Ballet: An Art and a Science

Time Warner Cable teamed up with actress Emma Dumont (most known for her role on ABC Family’s Bunheads) as well as Kansas City Ballet to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) education. Time Warner Cable hosted their 1st annual STEM Expo at Science City at Union Station on September 20 for 4th-12th grade girls. Emma Dumont and Kansas City Ballet’s Second Company (KCB II) demonstrated how dance is not just an art, but also a science. This event is part of Time Warner Cable’s ‘Connect a Million Minds‘ initiative which strives to educate and inspire the next generation of problem solvers through hands-on learning experiences.

Check out the video below to learn more about this collaboration and hear from KCB II Manager Anthony Krutzkamp:

Kansas City Ballet was very excited to have this opportunity to educate young people on the science behind ballet. Here are a few images from the event courtesy of Time Warner Cable:

 

Interview with Edward Villella

American Male Ballet Icon, Edward Villella, stopped by Kansas City Ballet’s studios on Sept. 4 to teach class to our company dancers in addition to giving a free educational lecture to patrons of KC Ballet as well as the Harriman-Jewel Series.

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Mr. Villella and fellow NYC Ballet star Patricia McBride were the first Harriman-Jewell Series’ performers in 1965 and Mr. Villella returned to Kansas City as the guest speaker for opening convocation at William Jewell College.

Often regarded as the most celebrated American male dancer of all time, Mr. Villella was a dancer with New York City Ballet in the ’50s and was promoted to principal dancer in 1960. He worked closely with George Balanchine, and had many roles created on him by the iconic choreographer. One of Mr. Villella’s most recognized roles was the lead in Mr. Balanchine’s 1960 revival of Prodigal Son.

The video below gives an inside look into the early dancing years of Mr. Villella. He recounts a touching story about his father’s hesitation to accept his desire to be a ballet dancer and how his father eventually came to recognize and appreciate the talent his son possessed.

Nutcracker Ball Artist Interview

2014 Nutcracker Ball Chairman Anna Allen sat down with local Fresco Artist Joy Baer to talk about the design of this year’s program for the Nutcracker Ball. Check out the video below to hear more about this unique and fascinating artistic method.

Don’t forget, the 2014 Nutcracker Ball presented by the Kansas City Ballet Guild will be held on Friday, Dec. 5 at Union Station. Click here for more details and ticket information.