KCB Student Apprentice: Maggie Andriani

This week we had a chance to catch up with our new student apprentice, Maggie Andriani! Between classes, Maggie gave us a glimpse of what it has been like to dance with the company so far and what she is most looking forward to this season.

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Maggie has been a student at the Kansas City Ballet School for ten years, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the company this year. When she first found out that she had been chosen as student apprentice, she said, “I was shaking I was so excited!”

Since then she has been taking classes with the company in addition to school, part-time work, regular dance classes and performing with the Kansas City Youth Ballet. Beginning this season Maggie will also be rehearsing and performing with the KCB! She loves the Nutcracker season and is looking forward to learning Dracula, but says she is most excited about the production of Cinderella.

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Until rehearsals start, Maggie is enjoying the opportunity to take class with the company throughout the week. On Saturday mornings, when most teenagers might sleep in, she is at the studio striving to learn everything she can from the artistic staff and company dancers. She looks up to all the company members and is inspired by the qualities that they each possess. She hopes “that by watching them that somehow their special talents will transfer over to (her)!”

We are excited to watch Maggie grow in both technique and artistry as she dances alongside the company this year, and we are eager to see where her passion for dance takes her in the years to come!

In Pictures: 2013 Fall Show

From everyone at Kansas City Ballet, we’d like to thank those who were able to make it to our fall production featuring Fancy Free, along with four other spectacular pieces. Also, a big congratulations to the dancers and production staff for putting on an amazing show!

As audience members, you don’t get to see what goes on behind the scenes. From dancers hurrying to get into place, costume changes, managers calling lighting cues among many other things, backstage can be a quite chaotic but also an exciting place. Here are a few glimpses behind the curtain from our fall show….

Now, for the audience view:
(Photos courtesy of Steve Wilson)

In Pictures: October First Friday

This past Friday, the Michael and Ginger Frost Studio Theater here at Kansas City Ballet’s Bolender Center was filled with people looking to get a glimpse into the rehearsal process of our company dancers. They also were given a behind the scenes look at KCB’s fall show featuring Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free, which opens this Friday Oct. 11 and runs through Sunday, Oct. 20!

Check out some photos below from the First Friday event. To view these dancers in full costume and onstage at the Kauffman Center performing 5 spectacular ballets, you can order tickets online at kcballet.org or call 816.931.2232.

Dancer Rachel Coats smiles as Artistic Director Devon Carney talks to audience members about the rehearsal process.

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Dancers Sarah Walborn and Michael Davis rehearse segments from Jodie Gates’ Keep Me Wishing in the Dark:

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First Fridays are a great way for audience members to get an up close and personal look at rehearsal. In the photo below, Dancer Sarah Chun rehearses for the upcoming fall show.

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Rehearsal in Progress: Allegro Brillante

After a full weekend of performances for JCCC’s New Dance Partner’s project, our company dancers are back in the studio busy rehearsing for our fall show, which opens October 11!

We have five stunning pieces on the program which feature a variety of styles. This production is sure to have something to please every audience member. This week we’re featuring one of the works on the program; George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante. This technically challenging piece brings dramatic music and movement, and according to Balanchine himself, “contains everything I knew about the classical ballet-in thirteen minutes.”

The music for this piece is by Tchaikovsky (Piano Concerto No. 3), and you can listen to it through our brand new Spotify page!

Here a few photos from rehearsal for Allegro Brillante:

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If you are interested in learning more about this piece, you can read the program notes on our website. Also, be on the lookout later this week for a video featuring dancers Tempe Ostergren and Anthony Krutzkamp, who are leads in one of the casts of Allegro Brillante.

Our fall program runs Oct. 11-20 at the Kauffman Center. You can purchase tickets on our website or call 816.931.2232.