KCBS 2017 Summer Intensive Ends

Just five short weeks ago, 181 students arrived from all over the country, the region, the city and even a couple from Bulgaria to be part of Kansas City Ballet School’s 2017 Summer Intensive program. Most will leave more skilled and with more friends than when they began. Summer Intensives are like that, and especially in Kansas City.

While they were here they learned from a wide variety of teachers, as well as from each other. They pushed themselves to new heights. They also learned more about Kansas City through a number of excursions including a visit to Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun, attending a 2015 World Series Champion Kansas City Royals game, and more.

Today marked the final day of the program when the students were able to demonstrate what they’ve learned for an audience near and dear to their hearts, their families.

“It is hard to believe that our 2017 Summer Intensive at Kansas City Ballet has come to a close!  What a lovely group of dancers attended this year, and it was pretty amazing to watch the progress that the students made during these 5 weeks,” said KCB School Director Grace Holmes. “Thank you for sharing the summer with us and I hope to see you all again at KCBS!”

Read more about this group and the guest teachers here.

Top and Bottom photos by Andrea Wilson.

Event Recap: Guild 2017 Spring Luncheon

Florals by Craig Sole

The Kansas City Ballet Guild hosted its annual Spring Luncheon on May 9 at Indian Hills Country Club.  President Mark Sappington thanked the outgoing Guild Board for their hard work and welcomed the new 2017-2018 board.  Guests enjoyed beautiful floral arrangements by Craig Sole. For more information about the Guild click here.

Incoming President Gigi Rose with Outgoing President Mark Sappington
Amy Embry, Jane Webster, John Walker, Melanie Fenske, Craig Sole (in back), Jim Spaith, Peggy Beal, Mark Sappington (in back), Jennifer Wampler, Heather Ryan, Megan Bubb Cribb (in back), Gigi Rose, Jeannie Murphy, Melissa Bondon, Lisa Merrill Hickok, Karen Jordan, Lauren Merriman, Angela Walker, Susan Meehan-Mizer, Jo Anne Dondlinger

Photography: Larry F. Levenson

KC Ballet Hosts 2017 Dance/USA Conference

Kansas City Ballet served as the host of the 9th annual conference for Dance/USA annual (June 7-10, 2017).


The conference began with an awards ceremony on Wednesday night at Union Station’s Grand Hall and Sprint Festival Plaza. As a special treat, KC Mayor Sly James welcomed the crowd. Awards and award winners included:


Thursday started off with an address from Executive Director of Dance/USA Amy Fitterer, followed by a special welcome from National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu, and then keynote by Dawn J. Fraser talking about the importance of storytelling at the Kauffman Center. Read more about the speakers here. Breakout sessions for attendees began that afternoon at The National WWI Museum and Memorial. The night was officially capped with a Kansas City New Dance Partners performance back at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre. Owen/Cox Dance Group, Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company and Kansas City Ballet performed on the program.


Friday was filled with more breakout sessions in both the morning and afternoon at Kansas City Ballet’s Home,

Friday was filled with more breakout sessions in both the morning and afternoon at Kansas City Ballet’s Home,

Kansas City Ballet’s Bolender Center with lunch tent generously provided by AAA Party Rental.

the Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity. Kansas City Ballet hosted the lunch. That evening, attendees were invited to a preview screening of the new documentary “No Dominion: The Ian Horvath Story”. The film celebrated the life and career of the late Ian ‘Ernie’ Horvath, a dancer, choreographer, director, and champion for both dance and AIDS awareness.


The conference concluded on Saturday with a final morning of breakout sessions at the Bolender Center, followed by a closing keynote speaker Jawole Willa Jo Zollar who was originally from KC before moving to NYC and founding Urban Bush Women.

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Thank you to all of the 2017 Annual Conference Sponsors, Dance/USA, the Host Committee, and attendees. Kansas City Ballet is so grateful for the opportunity to host you.