In 2007, So Dance started as a community outreach program supported by Southside Dance Studio. Dancers performed in schools and at various community events. In 2015, So Dance became Hendersonville Ballet and the performance focus shifted from smaller venues to larger scale productions. In February of 2016, "Winter Ballet," the first major stage performance for Hendersonville Ballet, was presented at Blue Ridge Community College in conjunction with Ballet Gloria from Tennessee. In winter of 2016 an original production, "A Home for Christmas" was presented. Two stage performances in winter of 2017 was followed by another original production, "Americana," in spring of 2018. Plans are underway for Spring of 2019, "From Ballet to Broadway."
In 2017 we received two grants from the Henderson County Arts Council. One grant helped with the "Home for Christmas" program, performed in conjunction with East Henderson's Performing Arts Company. The other grant supported our guest instructor, Catherine Gaudreau.
In 2018 we received one grant from the Henderson County Arts Council to support guest instruction.
Catherine Goduco Gaudreau was born in Worcester, Massachusetts and studied ballet with Anna Marie and David Holmes and furthered her studies at the Nutmeg Conservatory under the tutelage of Sharon Dante. She attended the School of American Ballet as well as North Carolina School of the Arts. She was a principal dancer with the Alabama Ballet and danced numerous leading roles including Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Kitri in Don Quixote, Aurora in the Sleeping Beauty to name just a few. She also danced leading roles in George Balanchine’s “Allegro Brilliante” and “Tarantella.” She had the opportunity to work with such choreographers as Vicente Nebrada, Val Caniparoli and Michael Smuin when she was a soloist with Ballet Florida dancing ballets such as “Our Waltzes” by Nebrada, “Lady of the Camellias” by Caniparoli and Smuin’s “Quattro a Verdi.”
Catherine has also trained with Ruth Petronovic in the Revolutionary Principles of Movement (RPM) that honors all traditions of ballet and is based on anatomy and kinesiology. She was a coach for the United States team for the International Ballet Competition in Helsinki, Finland 2001. She currently teaches throughout the Southeast as well in Chattanooga where she resides.
Ms. Goduco-Gaudreau is happily married to her husband of 10 years, Matt and they have a daughter named Ava.
She also has four dogs, Wallace, Ben, Charlotte and Kenny G.