Auditions for Kansas City Ballet School’s 2018 Summer Intensive program begin today. After all, summer will be here before we know it.
Admission to Kansas City Ballet School Summer Intensive is by audition only. The five-week program is for students 11-22 years of age (females who have had a minimum of one school year of pointe work). Auditions kick off this Friday, Jan. 4 in Chicago and continue to 22 other cities throughout January and into February. Here is the complete list. KCBS will host two auditions: the first is on Saturday, Jan. 19 and the the second on Saturday, Feb. 16—the final audition.
There were 167 students who attended this year’s intensive program. Of those, only 37 are current KCBS Academy attendees, the rest were chosen through auditions that took place across the country or through video auditions. The majority of students came from outside of Kansas and Missouri, and two were from outside of the U.S. Of these one is from Japan and the other from Bulgaria.
Besides learning from an incredible list of teachers and faculty from Kansas City Ballet, others included: Sarah Lane, Alicia Graf Mack, Olivier Munoz, Larissa Ponomarenko, and Mel Tomlinson. All couldn’t be happier with the students’ eagerness to learn or their progress during the program.
“The students who attended our summer intensive this year were amazing,” said Kansas City Ballet School Director Grace Holmes. “Their level of commitment, camaraderie and artistic spirit, took our program to new levels. I am so proud of all of the students who danced with us this summer and we are grateful that they and their parents chose Kansas City Ballet School.”
Kansas City Ballet School Director Grace Holmes praises the students for their hard work at this year’s intensive. Photography: Andrea Wilson
It’s the second week of Summer Intensive here at Kansas City Ballet, and the studios of the Bolender Center are bustling with activity.
Below are some snapshots to give you a look into a day in the life of a KCBS Summer Intensive Student!
This is just a small glimpse into the daily schedule of our students here at KCBS Summer Intensive. Along with ballet technique and pointe, they take variations and learn more about partnering in the pas de deux class. They are exposed to an even broader range of dance forms including modern, flamenco and character.
As you can see, it’s already been a busy summer, but we can tell they’re all having fun! Check back for later posts that will include more photos and interviews from students!