Event Recap: Celebrate 60

Kansas City Ballet School Academy students
Kansas City Ballet School Academy students

Kansas City Ballet’s Celebrate 60 event was on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and honored the people of Kansas City Ballet’s past and present. Former and current dancers talked about each era of Kansas City Ballet: Michele Hamlet-Weith for founder, Tatiana Dokoudovska; Kimberly Cowen for Todd Bolender; Logan Pachciarz for William Whitener; and Tempe Ostergren for Devon Carney. In addition, Jeffrey J. Bentley thanked Muriel McBrien Kauffman and Julia Irene Kauffman for their steadfast commitment to Kansas City Ballet and the performing arts in our community. The formal presentation ended with a mini-performance by Kansas City Ballet School Academy students. The night continued in Brandmeyer Hall with champagne and desserts to celebrate the dedicated artists, staff, volunteers, patrons, donors, students, parents, and audiences for all that they do to support & create excellent performing arts in Kansas City! Links to videos about the four eras of Kansas City Ballet are at the end of this post.

Photos from the Celebration

Photography: Larry F. Levenson

Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley, KCB Board Chairman Julia Irene Kauffman, Artistic Director Devon Carney, KCB Board President Kathy Stepp, (front row) Michele Hamlet-Weith, Tempe Ostergren, Kimberly Cowen, Barbara Storm, Logan Pachciarz
Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley, KCB Board Chairman Julia Irene Kauffman, Artistic Director Devon Carney, KCB Board President Kathy Stepp, (front row) Michele Hamlet-Weith, Tempe Ostergren, Kimberly Cowen, Barbara Storm, Logan Pachciarz
Dave Lady, Julia Irene Kauffman, Sharon Smith, Barnett and Shirley Helzberg
Dave Lady, Julia Irene Kauffman, Sharon Smith, Barnett and Shirley Helzberg
Vicki Baxter, William Whitener, Christopher Barksdale
Vicki Baxter, William Whitener, Christopher Barksdale
Mark Sappington and David McGee, Aisling Hill-Connor and guest, Lisa Choules and John May, Matthew Donnell
Mark Sappington and David McGee, Aisling Hill-Connor and guest, Lisa Choules and John May, Matthew Donnell
Barbara Spilker and Siobhan Lesley
Barbara Spilker and Siobhan Lesley
Christine Colby-Jacques, Melissa Ford
Christine Colby-Jacques, Melissa Ford
Terry and Peggy Dunn, Dick and SueAnn Fagerberg, Jeffrey J. Bentley, Greg and Celebrate 60 Chairman Barbara Storm, Fred and Sandy Jackson, Melinda Petet, Devon Carney
Terry and Peggy Dunn, Dick and SueAnn Fagerberg, Jeffrey J. Bentley, Greg and Celebrate 60 Chairman Barbara Storm, Fred and Sandy Jackson, Melinda Petet, Devon Carney

Videos: The Four Eras

Event Recap: BARRE Afterhours

Barre Afterhours at BBBS on April 14, 2018. Photo by Karen Badgett.
Barre Afterhours at BBBS on April 14, 2018. Photo by Karen Badgett.

Following Kansas City Ballet’s The Man in Black program at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, more than 75 people attended the BARRE Afterhours at Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City on Saturday, April 14, 2018. Dancers from Kansas City Ballet also attended. Guests enjoyed delicious pasta from Lidia’s Kansas City and fabulous beer from KC Bier Co. A special thank you goes out to each of the sponsors:

          

We’re currently looking for new BARRE KC Board Members to serve for the 2018-2019 season. Please click here to apply online.

 

PARTY PICS

Second Company Members attending BARRE Afterhours at BBBS. Photo by Karen Badgett.
Second Company Members attending BARRE Afterhours at BBBS. Photo by Karen Badgett.
BARRE Afterhours at BBBS. Photo by Karen Badgett.
BARRE Afterhours at BBBS. Photo by Karen Badgett.
BARRE Afterhours at BBBS. Photo by Karen Badgett.
BARRE Afterhours at BBBS. Photo by Karen Badgett.
BARRE Afterhours at BBBS. Photo by Karen Badgett.
BARRE Afterhours at BBBS. Photo by Karen Badgett.
BARRE Afterhours at BBBS. Photo by Karen Badgett.
BARRE Afterhours at BBBS. Photo by Karen Badgett.

 

Trainee Profile: Madison Mackenzy Braaksma

KCB Trainee Madison Braaksma. Photography by Savanna Daniels.
KCB Trainee Madison Braaksma. Photography by Savanna Daniels.

