest Florida Ballet. David enjoys traveling the country and is passionate about sharing his love for classical ballet.
Keturah Cook: Academy Instructor
Keturah began her early ballet training at the Evergreen City Ballet in Seattle, WA, under the artistic direction of Wade Walthall. She completed her last 8 years of training at the Kentucky Ballet Theatre Academy under the direction of Norbe & Rafaela Risco, where she has enjoyed performing numerous corps de ballet roles. Ms. Cook has attended summer programs at the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Evergreen City Ballet, Next Generation Ballet at Patel Conservatory, The Kentucky Ballet Theatre, and is a graduate of the Kentucky Governor's School of the Arts. She is a Homeschool graduate and participated in the Bluegrass United Performing Arts Company for 2 years. This season, she is excited to start her professional career with Kentucky Ballet Theatre.
Kate Ballard: Promotional Manager
Kate Ballard is a stay-at-home mother ~ She homeschools her three children: Ben (16), John (13) and Betsy (8). She is married to Mike Ballard and lives in Lexington. Kate teaches writing and music at a home-school co-op and is an active member of her church, Trinity Christian Fellowship. Kate has recently become the promotional manager for Gloria Deo school of the Arts.