School Notes: Johnson County Campus Shines

Kansas City Ballet School’s Johnson County campus, located near 95th and Nall Avenue in Prairie Village, continues in its 14th year as a branch campus. The campus began as a private, independent studio by the name of Somerset Ballet and was owned by the late Jane Pierce. Following Pierce’s passing in 2001, Kansas City Ballet School acquired the studio. The location was opened as Kansas City Ballet’s branch campus in 2002, and was completely remodeled in 2015. As of 2016, the Johnson County campus continues to grow, and has 490 students. The campus offers classes for teens and adults in beginner, intermediate, and advanced ballet, as well as yoga and Pilates. For the Junior Studio Division (ages 5-12), classes offered included jazz/tap, ballet, and hip hop. The campus recently hosted the Kansas City Ballet School’s 3rd annual Junior Summer Intensive, which ended July 1st. Students of the intensive performed at the Future Stages Festival at the Kauffman Center June 26th, and also had multiple scholarship winners.

For more information regarding Johnson County campus class schedules, visit kcballet.org/school/studio/schedule/.

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KCB School—Junior Summer Intensive Program 2016

Kansas City Ballet School hosted the 3rd annual Junior Summer Intensive program at their Johnson County Campus in Prairie Village. A total of 34 students were accepted into this highly-competitive, 4-week program for dancers ages 9-13 this year. A third of the students were from outside of Kansas City Ballet School and about a third were from outside of the KC area with some from as far away as New York, Oklahoma and Wyoming. This year’s guest teachers included: Duncan Cooper from Modas Dance, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and San Francisco Ballet; Megan Kimball from Boston Ballet School and a KCB Alumnae; and Parrish Maynard from San Francisco Ballet. In addition to their demonstration performance for friends and family on the last day at the Bolender Center, the group also was able to perform as part of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts annual “Future Stages Festival” on June 26th.

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Event Recap: KC Ballet Hosts GKC Chamber’s Business After Hours

On Thursday, June 16th, Kansas City Ballet’s Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity was filled with well over 100 members of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce for their monthly Business After Hours event. Food and drink was sponsored by The Classic Cup and District Pour House. Photography:  Zachary Ruben Photography & Video

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Kathy Stepp, Steve McDowell, KCB Board President Claire Brand and KCB Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley

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Lindsey Kriegshauser, Kelly Callewaert, Maria Maffry, Jessica Kleoppel, Gretchen Holy