2019-20 KCB II Profile: Fiona Lee

Fiona Lee started dancing at 5 years old at a little ballet studio in rural Montana that used to be an old horse tannery. She joins KCB II.

2019-20 KCB II Profile: Fiona Lee
Fiona Lee featured in Bruce Well’s “Pinocchio” with the Pacific Northwest Ballet School Photographer: Lindsay Thomas

Q: IS THERE SOMEONE SPECIFIC THAT INSPIRES YOU IN YOUR LIFE AND/OR CAREER?

A: I decided I wanted to be a ballerina at age 10 when KCB Ballet Master Kristi Capps guested at my studio as “Giselle”. I had never talked to a professional ballerina before, and I was immediately enamored with her. She was just as graceful in everyday life as she was onstage! I aspired  to be both as glamorous and as generous as her one day. She helped me to realize my goals for dance. I have never looked back.

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

A: I love watercolor painting! It is such a great way for me to decompress while creating something beautiful in the process. My favorite thing to paint are ballerinas because their tulle skirts turn out beautifully using this ethereal medium. I also love to cook. I actually grew up with an industrial-sized wood-fire pizza oven in my kitchen. My dad would use it to make homemade pizzas and bread every week. I developed most of my cooking skills with his guidance. Now I enjoy hosting my own dinner parties and cooking for my friends.

Q: HOW DO YOU STAY FIT AND HEALTHY OUTSIDE OF THE STUDIO?

A: I do yoga twice a week to keep my mind and body balanced. Outside of that, I supplement with Pilates-based strength training and cardio sessions for my stamina. I also make time for hiking, swimming laps, and rock climbing because I love varying my workouts and staying active.

Q: WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT KC?

A: I’m obsessed with the Kansas City art scene. I love going to museums and galleries. The Nelson-Atkins and Kemper Art Museums are some of my favorite places.

Q: WHAT EXCITES YOU MOST ABOUT THE 2019-20 sEASON?

A: I am super excited for The Nutcracker! Even though I have performed in some version of it nearly every year of my life, there is always a new magic whenever I come back to the ballet.

 

Top Photograph by Brett Pruitt & East Market Studios.

BARRE KC and Second Company @Crossroads Hotel

BARRE KC and Second Company @Crossroads Hotel
Kansas City Ballet’s Second Company @Crossroads Hotel Performance | Photo by Elizabeth Stehling

Kansas City Ballet’s Second Company @Crossroads Hotel performances were held on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 in the lobby of the Crossroads Hotel. There were three showings: 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The Second Company, led by Christopher Ruud, features outstanding, classically trained dancers on the cusp of their professional careers. This intimate and informal performance was the perfect opportunity to introduce these emerging dancers. The group performed unique and cutting edge choreography including Mobile, a ballet choreographed by Tomm Ruud, Christopher’s late father, along with other works.

BARRE KC Streetcar Crawl

BARRE KC kicked off the Kansas City Ballet season with their KC Streetcar BARRE Crawl through Downtown. Each stop was themed with one of this year’s ballet performances!

The journey began by watching an open rehearsal of Carmina Burana at the Todd Bolender Center at 3 p.m. Then, parties converged at the Crossroads Hotel where a Tulips and Lobster inspired drink and a special performance by Kansas City Ballet’s Second Company did not disappoint.

From there, the group hopped on the streetcar to enjoy more drinks and bites with stops along the line including The Chesterfield for a Swan Lake-inspired spritzer, followed by Harry’s Country Club in the River Market for a Celtic cocktail, where they may or may not have departed with an Irish goodbye.

BARRE KC and Second Company @Crossroads Hotel
Kansas City Ballet’s Second Company @Crossroads Hotel Performance | Photo by Elizabeth Stehling
BARRE KC and Second Company @Crossroads Hotel
Kansas City Ballet’s Second Company @Crossroads Hotel Performance | Photo by Elizabeth Stehling
BARRE KC and Second Company @Crossroads Hotel
Kansas City Ballet’s Second Company @Crossroads Hotel Performance | Photo by Elizabeth Stehling
BARRE KC and Second Company @Crossroads Hotel
BARRE KC Members at Crossroads Hotel | Photo by Karen Badgett

Rooftop Photos at Crossroads Hotel

BARRE KC and Second Company @Crossroads Hotel
BARRE KC Board of Directors | Photo by Karen Badgett
BARRE KC and Second Company @Crossroads Hotel
BARRE KC Members at Crossroads Hotel’s Rooftop Bar | Photo by Karen Badgett
BARRE KC and Second Company @Crossroads Hotel
BARRE KC Members at Crossroads Hotel’s Rooftop Bar | Photo by Karen Badgett
BARRE KC and Second Company @Crossroads Hotel
BARRE KC Members at Crossroads Hotel’s Rooftop Bar | Photo by Karen Badgett
BARRE KC and Second Company @Crossroads Hotel
BARRE KC Members at Crossroads Hotel’s Rooftop Bar | Photo by Karen Badgett
BARRE KC and Second Company @Crossroads Hotel
BARRE KC Members at Crossroads Hotel’s Rooftop Bar | Photo by Karen Badgett