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.

 

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