FirstLoveWorks produced Anchored, an all-new, original ballet celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the Pilgrims, in Andover, Plymouth, and Northfield, MA, in autumn of 2021. Choreographed and adapted by Ballet Magnificat!, America’s premiere Christian ballet company, and original story written by Ann Woodworth Savastano.
Testimonials have poured in from attendees inspired by the Anchored performances: Mayflower descendants, Native American emissaries, ballet aficionados, historians, pastors, educators, and people who care deeply about the godly heritage of our nation and long to see it accurately represented.
We believe that Anchored: The Pilgrim Story comes at a “kairos” moment for our nation. The ballet brings diverse groups together to celebrate what’s good about our nation’s heritage and to know the Pilgrims’ Christian faith that grounds our country. Ballet Magnificat! has already taken Anchored to Colorado, Florida, and Mississippi, and we are exploring plans to bring Anchored to more audiences, possibly including Native American reservations.
Ballet Magnificat!, based in Jackson, MS, was founded by Kathy and Keith Thibodeaux in 1986. Kathy is an international silver medalist in ballet, and Keith was a childhood star (little Ricky on the I Love Lucy show) and is an accomplished musician. With Ballet Magnificat!, Kathy had a vision for something totally unheard of–a touring, professionally-trained Christian ballet company that dances for the glory of God.