Ballet Magnificat

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Kathy Thibodeaux learned ballet in Jackson and became one of the first contracted dancers for the Jackson Ballet Company (now Ballet Mississippi) under the direction of Thalia Mara. Keith Thibodeaux grew up a child actor, playing roles like Little Ricky on “I Love Lucy” and Johnny Paul Jason on “The Andy Griffith Show.” The couple met and married in 1976, and established the Christian-based Ballet Magnificat! a decade later in her hometown. The dance group tours and trains dancers from child to adult. It also features a trainee program, which lasts up to three years and has drawn in applicants from more than 15 countries. The organization offers scholarships for its various programs. For more details, visit — Brianna Gibson

WINNER: Best Dance Group

Address: 5406 I 55 N, Jackson, MS 39211

Phone number: 601-977-1001

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