CITA Leadership, Staff & Instructor Team
Randall Hinds – Executive Director
Jennifer Elder – Production and Development Director
Lara Hinds – Artistic Director
Rachel Butts – Ballet Mistress
Anna Hinds – Visionary/Graphics Designer
Holly Roberson – Public Relations Director
Andrea Taylor – Costume Mistress
Kevin Hinds – Assistant Choreographer
David Hinds and Kevin Hinds – Assistant Partnering Choreographers
Robert Todd –Technical Director
Rachel Butts, Jubilee Cotton, Jared Danforth, David Hinds, Kevin Hinds, Lara Hinds, Annie Hoffman, Grace Kennedy, Hannah Rhoads, Holly Roberson
Jubilee has danced for seven years with Christ in the Arts. She started her dance training here at CITA in 2012 in the level Arabesque. Jubilee is now in the Company and is a teacher. She enjoys teaching ballet to the students of CITA and enjoys watching them grow in their love of dance. Jubilee owned her own ballet studio in Littlefield, Texas in 2016 and enjoyed it thoroughly. As a Sophomore in college, she continues to study Communications at Lubbock Christian University. In her spare time, Jubilee is also a published author. She published her first book, The Price of Freedom - The Eightfold Accounts, in May of 2018. This year, she continues to juggle writing books, working, teaching, dancing, and being in college.
Jared Danforth started dancing with Christ in the Arts in 2011 and worked his way up to Company in the Spring semester of 2018. Jared has also attended CITA's summer workshops. Jared received a scholarship to attend the Ballet Magnificat! Summer Dance Intensive in 2016 where he performed a piece from Deliver Us. Jared joined the teaching staff as a Teacher's Assistant in the Spring semester of 2019, assisting Mr. Kevin with the Guys' class. He has enjoyed helping the younger guys in dance and fellowship.
“I love the fellowship and friendship CITA has brought to me as well as the ability to praise and worship the Lord through dance. Christ in the Arts has changed me from a young and shy boy into a powerful young man full of emotion and expression, ready to serve the Lord."
Kevin began his dance training with CITA in 2007 under the instruction of Lara Hinds, Rachel Butts, and David Hinds. He has advanced his training by attending many CITA Summer Workshops and was blessed to attend Ballet Magnificat!'s 2016 Summer Dance Intensive on a scholarship where he trained under the guidance of Jiri Voborsky, Kathy Thibodeaux, John Vandervelde, and several other outstanding instructors. From 2017 to 2019, he has enjoyed working closely with and training under Mark Leber. Kevin is grateful for the opportunity to work as a CITA instructor for the Guys' program and intermediate ballet technique, and he has enjoyed assisting Lara Hinds in ballet and partnering choreography for recent CITA productions. Kevin is a 2017 homeschool graduate and is attending Texas Tech University for Mechanical Engineering.
“When God speaks there is motion.” I will never forget that statement and how it helped me understand the deeper reason for why I love to dance. Dancing allows me, along with all creation, to participate and express through motion what God is speaking. By experiencing God in the motion, unseen things are made more visible, and through this, I discover my part in the Creator’s grand dance of LIFE. My story is not typical (having started ballet training at age seventeen), but it is filled with proof that God takes things that look impossible and brings them to life. I never dreamed that God would bring the choreography of full-length story ballets, numerous Winter Performances, and recitals out of my heart and onto a stage. I am in awe of where He has led! I initially trained with Naomi Campbell Widelski and Ballet Lubbock (1999-2003). I was honored to be a trainee with Ballet Magnificat!, and was also an instructor in their lower School of the Arts (2004-2007). I have been blessed to learn from so many gifted teachers from several countries and am so grateful for the skills and life lessons that I've gained from each of them. I have now been teaching and choreographing for over seventeen years. Looking ahead, I am excited to see how God will move and reveal Himself through Christ in the Arts. I deeply value each student, family member, staff member, council member etc. We all have vital role in the glorious dance that God is preparing for us this year!
Annie began her dance training with Christ in the Arts nearly fifteen years ago and has been a Company member for going on five years. She has been so blessed by her time spent at CITA both as a performer and instructor. It was through dance that she came to know and have a relationship with Jesus and since then, her heart’s desire has been to spread the gospel through movement. She began teaching in 2015 and has treasured every second of watching her students grow both as dancers and individuals in Christ. In 2016, she had the privilege of attending a summer dance intensive with Ballet Magnificat! in Jackson, Mississippi for two weeks where she trained under the instruction of Jiri Voborsky and Kathy Thibodeaux. Two years later, she returned as a teacher and received a certificate for completing the teacher training. Her favorite thing about CITA is having a “second family” among all of the students and instructors. She is looking forward to the coming year and getting to be a part of the many lives that will be touched through this ministry.
