KC Dance Day 2019

Kansas City Ballet’s Second Company performed a short work during the open rehearsal at KC Dance Day. Photo by Elizabeth Stehling.

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.

KC Dance Day 2019
KC Dance Day attendees enjoyed learning the art of Ballet in a morning class at the Bolender Center. Photo by Savanna Daniels.
KC Dance Day 2019
Participants learned new moves in a Contemporary class at KC Dance Day. Photo by Savanna Daniels.
KC Dance Day 2019
Parents and their little ones enjoyed a Dance with Me class in the Michael and Ginger Frost Studio Theater. Photo by Savanna Daniels.
KC Dance Day 2019
Onlookers enjoyed watching free performances from both local and world dance groups at KC Dance Day. Photo by Elizabeth Stehling.
KC Dance Day 2019
Kansas City Youth Ballet gets the audience going during the Youth Dance Performances at KC Dance Day. Photo by Savanna Daniels.
KC Dance Day 2019
Kansas City Aerial Arts stuns the crowd while suspended in the air during their performance. Photo by Elizabeth Stehling.
KC Dance Day 2019
El Grupo Atotoniko (Mexico) delights the audience at the local World Performances during KC Dance Day. Photo by Elizabeth Stehling.

Event Recap: End of Season Party at Lathrop Gage

L-R Back Row: Jeffrey J. Bentley, Devon Carney, Kathy Stepp, Jack Rowe, Andrew Elsberry. Front Row: Angela Walker, Tempe Ostergren, Ginger and Michael Frost.

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.

Event Photos

Vince Clark, Joe and Claire Brand, Val Caniparoli, and Carol Feiock.
L-R: Barbara Storm, Siobhan McGlaghlin Lessley, Jeffrey J. Bentley, Ball Chair Peggy Beal, Linda Peakes
Kathy Stepp, Music Director Ramona Pansegrau, Tom and Loren Whittaker, Danielle Bausinger and Liang Fu.
Amanda DeVenuta, Mark Sappington, Gavin Abercrombie, David Donovan, and James Kirby Rogers.
Tony and Carol Feiock, Jan Foletta, Karen Yungmeyer and Zack Hangauer.
Outgoing KCB Board President Kathy Stepp congratulates the group on a great season.
Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley, Glen and Susan Sands, Vince Clark and Dr. John Hunkeler.

Event Recap: An Evening with Ramona Pansegrau

Photography by Larry F. Levenson
Photography by Larry F. Levenson

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.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

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.

For tickets or more information click here.

EVENT Photos

Kansas City Ballet's Second Company performed. Photography by Larry F. Levenson
Kansas City Ballet’s Second Company performed. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Angela Walker, Barbara Storm, and Ramona Pansegrau. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Angela Walker, Barbara Storm, and Ramona Pansegrau. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Joan Locke, George Langworthy, Ramona Pansegrau. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Joan Locke, George Langworthy, Ramona Pansegrau. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Doug and Karen Downing, Mathew and Jane Webster, Devon Carney, and KCBII Dancers. Photography by Larry F. Levenson
Doug and Karen Downing, Mathew and Jane Webster, Devon Carney, and KCBII Dancers. Photography by Larry F. Levenson
Diana and Rick Poccia and Ramona Pansegrau. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Diana and Rick Poccia and Ramona Pansegrau. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Steve and Cathy Doyal, Artistic Director Devon Carney and Pam Royal Carney. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Steve and Cathy Doyal, Artistic Director Devon Carney and Pam Royal Carney. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley and Bill and Ginny Shackelford. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley and Bill and Ginny Shackelford. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.

 

Event Recap: 2018 Sugar Plum Fairy Children’s Ball

Mary Leonida, Barbara Lewis, Beth Fleck, Michelle Weeks, Ava Weeks, Rebecca Plemmons, Jana Kumar, Brooklyn Kumar, Mackenzie Plemmons, Maya Fleck

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

Chair Shelley Zucht with husband Cord

HOST AND EMCEE

Event Emcee, KSHB Anchor Christa Dubill and host of Antiques Roadshow, Mark Walberg entertain guests

MORE EVENT PHOTOS

Kansas City Ballet Artistic Director Devon Carney, Pamela Royale Carney, School Director Grace Holmes, Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley
Tatiana Graham, Zana Lange, Alexander Jenkins as Fritz, Annabelle and Juliana Graham, Alexis Snyder as Clara
Catherine and Sophie Middleton
Kristin and Adele Osbern with Kansas City Board member, Claire Brand
Marc Larsen with daughters Ellory and Marren, join Chris Longly and his daughter Elizabeth
Ella Grace and Sarah Zschoche, Amy Carter Zschoche, Melissa Consentino, Bridget Battmer, Andrea Moore

Photography by Don Ipock

Event Recap: The Emerald City Ball Private Dinner

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.

