Trainee Profile: Madison Mackenzy Braaksma

KCB Trainee Madison Braaksma. Photography by Savanna Daniels.
KCB Trainee Madison Braaksma. Photography by Savanna Daniels.

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.

Trainee Profile: Emma Fridenmaker

KCB Trainee Emma Fridenmaker. Photography by Savanna Daniels.
KCB Trainee Emma Fridenmaker. Photography by Savanna Daniels.

Originally from Villa Hills, Ky. just outside of Cincinnati, Emma Fridenmaker 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: It has always been my dream to dance professionally for as long as I can remember. I wanted to dance because my older sister danced and I wanted to be just like her. So, when I started preschool, I took the ballet class they offered there. Then the following year, I started my training at Cincinnati Ballet.

Q: what do you enjoy most about being a dancer?

A: I enjoy performing. I love being on stage and being able to really embody a character. I also enjoy the bond that is created between all the dancers.

Q: do you have hobbies or special interests?

A: I really enjoy making jewelry—back home, my best friend and I would make and sell jewelry to the kids in the Nutcracker cast. I also love baking. My specialty is chocolate chip cookies.

Q: WHAT ARE MOST PEOPLE SURPRISED TO LEARN ABOUT YOUR JOB AS A DANCER?

A: It is life consuming. Everything revolves around your future and your career.

Q: DO YOU HAVE A PERSONAL MANTRA?

A: Be an encourager. The world already has enough critics.

Trainee Profile: Allison Rainford

KCB Trainee Allison Rainford. Photography by Savanna Daniels.
KCB Trainee Allison Rainford. Photography by Savanna Daniels.

Originally from Springfield, Ill., Allison Rainford joined Kansas City Ballet as a Trainee for the 2016-2017 season. This is her second season as a Trainee.

Q: how did you become a dancer? WHEN DID YOU START DANCING?

A: When I was 8, a friend let me try her pointe shoes on. After that I just had to dance, so my mom enrolled me in classes.

Q: what do you enjoy most about being a dancer?

A: Performing! There is a feeling you get on stage that you can’t find anywhere else.

Q: do you have hobbies or special interests?

A: I really enjoy cooking and baking. I just find them really relaxing, plus you have delicious treats when you’re done!

Q: What is something most people wouldn’t know about you?

A: I grew up on a farm.

Q: What do you enjoy most about kc and why?

A: I love the city! it’s a lot bigger than the town where I grew up, and I really like exploring it.

Trainee Profile: Samantha Huebner

KCB Trainee Samantha Huebner. Photography by Savanna Daniels.
KCB Trainee Samantha Huebner. Photography by Savanna Daniels.

Samantha Huebner is in her second year as a student trainee with Kansas City Ballet.

Q: HOW DID YOU BECOME A DANCER? AND WHEN DID YOU START DANCING?

A: My parents put me in dance classes when I was 3 years old. They said when I came off stage after my first recital that I said, “I want to do this forever!”

Q: what do you enjoy most about being a dancer?

A: Absolutely everything! I love the endless strive for perfection, and the satisfying feeling when I accomplish something—whether that be a performance, or gaining an inch of flexibility.

Q: What is something most people wouldn’t know about you?

A: I’m a total nerd. I love math and science. My favorite movies, TV shows and books are Sci-Fi themed and futuristic. I love Star Trek and Star Wars, Tron, etc. Also, SpongeBob is the best show ever.

Q: If you have an unexpected hour free, what would be your ideal way to spend it and why?

A: If I have an hour free while I’m at work, I’ll spend it stretching and snacking. If I’m at home with an hour free, I’ll plop down on the couch and watch my current favorite Netflix show.

Trainee Profile: Georgia Fuller

KCB Trainee Georgia Fuller. Photography by Savanna Daniels.

Georgia Fuller began her first season with Kansas City Ballet’s Trainee Program this fall. Learn more about the Cincinnati native below.

Q: HOW DID YOU BECOME A DANCER? AND WHEN DID YOU START DANCING?

A: I started dancing when I was only 2 years old. My mom put me in classes at a small studio because I had so much energy and was constantly dancing around! I later began more intense training when I turned 7.

Q: What do you enjoy most about being a dancer?

A: What I enjoy most about dancing is the feeling you get while your body is moving in time with music. The expression of my emotions onstage takes me to my happy place—you get to be truly yourself. It is only you and the music.

Q: Do you have hobbies or special interests? If so, what are they and what do you enjoy about them?

A: I love reading, writing, and baking! I’m a huge bookworm, and I love writing poetry. I also enjoy baking healthy recipes for my friends and family.

Q: Do you have a personal mantra or affirmation you swear by? If so, what is it?

A: I always tell myself that to live life well, one must always be humble and kind. Before I go onstage, I always repeat the bible verse, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” It’s my favorite.

 

Photography by Savanna Daniels