Grace began dancing with Christ in the Arts when she was five years old and is now a Company member. She has attended all the CITA workshops, Ballet Magnificat!’s 2016 Summer Dance Intensive, and Ballet Magnificat!’s 2018 Teacher Workshop. Grace has had the privilege of playing many different roles including Mary in Epic, the Mother of the Teenager Unseen, and the Spirit in Reborn. She also has performed in Christ in the Arts’ A Tale of the Kingdom - The Musical and Journey to the High Places. Grace loves how much the community of Christ in the Arts helps her remember who she truly is in Jesus and the community of accepting and loving people. As a CITA teacher, Grace’s main goal is to remind each student of how loved they are as well as the truth of their identities in Christ. Grace knows what an honor it is to get to teach each student and loves seeing the light of Jesus in each one.
Hannah has been dancing for seven years and a part of CITA since the age of eleven. She recently joined the Company last winter and has loved every bit of the challenge. Hannah has attended many CITA Summer Workshops and a two-week Ballet Magnificat SDI. She loved playing “The Woman Healed by Jesus” in Reborn, and it has been one of her favorite productions for a long time, along with Unseen. Hannah absolutely loves to dance and especially enjoys teaching the younger girls and guys. She also loves to play piano, guitar, and ukulele and to fellowship with friends and family in her free time. She just graduated high school and is planning to attend college in the fall of 2019 to complete her basics. Her heart is to reach out to the shy little girls who long to dance and encourage them to break free in confidence because she was once a shy, scared little girl as well.
Holly began dancing with Christ in the Arts in 2003 when she was four years old. She is very grateful for the instruction and mentorship from every single teacher she has had: Sara Bohn (Hinds), Lara Hinds, Rachel Butts (Hinds), Anna Hinds, Natanya Ridley, Naomi Campbell Widelski, David Hinds, and Mark Leber. Through the fantastic guidance of each teacher and plenty of hard work, Holly was asked to be a Company member in 2011. Holly had the privilege of attending the 2017 Ballet Magnificat! Summer Dance Intensive, where she trained under fabulous, professional instruction for four weeks. Holly’s dream of teaching ballet became a reality in 2017; she absolutely adores each opportunity to pour into students’ lives just as her teachers have done for her. In 2018, Holly was provided the opportunity to return to Ballet Magnificat! for teacher training where she received fabulous insight into what makes a good ballet instructor. Holly was given the title of Public Relations Director at CITA in 2018, and she has loved interacting with the Lubbock community in order to promote CITA. Holly is currently a full-time college student at Texas Tech University where she is studying English and Communication Studies. She cannot thank God enough for everything He has done in her life through Christ in the Arts and she looks forward to this next semester with great joy and hope!
Rachel began her training at age ten (1998) with Naomi Widelski’s homeschool ballet program. She continued to advance her training at Ballet Lubbock (1999 - 2005)
under Yvonne Racz Key. While at Ballet Lubbock, she was featured in various roles including the role of Clara (Nutcracker) two years in a row. Rachel attended Ballet Magnificat! summer intensives every year on scholarship starting in 2002-2005. In 2004, Rachel became the primary instructor for the homeschool ballet program when her sister Lara moved to Mississippi to join the Ballet Magnificat! Trainee Program. In 2007, she was accepted as a trainee with Ballet Magnificat!. While in Jackson, MS, Rachel had the privilege of training under instructors including Kathy Thibodeaux, Jiri and Cassandra Voborsky, Sol Maisonet, and Jen Colado. She returned to Lubbock in 2009 with a severe knee injury. Medical professionals told her she wouldn’t ever be able to dance again, but her knee was miraculously healed during a worship night at a local church! She was invited to return to the trainee program at Ballet Magnificat! but chose to remain at CITA and has immensely enjoyed the opportunity to pour into student and encourage their growth - not only as a dancer but as a follower of Christ. She became the Ballet Mistress at CITA in fall of 2017. She married the love of her life, Daniel Butts, in March 2015 and they have three beautiful children - Jamie, Sam, and Nate.
“I am so grateful to be a part of the CITA family. I love to worship alongside these amazing people and have several opportunities to communicate the life-changing love of Jesus Christ through dance”.