This week we feature Dancer Kaleena Burks, who you may recognize from some of our 2013-2014 season images. This is Kaleena’s fourth season with KCB. Recently she sat down to talk with us about getting her start in ballet, and what it’s like to see her face on a billboard.
This past weekend, KCB II stepped outside the Bolender Center for their first on location photo shoot! Brett from Brett Pruitt & East Market Studios spent Friday evening with our dancers creating beautiful images.
Below are some behind the scenes photos taken by KCB’s Stage Manager, Victoria Frank. You’ll get a small glimpse into the process of creating stunning dance photos, along with a look at the fun personalities of our dancers. Enjoy!
Have you ever wondered how the dancers learn all of the ballets you see them perform onstage? While the Artistic Director, Ballet Master & Mistress definitely help in teaching different ballets, it’s impossible for them to know the choreography of EVERY ballet out there.
For most productions, a stager is brought in to teach the choreography to the dancers. They are experts on the piece – they have performed that particular ballet, and also worked directly with the choreographer.
Judith Fugate, a former principal dancer with New York City Ballet, has been in Kansas City staging two different pieces for Kansas City Ballet; Fancy Free by Jerome Robbins, and Allegro Brilliante by George Balanchine. Ms. Fugate danced for both Mr. Balanchine and Mr. Robbins during her time with NYC Ballet.
Ms. Fugate is a stager for the Balanchine and Robbins trusts. She travels around the country ‘setting’ their ballets on different companies, ensuring the steps, style, and placement are all in accordance with how Mr. Balanchine and Mr. Robbins intended them to be.
Check out the video below to hear Ms. Fugate talk about her time here staging these pieces for KCB, and why audiences will love Fancy Free and Allegro Brilliante. To order tickets to see these two pieces on Kansas City Ballet’s Fall Program, Oct. 11-20, visit kcballet.org.
To view some great photos from this event, visit KCUR’s website and be sure to catch our next FREE First Friday, Oct. 4, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Bolender Center. Online RSVP is required, and you can register on our website.
KCB II performed this past Saturday at ‘Dance in the Park,’ an annual event presented by City in Motion Dance Theater. Our second company dancers opened the event by performing two different works: Odalisque Pas de Trois from Le Corsaire, and the Peasant Pas de Deux from Giselle.
We are excited to announce the launch of our BRAND NEW FREE mobile app! Through this new app, you can easily purchase tickets straight from your phone. Of course, it also features fun extras, such as dancer bios, videos, photos, and other exciting functions that give you an inside look into Kansas City Ballet.