Originally from Atlanta, Madison Mackenzy Braaksma joined Kansas City Ballet as a Trainee for the 2017-2018 season. This is her first season as a Trainee.

Q: how did you become a dancer? WHEN DID YOU START DANCING?

A: Well, when I was little my mom put me into creative movement class. When I was 7, I got involved with Irish dance. I began competing and got very serious. At 13, I started to take private ballet lessons to help strengthen my Irish dancing and fell in love with ballet.

Q: what do you enjoy most about being a dancer?

A: Performance! Definitely being on the stage and performing in front of people is what I enjoy most.

Q: AS A PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE WHAT MAKES UP YOUR DIET AND FITNESS ROUTINE?

A: I cross train in the mornings before going to rehearsal. As far as diet, I eat low carb, low dairy, lots of fruits, and lots of veggies. But I do have a sweet tooth.

2018 Ballet Ball Chair Announced

Chairman Gigi Rose and Gary Rose. Photographer Larry F. Levenson
Chairman Gigi Rose and Gary Rose. Photographer Larry F. Levenson

Kansas City Ballet Guild will hold its annual gala on October 6th at the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza. Gigi Rose is serving as chair of the event that will kick off the Kansas City Ballet season. The theme, “The Emerald City Ball”, will commemorate the Ballet’s world premiere The Wizard of Oz which opens October 12th.

The recipient of the Guild’s Pirouette Award will be announced at the Ball.  This award is presented annually to an individual whose extraordinary volunteer efforts have benefited the Kansas City Ballet and the performing arts community.

Proceeds from the gala support the Kansas City Ballet and Kansas City Ballet School.

Underwriters and Benefactors

With gratitude for your support, Emerald City Ball Underwriters and Benefactors will enjoy a splendid pre-dinner reception in the InterContinental’s rooftop ballroom prior to entering the Emerald City.

Additionally, sponsors at the Table Host level and above on Tuesday, October 16 will experience an evening of dinner, music and dance among the never-before-seen sets of The Wizard of Oz on the stage of the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Learn more about becoming an underwriter or benefactor of the Ballet Ball here. Single tickets will go on sale in August 2018.

Dancer Profile: Charles Martin

Charles Martin joined Kansas City Ballet in 2007 just in time to celebrate Kansas City Ballet’s 50th Anniversary. He’s now in his 11th season with the company.

Q: WHEN DID YOU START DANCING?

A: My mom owned a dance studio and I was always there dancing around, so I started classes at age 3.

Q: WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT BEING A DANCER?

A: Getting to express things that words can not.

Dancer: Charles Martin. Photography: Brett Pruitt & East Market Studios.
Dancer: Charles Martin. Photography: Brett Pruitt & East Market Studios.

Q: DO YOU HAVE HOBBIES OR SPECIAL INTERESTS?

A: I love doing hair and makeup!

Q: DO YOU HAVE A PERSONAL MANTRA?

A: Work hard, even when it’s hard work.

Q: IF YOU FIND YOU HAVE AN UNEXPECTED HOUR FREE, WHAT WOULD BE YOUR IDEAL WAY TO SPEND IT AND WHY?

A: Meditating, stretching or taking a nap.

Dancer Profile: Danielle Bausinger

Danielle Bausinger joined Kansas City Ballet at the start of the 2014-2015 season.

Q: WHEN DID YOU START DANCING?

A: My mom loved ballet but never danced professionally. So she helped at a local dance studio. My sister went into lessons and then I followed her lead once I turned 3.

Q: WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT BEING A DANCER?

A: There is no feeling in the world like performing! Putting your emotions through your movement and to music is something magical in this world that can’t be replicated.

KCB Dancer Danielle Bausinger as evil fairy Carabosse in "The Sleeping Beauty." Photography: Brett Pruitt & East Market Studios.
KCB Dancer Danielle Bausinger evil fairy Carabosse in “The Sleeping Beauty.” Photography: Brett Pruitt & East Market Studios.

Q: DO YOU HAVE HOBBIES OR SPECIAL INTERESTS?

A: I love to go to movies and I enjoy going to the driving range every now and then.

Q: DO YOU HAVE A PERSONAL MANTRA?

A: Work hard, even when it’s hard work.

Q: IF YOU FIND YOU HAVE AN UNEXPECTED HOUR FREE, WHAT WOULD BE YOUR IDEAL WAY TO SPEND IT AND WHY?

A: I rest and recoup. I do better when my body has had some down time. If I keep going and running errands and such, I don’t have the stamina in my legs to push when I get too tired.