KC Ballet Hosts 2017 Dance/USA Conference

Kansas City Ballet served as the host of the 9th annual conference for Dance/USA annual (June 7-10, 2017).

Wednesday

The conference began with an awards ceremony on Wednesday night at Union Station’s Grand Hall and Sprint Festival Plaza. As a special treat, KC Mayor Sly James welcomed the crowd. Awards and award winners included:

Thursday

Thursday started off with an address from Executive Director of Dance/USA Amy Fitterer, followed by a special welcome from National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu, and then keynote by Dawn J. Fraser talking about the importance of storytelling at the Kauffman Center. Read more about the speakers here. Breakout sessions for attendees began that afternoon at The National WWI Museum and Memorial. The night was officially capped with a Kansas City New Dance Partners performance back at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre. Owen/Cox Dance Group, Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company and Kansas City Ballet performed on the program.

Friday

Friday was filled with more breakout sessions in both the morning and afternoon at Kansas City Ballet’s Home,

Friday was filled with more breakout sessions in both the morning and afternoon at Kansas City Ballet’s Home,

Kansas City Ballet’s Bolender Center with lunch tent generously provided by AAA Party Rental.

the Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity. Kansas City Ballet hosted the lunch. That evening, attendees were invited to a preview screening of the new documentary “No Dominion: The Ian Horvath Story”. The film celebrated the life and career of the late Ian ‘Ernie’ Horvath, a dancer, choreographer, director, and champion for both dance and AIDS awareness.

Saturday

The conference concluded on Saturday with a final morning of breakout sessions at the Bolender Center, followed by a closing keynote speaker Jawole Willa Jo Zollar who was originally from KC before moving to NYC and founding Urban Bush Women.

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Thank you to all of the 2017 Annual Conference Sponsors, Dance/USA, the Host Committee, and attendees. Kansas City Ballet is so grateful for the opportunity to host you.

 

Event Recap: BARRE 2017 Fundraiser

Kansas City Ballet’s BARRE 2017 Fundraiser. Photography by J. Robert Schraeder Photography.

On March 11, BARRE, Kansas City Ballet’s young professionals association, held its annual fundraiser at Pennway Place to raise money to support Reach Out And Dance (R.O.A.D.) programs. R.O.A.D. programs are one of the many ways KCB’s Community Engagement and Education department reaches out to the Kansas City community.

Special Thank Yous

The event MC was the lively Mark Walberg from “Antiques Roadshow” and included a special performance for KCB’s Second Company. Guests also enjoyed tasty bites from PB&J Restaurants and beverages from Martin City Brewery, Rock and Run Brewery, Crane Brewery, Amigoni Winery, and Jacquie Ward. And, of course, there was also dancing with DJ Jeremy Anderson.

Kendra Scott Jewelry and SPC Portrait Art donated pull bags that were a flat $60 and $99 respectively. Plus, a silent auction with 35 items from massages, to Chiefs, Sporting KC, and Royals tickets, and more helped raise nearly $7K.

Proceeds

The proceeds will be earmarked for 16 new R.O.A.D. Scholarship Schools allowing the program to reach 800+ kids in the Kansas City Public School District and Turner School District.

The BARRE Board was quite pleased with the event turn out of nearly 150 attendees.

Save the Date

And, mark your calendars, work has already begun on next year’s fundraiser scheduled for March 10, 2018.

Join BARRE

Not yet a BARRE member? Memberships are still available here. If you purchase now, your membership will be good through July 2018.

Kansas City Ballet’s Second Company performed at the BARRE 2017 Fundraiser. Photography by J. Robert Schraeder Photography.
Kansas City Ballet’s BARRE 2017 Fundraiser. Photography by J. Robert Schraeder Photography.
Kansas City Ballet’s BARRE President Steve Peppes, his wife Charlena and KCB liaison Karen Badgett. Photography by J. Robert Schraeder Photography.
Attendees of the BARRE 2017 Fundraiser. Photography by J. Robert Schraeder Photography.
Attendees of the BARRE 2017 Fundraiser. Photography by J. Robert Schraeder Photography.

Nutcracker Ball – Meet the Co-Chairs

Susan Bubb and Megan Bubb Cribb: Nutcracker Ball Co-Chairmen 2013

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Susan Bubb (left) & Megan Bubb Cribb (right)

Susan Bubb and Megan Bubb Cribb are honored to be representing the Kansas City Ballet Guild as Chairmen of the 46th annual Nutcracker Ball. The rich tradition of the Ballet Ball and the timeless beauty of The Nutcracker will magically transform the Bartle Hall Grand Ballroom on December 6th for this very special and momentous occasion. Longtime Ballet fans, Susan and Megan are happy to be able to set the framework for this new annual event. With a new date, theme, and location, this is sure to be an evening of enchantment to put you into the holiday spirit.  Net proceeds from the fundraiser support both the Kansas City Ballet and Kansas City Ballet School. Susan and Megan are proud to be  part of such an exciting time for the performing arts in Kansas City, with the announcement of the Ballet’s new artistic director, Devon Carney, we know you will agree that 2013 is truly a milestone of new direction. Susan and her husband Stephen have enjoyed opening their home for many local organizations, the Junior League of Johnson and WyandotteCounties, the Lyric Opera, The Barstow School, PEO, Fireside, the Ballet Guild and the CarlsonCenter at JohnsonCountyCommunity college. Megan careers as team lead of The Bubb Cribb Team of Reece and Nichols, she shares this team with her brother Eric Bubb and husband Christopher J. Cribb. She has a passion for all things real estate and Kansas City.

This Mother Daughter duo are looking forward to an enchanting evening with family and friends.

To purchase tickets to the 2013 Nutcracker Ball held on December 6th at Bartle Hall, you can visit our website or call 913.232.7609.