KCB School 2018 Spring Performance

Pas de Deux Class students at the 2018 Spring Performance at the Kauffman Center. Photography by Brett Pruitt & East Market Studios.
Pas de Deux Class students at the 2018 Spring Performance at the Kauffman Center. Photography by Brett Pruitt & East Market Studios.

On Tuesday, May 15, Kansas City Ballet School presented its 2018 Spring Performance at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Students from Level 2 up to and including the Student Trainees from Kansas City Ballet’s Second Company performed a variety of works for the more than 900 in attendance.

Kansas City Ballet School Director, Grace Holmes, said: “I am so proud of the accomplishments of our students this year.  Our Spring Performance showed off our students’ hard work and allowed them the incredible opportunity to share their passion on the Kauffman stage. The depth they are achieving in this wonderful art form of dance is so beautiful to see – they make our School proud!”

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Level 2 students at the 2018 Spring Performance at the Kauffman Center. Photography by Brett Pruitt & East Market Studios.
Level 2 students at the 2018 Spring Performance at the Kauffman Center. Photography by Brett Pruitt & East Market Studios.
Level 3 students at the 2018 Spring Performance at the Kauffman Center. Photography by Brett Pruitt & East Market Studios.
Level 3 students at the 2018 Spring Performance at the Kauffman Center. Photography by Brett Pruitt & East Market Studios.
Daytime Program students at the 2018 Spring Performance at the Kauffman Center. Photography by Brett Pruitt & East Market Studios.
Daytime Program students at the 2018 Spring Performance at the Kauffman Center. Photography by Brett Pruitt & East Market Studios.
Kansas City Youth Ballet students at the 2018 Spring Performance at the Kauffman Center. Photography by Brett Pruitt & East Market Studios.
Kansas City Youth Ballet students at the 2018 Spring Performance at the Kauffman Center. Photography by Brett Pruitt & East Market Studios.
Level 7/8 students at the 2018 Spring Performance at the Kauffman Center. Photography by Brett Pruitt & East Market Studios.
Level 7/8 students at the 2018 Spring Performance at the Kauffman Center. Photography by Brett Pruitt & East Market Studios.
Level 6/7/8 students at the 2018 Spring Performance at the Kauffman Center. Photography by Brett Pruitt & East Market Studios.
Level 6/7/8 students at the 2018 Spring Performance at the Kauffman Center. Photography by Brett Pruitt & East Market Studios.
Level 6/7/8 students at the 2018 Spring Performance at the Kauffman Center. Photography by Brett Pruitt & East Market Studios.
Level 6/7/8 students at the 2018 Spring Performance at the Kauffman Center. Photography by Brett Pruitt & East Market Studios.
Mens' Class students at the 2018 Spring Performance at the Kauffman Center. Photography by Brett Pruitt & East Market Studios.
Mens’ Class students at the 2018 Spring Performance at the Kauffman Center. Photography by Brett Pruitt & East Market Studios.

Event Recap: Patrons Society Year-End Celebration

Board Member Jack Rowe, outgoing Board Member Barbara Storm, Claire Brand Board Member and Joe Brand. Outgoing Board. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Board Member Jack Rowe, outgoing Board Member Barbara Storm, Claire Brand Board Member and Joe Brand. Outgoing Board. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.

Kansas City Ballet Patrons Society celebrated the end of a very successful 2017-2018 performance season with a cocktail reception on May 24 hosted at Roth Living. Attendees reminisced about Kansas City Ballet’s Diamond Jubilee Season, which featured the WORLD PREMIERE choreography of Devon Carney’s Romeo & Juliet, the Anniversary Dance Festival with six Kansas City premieres in two weekends featuring George Balanchine’s Diamonds and James Kudelka’s The Man in Black, and the WORLD PREMIERE choreography of Devon Carney’s Peter Pan.

