Dramatic Truth Ballet Theatre is a professional, neoclassical ballet company which tours nationally and internationally. Always powerful, the Company presents ballets with moving, thought provoking Christian themes, inspiring dancers and audiences alike. The Company members of Dramatic Truth Ballet Theatre are some of the finest dancers in the Body of Christ. Many choose to also teach at our School, Dramatic Truth School of the Arts, the Premier Classical Christian Ballet School in Kansas City. Each Season includes our widely popular Mystery of Christmas, a Christian rewrite of the full-length Nutcracker, in which other qualified dancers may be eligible to participate with the company through audition. As a touring Company, Dramatic Truth Ballet Theatre is available every spring to bring a vibrant worship experience to your church, community, or event. Click here for more information.
Dramatic Truth Ballet Theatre Company Members
- Monica began dancing at the age of three, attending local ballet classes near her home in Seattle, Washington. Growing up, she studied Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) ballet at the Red Shoes Dancing Academy and Island Youth Ballet, as well as competitive Irish Dancing at the Scoil Rince Slieveloughane Irish Dance School. At the age of fourteen Monica moved from Seattle to London, England with her family, continuing her dance studies at the Finchley Ballet School and the Kelley O’Boyle School of Irish Dance. Monica’s love for ballet inspired her to pursue dance as a career, and in 2011 she began a BA (Hons) degree in Ballet Education at the Royal Academy of Dance Headquarters in London. It was there that she was introduced to contemporary dance and choreography, as well as continuing to study the technique, performance, and teaching of ballet. At the RAD, Monica also had the privilege of studying the Russian Karsavina syllabus under the instruction of Jo O’Hara. Monica graduated in the summer of 2013 with First Class Honours and her RAD Registered Teacher Status, as well as her RAD Advanced 2 and the ARAD qualification. During the summers of 2012 and 2013, Monica took Levels 4 and 5 of Licentiate of the Royal Academy Dance. From 2013-2014, she danced with elevate dance company – a year-long apprenticeship course with Springs Dance Company, the foremost professional Christian Dance Company in Europe. As an apprentice with Springs, Monica was introduced to the professional Christian dance field, touring across the United Kingdom from April to July performing and leading workshops. It was during her time with Springs that Monica discovered the incredible effectiveness and power of dance as both a tool for evangelization and as worship, and her passion of dedicating her life to serving the Lord through this medium. Monica joined Dramatic Truth Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in 2014, and is now in her first year as a Company member. She is eager to worship and witness to the Lord and share His beauty, love, and light with others through dance.
Caitlin is excited to be entering her fifth year as a company member and teacher at Dramatic Truth! As a company member with Dramatic Truth Ballet Theatre, Caitlin has performed in three major full length ballets: Sleeping Beauty, Dethroning the Prince, and The Mystery of Christmas, in which she has held multiple soloist roles. She has also toured the states with the Company to perform at churches and universities. In April of 2011, she graduated from Belhaven University with a BFA in dance with one of her favorite experiences at school being performing and ministering in the Belhaven Dance Ministry Ensemble. Caitlin teaches a variety of classes at DT including Wee-Ballet, Pre-Ballet, Ballet 1a, Ballet 3b, Pilates and one of her favorites, Creative Worship. It is her dream to see her students flourish not only in their dance technique but also in their relationship with the Lord. In addition to dancing and teaching, Caitlin also tutors human anatomy/physiology and chemistry at Metropolitan Community College and nannies with TLC Nannies and Sitters. Caitlin is eager to continue sharing her love of worshiping the Lord through dance both as a performer onstage and as a teacher at Dramatic Truth.
Esther began her training at Dramatic Truth at the age of 5, and steadily progressed through the pre-professional program graduating from DT last spring. Esther has participated as a Trainee in several of Dramatic Truth’s major ballets including Dethroning the Prince, The Book of Ruth, The Story of Esther and a variety of roles in The Mystery of Christmas. As well as being a beautiful dancer, Esther is a an accomplished artist. She has equally mastered artistry in sculpture, pastels, acrylics, pencils, charcoals, and watercolors. She is currently attending JCCC majoring in animation. This is Esther’s first season with Dramatic Truth Ballet Theatre.
