Teacher Profile: Marcus Oatis

Marcus Oatis is the manager for Kansas City Ballet School’s Johnson County Campus and is also one of our teachers. He was a dancer in the KCB Company for five years before making the transition into the administrative side of the dance industry. Read below to find out more about Marcus!

Q: When did you start taking dance classes and how did you get involved?
A: I started taking dance through an educational outreach program that introduced students to dance in public schools. After the workshop, they asked me if I would continue dancing with them. From there the sky was the limit.

Q: Did you take part in any Summer Intensives throughout your training?
A: When I was younger I went to the Ailey School and in college I went to Kansas City Ballet’s Summer Intensive.

Q: Tell me about your dance career before you came to Kansas City Ballet.
A: Kansas City Ballet was my first full time professional job. Before coming to KCB I danced throughout Nebraska performing with community groups and small “pick-up” companies. Basically, I took every opportunity to perform regardless of how much it paid.

Q: You were with the KCB Company for five years, what made you decide to go into Ballet Administration?
A: I chose this path because it really highlights the different experiences that I have had. Before joining KCB, I worked at a variety of places, which I enjoyed very much. I wanted to do something where I could merge all of my passions into one position.

Q: Do you have the opportunity to teach any of the classes? Do you still take dance classes yourself?
A: Yes, I am a member of the teaching faculty at KCBS. The majority of my time is directed towards the upper school students but I will occasionally make an appearance in the lower school. I have not taken a class yet. I am currently trying to find a different way to challenge myself. I am thinking about training for a marathon…I can’t decide!

Inspiring Student Dancers

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Last Friday was our final day of KCB’s 2012 Summer IntensiveJohn Gardner and Amanda McKerrow were two of our guest faculty and are former dancers with American Ballet Theatre. Last week we sat down and talked with them about their passion for dance and what they’d hoped to instill in their students during their time here. Watch the video clip above to hear more!

Welcome!

Welcome to the official Kansas City Ballet blog! Our goal is to provide you with an inside look into the world of ballet here in Kansas City. There are tons of people involved in the running of a ballet company, all of whom have a special story to tell.

Maybe you want to know how the company dancers stay in shape…or maybe you’re curious how the costumes are designed and made. Well, this blog will give you all of that fun inside info and more!

Along with our company, our school provides great classes for young aspiring dancers and studio classes to those in the KC community looking to stay involved in dance…and in shape! We’ll give you a look inside these classes as well as the students and staff who make it all possible.

Here is what you can expect to find on the new KCB blog:

-interviews with dancers, students and staff
-involvement by the company dancers themselves
-behind-the-scenes access
-podcasts
-videos
-photos
-and more!

It has been a busy summer here at Kansas City Ballet and we are already preparing for our upcoming season at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. We hope you will continue to follow our blog; we’re excited to share our stories with you!