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.
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.
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.
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.