Beginning this season, Community Outreach and Education will see significant expansion. Driving it is the creation of the first-ever Second Company in the Ballet’s 56-year history – a strategic initiative of new Artistic Director Devon Carney.
Known as KCB II, it will be comprised initially of six aspiring dancers from across the US. Because of the formation of KCB II – and members’ role as ambassadors for dance and KCB – we will reach into communities throughout the region in ways never before possible. Additionally KCB II will perform with KCB’s professional company. Learning the essentials of the art form in a professional environment is an invaluable experience.
Here’s a quote from Artistic Director Devon Carney:
“One of my primary goals as I begin my tenure with Kansas City Ballet is the creation of this second company. In keeping with the successful history and growth of the Company in recent years it seemed the natural next stage of development. This will enable us to expand our outreach beyond the remarkable Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity into schools, community centers, public parks and more. KCB II will serve Kansas City Ballet well as it continues to move forward as a national force in dance.”
Be on the lookout this year for performances by KCB II. We’ll be sure to post updates, photos and performance dates as soon as they become available.
If you’d like to learn more about the members of KCB II, please visit our website.