On Saturday, August 24, Kansas City Ballet hosted the 9th annual KC Dance Day at the Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity. Nearly 1,600 people attended this event which included free dance and fitness classes for kids and adults as well as performances by local dance groups and world dance groups representing different dance cultures. Kansas City Ballet’s Second Company performed and the day concluded with an open rehearsal by Kansas City Ballet’s Company Dancers showcasing snippets from their upcoming season. Special thanks to our sponsors BMO Harris Bank, LEAGUE at AT&T, Aristocrat and Jason’s Deli.
On Wednesday, May 22, 2019, Kansas City Ballet’s Board, Staff, Dancers and Bolender Society Members gathered to celebrate another successful season. In addition to sharing the many highlights from the 61st season, which began with the world premiere performance of Septime Webre’s The Wizard of Oz, dancer Tempe Ostergren was recognized for her retirement nine years with the company. Kansas City Ballet Board President Kathy Stepp congratulated everyone for their hard work and dedication. President-Elect Jack D. Rowe hosted the event at Lathrop Gage.
Kansas City Ballet Bolender Society attended Lady of the Camellias or How I Fell in Love with Chopin at Age 4 with Music Director Ramona Pansegrau on January 24 hosted at the Carriage Club by Mike and Melanie Fenske.
The evening included special performances by mezzo-soprano Sarah Curtis and Second Company dancers with a cocktail and dessert reception.
Attendees enjoyed the musical portion of the evening and then heard Artistic Director Devon Carney’s exclusive announcement of Kansas City Ballet’s 2019-2020 season, which features Adam Hougland’s WORLD PREMIERE Carmina Burana, Devon Carney’s Swan Lake, Lila York’s Celts, George Balanchine’s Serenade, and Edwaard Liang’s Wunderland.
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The 24th Annual Sugar Plum Fairy Children’s Ball, hosted by chair Mrs. Shelley Zucht, on December 1st transformed the Muehlebach Tower of the Kansas City Marriott Downtown into the Land of Sweets. Guests enjoyed the Kansas City Youth Ballet performance, as well as holiday carols sung by Ginger Frost High School Honors Artists from the Lyric Opera. It was indeed all about the twinkle and sparkle of the holidays as guests were treated with incredible magicians, jugglers, beautiful face painting, photos with the Sugar Plum Fairy and shopping at the Nutcracker market. At the end of the feast, everyone was whisked away to the matinee performance of The Nutcracker presented by Kansas City Ballet and sponsored by Bank of America. It was a wonderful way to celebrate the start of the holiday season.
SUGAR PLUM FAIRY BALL CHAIR
HOST AND EMCEE
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Photography by Don Ipock
Generous patrons of the 2018 Ballet Ball, The Emerald City Ball, were guests at a private dinner on the stage of the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. The Emerald City scene from The Wizard of Oz ballet provided the perfect setting for the event underwritten by the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation. The exquisite four-course dinner was served amid the lovely table décor provided by Craig Sole and Larry Wheeler. Guests enjoyed Kansas City Ballet Second Company Dancers and Trainees performing a number from The Wizard of Oz.
Photography by Larry F. Levenson
On September 27, Kansas City Ballet Guild hosted their 2018-2019 Season’s Fall Luncheon at Webster House. Members, new and old, enjoyed a delicious luncheon followed by a welcome from the Guild President Susan Meehan-Mizer.
Photography: Larry F. Levenson.
Artistic Director Devon Carney and Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley welcomed guests to the 61st season of Kansas City Ballet at its annual Season Launch Party on Oct. 12, 2018 at One Park Place and a post-show reception at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Members of the Ballet’s Bolender Society enjoyed an elegant event reflective of the artistic themes of the season. Following the fete, Bolender Society members enjoyed the world premiere of Septime Webre’s The Wizard of Oz at the Kauffman Center. Upcoming Kansas City Ballet performances include The Nutcracker (Nov. 30 – Dec. 23), Lady of the Camellias (Feb. 15-24), New Moves (March 28-31), and Tharp, Parsons, Forsythe (May 10-19). For tickets or more information, visit kcballet.org.
Photography: Don Ipock
On Saturday, October 6, the Kansas City Ballet Guild presented the Emerald City Ball, a celebration of Kansas City Ballet’s world premiere of Septime Webre’s The Wizard of Oz, at the beautiful InterContinental Kansas City At The Plaza. Guests enjoyed a lively cocktail party, delicious cuisine, breathtaking decor by Larry Wheeler and Craig Sole Designs, crowd-pleasing entertainment by Michael Beers Band, and a spectacular runway show featuring the fashions of Oz narrated by costume designer Liz Vandal. Gigi Rose chaired the event. Carol and W. Anthony Feiock, whose involvement with Kansas City Ballet has been long and noteworthy, served as honorary chairman. Guild President Susan Meehan-Mizer and Kansas City Ballet Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley presented the 2018 Pirouette Award to Frank Byrne, executive director of the Kansas City Symphony, for his outstanding contribution to the performing arts.
Photography by Larry F. Levenson
Join Kansas City Mayor Sly James as he leads a procession to announce the Kickoff to Oz with an official proclamation about Kansas City Ballet’s World Premiere of The Wizard of Oz. Dorothy’s ruby slippers will be put on display and attendees will enjoy a performance by the Second Company, and an educational dance workshop for kids will follow.
Take a selfie with Dorothy’s ruby slipper pointe shoes before they make their world premiere during Kansas City Ballet’s The Wizard of Oz, October 12-21 at the Kauffman Center.
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One lucky fan will WIN 4 tickets to Kansas City Ballet’s The Wizard of Oz! We will randomly select a winner from one of our social media sites.
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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.