Event Photos

Mr. and Mrs. Gary Rose
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Rose
Mr. Michael Fields, Ms. Julia Irene Kauffman, Mr. Cliff Illig, Mr. Terry Dunn
Mr. Michael Fields, Ms. Julia Irene Kauffman, Mr. Cliff Illig, Mr. Terry Dunn
Mr. and Mrs. John Walker flank Mr. Devon Carney, Artistic Director
Mr. and Mrs. John Walker flank Mr. Devon Carney, Artistic Director
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Whittaker, Mr. Jeffrey J. Bentley, Executive Director, Ms. Nancy Murdock
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Whittaker, Mr. Jeffrey J. Bentley, Executive Director, Ms. Nancy Murdock
Dr. and Mrs. Michael Frost
Dr. and Mrs. Michael Frost
Mrs. James Eiszner, Mrs. Bill Dondlinger, Mrs. Gary Rose, Ms. Susan Meehan-Mizer, Mrs. Andrew Beal, Mrs. Randy Downing, Ms. Juliette Singer
Mrs. James Eiszner, Mrs. Bill Dondlinger, Mrs. Gary Rose, Ms. Susan Meehan-Mizer, Mrs. Andrew Beal, Mrs. Randy Downing, Ms. Juliette Singer.
Mr. Devon Carney, Artistic Director, Ms. Joan J. Horan.
Mr. Devon Carney, Artistic Director, Ms. Joan J. Horan.

Photography by Larry F. Levenson

Event Recap: Guild 2018 Fall Luncheon

Guild President Susan Meehan-Mizer, Susan Sands, Melinda Petet. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Guild President Susan Meehan-Mizer, Susan Sands, Melinda Petet. 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.

Event Photos

Artistic Director Devon Carney, Vicki Baxter, Sue Ann Fagerberg, Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Artistic Director Devon Carney, Vicki Baxter, Sue Ann Fagerberg, Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Gigi Rose and Craig Sole. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Gigi Rose and Craig Sole. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Gigi Rose, Juliette Singer, Melissa Ford, Mary Beth Hershey, Kathy Nordhus. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Gigi Rose, Juliette Singer, Melissa Ford, Mary Beth Hershey, Kathy Nordhus. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Pattie Lou Cleary, Glenda Lee Touslee, Lisa Hickok. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Pattie Lou Cleary, Glenda Lee Touslee, Lisa Hickok. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Front row: Sue Ann Fagerberg, Juliette Singer, Guild President Susan Meehan-Mizer, Linda Peakes, Second Row: Barbara Eiszner, Gail Van Way, Gigi Rose, Jo Anne Dondlinger, Edie Downing, Mary Beth Hershey, Back Row: Vicki Baxter, Becky Quinn, Peggy Beal, Cydni James. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Front row: Sue Ann Fagerberg, Juliette Singer, Guild President Susan Meehan-Mizer, Linda Peakes, Second Row: Barbara Eiszner, Gail Van Way, Gigi Rose, Jo Anne Dondlinger, Edie Downing, Mary Beth Hershey, Back Row: Vicki Baxter, Becky Quinn, Peggy Beal, Cydni James. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Gigi Rose and Craig Sole. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Gigi Rose and Craig Sole. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
New Guild Members: Carrie Kruse, Stephanie Eppler, Cyndi James, Linda Peakes, Becky Quinn, Pattie Lou Cleary, Melissa Cavanaugh, Whitney Hosty. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
New Guild Members: Carrie Kruse, Stephanie Eppler, Cyndi James, Linda Peakes, Becky Quinn, Pattie Lou Cleary, Melissa Cavanaugh, Whitney Hosty. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.

Photography: Larry F. Levenson.

Event Recap: 2018-19 Season Launch Party

Richard Jensen, Pam and (Artistic Director) Devon Carney, Susan and Zack Hangauer, Gay Dannelly
Richard Jensen, Pam and (Artistic Director) Devon Carney, Susan and Zack Hangauer, Gay Dannelly

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.

