Meet Kansas City Ballet Company Dancer, Danielle Bausinger. She’s danced with KCB since the 2014-15 season and will soon be dancing the lead role of the Wicked Witch of the West in Septime Webre’s world premiere of The Wizard of Oz at the Kauffman Center Oct. 12-21, 2018.
Q: TELL US WHY YOU BeCAME A DANCEr.
A: My mom loved to dance and worked at a local dance studio in New Jersey. So my sister and brothers all went to dance classes and I joined. We moved to California where I continued ballet, tap and jazz and at age 6 I decided I just wanted to focus on ballet to become a ballerina.
Q: WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO WHEN YOU’RE NOT DANCING?
A: I enjoy golfing, going to the movies, and spending time with my husband and dog.
Q: WHAT IS SOMETHING MOST PEOPLE WOULDN’T KNOW ABOUT YOU?
A: I love all things Disney! I have been to every Disney park except Tokoyo. Disney movies always send good messages and life lessons even in their “fantasy” world.
Q: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SNACK?
A: I always like to have a cup of tea at lunch. It keeps my body warm and it relaxes my muscles.
Q: WHAT IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE AND WHY?
A: I love Elevé leotards. I can’t go in the store without coming out with a leo or an idea for a new custom one. They make me feel pretty while I’m dancing and they are very comfortable.
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