Born in Dallas, Texas, Mr. Hathaway began his formal ballet training in 1973 in Houston,...
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Welcome to Collin County Ballet Theatre
Promoting the Art of Ballet in Collin County
Collin County Ballet Theatre was established in 2001. As a regional ballet company and non-profit organization, we exist to promote the art of dance and share the joys of ballet with people from across the North Texas area. Our founders, Kirt and Linda Hathaway, have a long history as performers and instructors, and our ballet company has grown over the years in accordance with their vision. We invite you to explore the wonderful world of dance with Collin County Ballet Theatre .
Kirt Hathaway and Linda Hathaway
To enhance and promote the art of ballet in Collin County and enrich the lives of the citizens in the community.
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Richardson — Offering young dancers the opportunities to perform outside of traditional recitals, Collin County Ballet Theatre (CCBT) prides itself in reaching wider audiences through their annual Ballet Fete production. In addition to their own apprentice and student companies, the production always invites guest artists to join in the fun — this year welcoming back the prestigious Texas Ballet Theater (TBT) and their studio company. With this year’s theme of “Dance Emotions,” the mixed-repertory show dabbled in classical ballet, contemporary aesthetics, and even a bit of jazz—resulting in a pleasant performance full of promising young talent.
The CCBT Apprentice Company opened the night with Bloom — a serene blend of waltz steps, reaching relevés, and changing levels. Ludovicio Einaudi’s soothing score complimented the repetitive choreography from Jaclyn Brewer-Poole and paired nicely with the technical level of the dancers.
Finishing on a high-note, Jaclyn Brewer-Poole’s 31+ paired her peppy style with a collection of iconic Beatles jams. Yellow Submarine burst with cheery smiles and jazz hands as a huge cast of movers in white costumes swam across the stage.
Eleanor Rigby furthered the lively spatial arrangements through stretchy lunges, rippling spines, and parallel leg positions—providing a never-ending sequence of fluid phrases.
In the most charming section, a handful of dancers donned pointe shoes for a string of lively kicks, buoyant pony steps, and frequent formation changes. Here Comes the Sun brought a cleaner look to the cluttered staging of previous songs.
Closing with All You Need is Love, the entire cast returned for a flurry of hugs, pointed fingers, and quirky inward knee twists—leaving the audience brimming with vivacious energy from these young performers