Event Photos

Julia Irene Kauffman, Thomas and Loren Whittaker, Carol Feiock
Julia Irene Kauffman, Thomas and Loren Whittaker, Carol Feiock
Daniel Rodriguez, John and Angela Walker, Josh Bodden, Septime Webre
Daniel Rodriguez, John and Angela Walker, Josh Bodden, Septime Webre
Jeff and Ashley Crouch, Susan Lordi and Dennis Marker
Jeff and Ashley Crouch, Susan Lordi and Dennis Marker
Howard Rothwell, Lilliana Hagerman, Lamin Pereira dos Santos, Kathy Stepp
Howard Rothwell, Lilliana Hagerman, Lamin Pereira dos Santos, Kathy Stepp
Dr. David S. McGee, Amanda DeVenuta, Mark Sappington
Dr. David S. McGee, Amanda DeVenuta, Mark Sappington

Photography:  Don Ipock

Event Recap: The Emerald City Ball

Honorary Chairmen Mr. and Mrs. W. Anthony Feiock, Mr. and Mrs. Gary Rose, Executive Director Mr. Jeffrey J. Bentley. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Honorary Chairmen Mr. and Mrs. W. Anthony Feiock, Mr. and Mrs. Gary Rose, Executive Director Mr. Jeffrey J. Bentley. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.

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.

EVENT PHOTOS

Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Cohen, Mr. Devon Carney, Ms. Liz Vandal. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Cohen, Mr. Devon Carney, Ms. Liz Vandal. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Mrs. John Walker, Trainee Miss Leah Upchurch, Mr. John Walker, Trainee Miss Juliana Kuhm. Photography by Larry F. Levenson
Mrs. John Walker, Trainee Miss Leah Upchurch, Mr. John Walker, Trainee Miss Juliana Kuhm. Photography by Larry F. Levenson
Ms. Kristina Klug, Ms. Kim Stevens, Mrs. Cliff Illig, Ms. Kathy Fallon, Ms. Collette Harrison, Ms. Sandy Pummill, Ms. Charmaine Pummill, Ms. Rachel Thompson, Ms. Leah FitzGerald, Ms. Gretchen FitzGerald. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Ms. Kristina Klug, Ms. Kim Stevens, Mrs. Cliff Illig, Ms. Kathy Fallon, Ms. Collette Harrison, Ms. Sandy Pummill, Ms. Charmaine Pummill, Ms. Rachel Thompson, Ms. Leah FitzGerald, Ms. Gretchen FitzGerald. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Beautiful ambiance, floral by Mr. Larry Wheeler and Mr. Craig Sole. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Beautiful ambiance, floral by Mr. Larry Wheeler and Mr. Craig Sole. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Mr. Ian Spinks, Ms. Juliette Singer, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Dondlinger, Mr. and Mrs. Gary Rose, Chairwoman, Mr. Septime Weber, Mr. and Mrs. Randy Downing. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Mr. Ian Spinks, Ms. Juliette Singer, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Dondlinger, Mr. and Mrs. Gary Rose, Chairwoman, Mr. Septime Weber, Mr. and Mrs. Randy Downing. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Costume Fashion Show announced by Costume Designer Liz Vandal (middle). Members of Kansas City Ballet's Second Company walked the runway. Photography by Larry F. Levenson
Costume Fashion Show announced by Costume Designer Liz Vandal (middle). Members of Kansas City Ballet’s Second Company walked the runway. Photography by Larry F. Levenson
KCB Trainee Mr. Jeremy Hanson, Company dancer Ms. Tempe Ostergren, Mr. and Mrs. Josh Rowland, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Stowers, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Parkerson, Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Esrey. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
KCB Trainee Mr. Jeremy Hanson, Company dancer Ms. Tempe Ostergren, Mr. and Mrs. Josh Rowland, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Stowers, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Parkerson, Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Esrey. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Executive Director Mr. Jeffrey J. Bentley, Pirouette Award Winner Mr. Frank Byrne, Ballet Guild President Ms. Susan Meehan-Mizer. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
Executive Director Mr. Jeffrey J. Bentley, Pirouette Award Winner Mr. Frank Byrne, Ballet Guild President Ms. Susan Meehan-Mizer. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.

 

Photography by Larry F. Levenson

You’re Invited: Kickoff to Oz at Union Station

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.

Selfie Contest

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.

Upload to Kansas City Ballet Social Media Channels and type the hashtag #OZsomeKC. Be sure to like or follow us anytime before September 30. We will announce the winner on October 1.

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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.

Tickets

For tickets visit KCBallet.org or call 816.931.8993.

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.

Event Photos

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.