2018-19 Trainee Dancer Profile: Jeremy Hanson

Meet Kansas City Ballet Trainee and Second Company Dancer, Jeremy Hanson. Jeremy attended Kansas City Ballet School and graduated last spring. He was offered a position as a Trainee for the 2018-19 Season. Trainees and KCB II Dancers make up Kansas City Ballet’s Second Company.

Jeremy is the puppeteer for Toto in Kansas City Ballet’s performances of The Wizard of Oz at the Kauffman Center now through Sunday, Oct. 21st.

Q: TELL US WHY YOU BeCAME A DANCEr.

A: My mom is the owner of my dance studio back home, so naturally, she made me take a variety of dance classes from a very young age. At first I hated the idea of dancing to the point where she had to bribe me with snacks if I was able to complete a full dance class, but eventually, my passion and love for the art form grew into what it is today.

Company Dancer Amanda DeVenuta and Second Company Dancer Jeremy Hanson in The Wizard of Oz. Photography by Brett Pruitt & East Market Studios.
Company Dancer Amanda DeVenuta and Second Company Dancer Jeremy Hanson in The Wizard of Oz. Photography by Brett Pruitt & East Market Studios.

Q: WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO WHEN YOU’RE NOT DANCING?

A: I love taking photos and videos and especially love editing them and making them into something that shows off my creativity. It’s another way I love to express myself and try to do it as often as I can when I’m not dancing.

Q: WHAT IS SOMETHING MOST PEOPLE WOULDN’T KNOW ABOUT YOU?

A: The umbilical cord was wrapped around my neck twice when I was born. My mom had to go off sugar completely because the doctors were very worried I wouldn’t be able to slip through when I was finally born. I’m very fortunate to be alive today, much less being as fortunate as I am to be doing what I love every day.

Q: WHAT IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE?

A: Hip-Hop. I started out my passion for dancing in a completely different genre than Ballet. When I can I try to go take Hip-Hop classes or try to teach classes because I do miss it. I found my love for Ballet specifically only a couple of years ago. Although my love for it continues to grow more and more each day, I do still miss my roots and my first love when it comes to dancing.

Q: WHAT IS THE BEST LIFE ADVICE YOU’VE RECEIVED AND WHY?

A: “Everything happens for a reason.” This is something I live by. It really helps me get through the tough times and makes me see the positive in almost every situation.

 

Top Photo by Savanna Daniels