Marissa Richardson, from Kansas City, Missouri, began dancing at the age of two. At the age of nine she focused her training to classical ballet and studied with the Kansas City Ballet School and was a member of the Kansas City Youth Ballet for seven years. She has spent her summers at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, The School of American Ballet, Chautauqua as a Festival dancer, San Francisco Ballet, Houston Ballet, Next Generation Ballet, Jacob’s Pillow and Charlotte Ballet. Marissa was the student apprentice with the Kansas City Ballet, under the directorship of Mr. William Whitener for their 2011-2012 season as well as their 2012-2013 season. As a student apprentice with The Kansas City Ballet, she danced in Serenade, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Marissa moved to Charlotte, North Carolina and joined the Charlotte Ballet as an apprentice for two seasons. At Charlotte Ballet, she danced in their productions of George Balanchine’s Western Symphony and The Four Temperaments. She also performed in Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s The Nutcracker and Peter Pan. This is Marissa’s first season with Dramatic Truth Ballet Theater. She is very excited to use her gift of dance to share God’s love.
Robin began dancing at the age of two, and studied the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus with the Ballet Conservatory of Independence for 15 years. As a student she danced the parts of Aurora in Sleeping Beauty and Sugarplum in the Nutcracker. She also received her teacher certificate from the Royal Academy of Dance and taught for 3 years. Deciding to use her gifts for the Lord, Robin started her studies with Dramatic Truth School in 2010. During her time as a student at Dramatic Truth, she danced in productions such as Le Corsaire, held the lead role in Paquita, and performed the Holy Spirit in The Mystery of Christmas. While apprenticing with Dramatic Truth Ballet Theatre, she was recently cast in a lead role in Dethroning the Prince, and also performed in many other roles while apprenticing over the last two years. Robin is currently beginning her first year as a professional company member with Dramatic Truth Ballet Theatre.
Kimberly started her dance training at the age of 6 at the Hong Kong Ballet. She then moved to NYC and studied with the Morgan Scott Ballet for 2 years and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance for a semester at the age of 12. From there Kimberly moved to Beijing, China and studied at the Beijing Dance Academy for 2 years, one of those years with a private teacher. She then moved to El Salvador and studied with the Karol Ballet and Vivra Jazz for one year at each school. Kimberly also studied in Ottawa, Canada for a year at the Christian Dance Studio during her senior year of high school. From there she moved again to study at Dramatic Truth School of the Arts in Kansas City. During her training at Dramatic Truth, Kimberly has taken ballet, pre-pointe and pointe, modern and classical pas de duex, Graham based modern, the Lester Horton technique, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, and improvisation. Kimberly performed with the Dramatic Truth Trainee Company, apprenticed with Dramatic Truth Ballet Theatre, and graduated from the Dramatic Truth School of the Arts Modern Track Program. This is Kimberly’s second year as a Company member with Dramatic Truth Ballet Theatre.
Audra began dancing at age 13 with Dramatic Truth School of the Arts where she trained in ballet, pointe, Graham based modern, and contemporary. She was a member of the the school’s Trainee Company for three years, giving her the opportunity to perform locally as well as in Houston and New York City. As a student at Truth Dramatic performed in shows such as Firstborn from the Dead, The Mystery of Christmas, and Dethroning the Prince. In 2014, Audra spent time overseas using her dance on the mission field in both England and Italy where she not only performed, but also taught workshops and had the chance to collaborate with other artists from around the world. In 2016, Audra graduated from Dramatic Truth’s Traditional Track, and is currently teaching the Graham technique at the school and is headed into her third year as a company member with Dramatic Truth Ballet Theatre.