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Board President Kathy Stepp, Howard Rothwell and Deb Westdorp. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Board President Kathy Stepp, Howard Rothwell and Deb Westdorp. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Company Dancer Dillon Malinski, Retiring Dancer Molly Wagner, Board Member Michael Frost, Ginger Frost and Artistic Director Devon Carney. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Company Dancer Dillon Malinski, Retiring Dancer Molly Wagner, Board Member Michael Frost, Ginger Frost and Artistic Director Devon Carney. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Retiring Dancer Charles Martin, Ballet Master Parrish Master, Retiring Dancer Molly Wagner, Retiring Dancer Angelina Sansone, Ballet Master Kristi Capps, Artistic Director Devon Carney, and Executive Jeffrey Bentley. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Retiring Dancer Charles Martin, Ballet Master Parrish Master, Retiring Dancer Molly Wagner, Retiring Dancer Angelina Sansone, Ballet Master Kristi Capps, Artistic Director Devon Carney, and Executive Jeffrey Bentley. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Tony Feiock Board Member and Carol Feiock with Ballet Master Parrish Maynard. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Tony Feiock Board Member and Carol Feiock with Ballet Master Parrish Maynard. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Board Member and Bolender Society Chair Susan Lordi Marker and Artistic Director Devon Carney. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Board Member and Bolender Society Chair Susan Lordi Marker and Artistic Director Devon Carney. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Company Dancer Lilliana Hagerman, Loren Whittaker, Company Dancer Lamin Pereira Dos Santos, and Board Member Siobhan McLaughlin Lesley. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Company Dancer Lilliana Hagerman, Loren Whittaker, Company Dancer Lamin Pereira Dos Santos, and Board Member Siobhan McLaughlin Lesley. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Andrew and Peggy Beal joined by Michael and Cindy Wurm. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Andrew and Peggy Beal joined by Michael and Cindy Wurm. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Sarah Porter, Board Member Vince Clark, and Georgia Fuller Company Trainee. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Sarah Porter, Board Member Vince Clark, and Georgia Fuller Company Trainee. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.

2018 YAGP NY Finals Results

Poppie Trettle and Simo XXX performing a pas de deux from XXX.
Poppy Trettel and Simo Atanasov performing a pas de deux.

For the third year in a row, Kansas City Ballet School has traveled to New York for the Youth America Grand Prix Finals.

A group of KCBS students with YAGP Coordinator Racheal Nye and School Director Grace Holmes.
A group of KCBS students with YAGP Coordinator Racheal Nye and School Director Grace Holmes.

“It‘s wonderful to watch our students grow technically and artistically as they prepare for YAGP,” KCB School Director Grace Holmes said. “Having something to work towards and an opportunity to share their hard work, contributes to students’ self-confidence. And our students are so supportive of each other – it shows how close-knit our Academy community is.”

More than 10,000 students from 31 countries who competed during the regional finals around the globe. Only 1,500 were invited to the finals in New York. Of these 800 were soloists of which KCBS happily had three, one made it to the final round: Poppy Trettel.

While KCBS students did not place at the national competition finals this year, three received scholarship offers from prestigious schools.

Hannah Zucht: Harid Conservatory

Simo Atanasov: Joffrey Ballet

Poppy Trettel: Canada’s National Ballet School

Shaping the Future

Students warm up before their round of performances.
Students warm up before their round of performances.

When asked about the event, Racheal Nye, principal and YAGP coordinator, said, “It’s great to see the growth in the kids by the end of the process, and see the school represented so well at an international event. I also really enjoy being inspired and motivated by other schools and seeing the talented students from around the world.”

Nye is proud of the way the KCBS students were kind and welcoming to other participants, and their professional attitudes.  For example, the Baroque ensemble dancers were reviewing independently and had lined up at open stage to space before she even got there to look for them.

Every year Nye reads through the written performance critiques from the YAGP judges. Her goal is to  incorporate these corrections into how she teaches all of her students going forward. She tries to approach the things she wants to fix by gearing the combinations to train the body to reflexively accomplish the move correctly. By looking at the experience as a whole, she attempts to answer these questions:

  • What pieces/choreography seemed to do well? 
  • How prepared were the students and was there anything that she could do in advance that would make things run more smoothly?
  • What could she learn about preparing better for the venue? Etc.

In doing so, the results from these competitions shape strategy for future years. 

Related Blog Posts

Here are some links to past blog posts with similar topics:

KCBS Teacher Profile: Racheal Nye

2018 YAGP Results for KCBS

KC Hosts Youth American Grand Prix

YAGP Competition This Weekend

KC Ballet School has Historic Showing at Youth American Grand Prix

 

2018 KCYB Rose Day Performance

Kansas City Youth Ballet Dancers
Kansas City Youth Ballet Dancers

On June 3, 2018, Kansas City Youth Ballet (KCYB) performed in the Rose Garden at Loose Park . The performance is part of an annual event for Kansas City Rose Society. For more than a decade, KCYB has provided entertainment for the Rose Day celebration. Other events that day include a children’s rose craft workshop, a jazz performance by Mighty MO, a Mayor’s Proclamation, and free ice cream, lemonade and bottled water for attendees.

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Kansas City Youth Ballet Dancers performing "Napoli"
Kansas City Youth Ballet Dancers performing “Napoli”
Kansas City Youth Ballet Dancers performing "Nurali from Fountain of Bakhchisarai"
Kansas City Youth Ballet Dancers performing “Nurali from Fountain of Bakhchisarai”
Kansas City Youth Ballet Dancers performing "Waltz of the Flowers"
Kansas City Youth Ballet Dancers performing “Waltz of the Flowers”
Rose Day 2018 Audiences
Rose Day 2018 Audiences