Guest Teacher, Choreographer, and Coach: Catherine Gaudreau
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.paragraph here.
Kevin Overbey danced professionally for more than 15 years with nationally recognized companies such as the San Antonio Ballet, The Atlanta Ballet, and Nevada Ballet Theatre. He was a guest performer in several productions with Ballet Tennessee, and Dance Alive in Florida. In his professional career he danced roles such as the Cavalier, Snow King and lead Waltz in the “Nutcracker,” Dracula in “Dracula,” one the four couples in Balanchine’s “Allegro Brillante,” and he worked with many prominent choreographers. Overbey also performed in the acclaimed Bally’s show “Jubilee” in Las Vegas, and “Red Hot” in Shanghai China.
Overbey taught ballet throughout his performing career. He taught company class for Ballet Tennessee, and was on the staff of Academy of Nevada Ballet Theater, teaching advanced ballet for several years. Overbey has a degree in Education from University of Nevada Las Vegas which helped him associate ballet pedagogy with the physical, mental and psychological developmental stages of his students. .
Overbey is the Director of Southside Dance Studio, and he is the main ballet teacher for the school. He brings a rich, eclectic knowledge of ballet technique, and an ability to make that technique comprehensible to his students. He has been successful in helping his students transform technique into artistry and has several former students who have or are dancing professionally.
Overbey has been teaching ballet since 1980, and is a lifetime learner. He continues to study the latest teaching theories, as well as anatomy and kinesiology. For his knowledge, experience, and success as a master teacher of ballet Overbey gives thanks to those he has worked under and his Heavenly Father.