Event Recap: Mobank Sponsors New Moves Reception

Molly Kerr with KCB Artistic Director Devon Carney. Photography by Larry Levenson.
Molly Kerr with KCB Artistic Director Devon Carney. Photography by Larry Levenson.

A special thank you to Mobank Private Wealth as the Supporting Sponsor of Kansas City Ballet’s 2018 New Moves performances Feb. 15-18. As part of their sponsorship, they received a pre-performance reception on opening night. For the past five years, Mobank Private Wealth has been a valued Ballet Business Council member and a generous annual contributor. They support the ballet’s mission to establish Kansas City Ballet as an indispensable asset of KC through exceptional performances, excellence in dance training and community education for all ages. It’s partnerships like these that help the ballet bring a love of dance to children and adults alike through educational programs like Reach Out And Dance (R.O.A.D.), performances, and more.

Molly Kerr and her guest Hal Higdon. Photography by Larry Levenson.

Kansas City Ballet also would like to congratulate Molly Kerr for her new role as Kansas City Ballet’s 2018 Business Leadership Council Co-Chair! Molly is the Senior Vice President and KC Market Executive for Mobank Private Wealth, a division of Mobank/BOK Financial. Molly has worked in this field for nearly 30 years overseeing investments, and trust and private banking. 

Molly Kerr with her Mobank Private Wealth Team and guests. Photography by Larry Levenson.

Learn more about 2018 New Moves here:

New Moves Delivers

Behind the Scenes: New Moves 2018

Event Recap: 2017 Sugar Plum Fairy Children’s Ball

Ambience

The 23rd Annual Sugar Plum Fairy Children’s Ball, hosted by chair Mrs. Shelley Zucht, on December 9th transformed the Muehlebach Tower of the Kansas City Marriott Downtown into a beautiful floral garden. 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.

Event Photos

School Director Grace Holmes with Event Chair Shelley Zucht
School Director Grace Holmes with Event Chair Shelley Zucht
Artistic Director Devon Carney, Christa Dubill (emcee), and Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley
Artistic Director Devon Carney, Christa Dubill (emcee), and Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley
Robbi Walberg, Mark Walberg, Diane Searcy, Steven Fass, Laurie Fass, (front boys) Lawson Fass, Hudson Fass
Robbi Walberg, Mark Walberg, Diane Searcy, Steven Fass, Laurie Fass, (front boys) Lawson Fass, Hudson Fass
Catherine Middleton with daughter Sophie
Catherine Middleton with daughter Sophie
L-R. Back to front: Alison Patterson and her daughter Elwyn, Pam Welker and her daughter Sophie, Loren Whittaker and her niece Mia Whittaker.
L-R. Back to front: Alison Patterson and her daughter Elwyn, Pam Welker and her daughter Sophie, Loren Whittaker and her niece Mia Whittaker.

Photography by Brian Goodman

Event Recap: Diamond Ball Private Dinner

Dinner was served in "Verona" on the stage. Photography by Larry F. Levenson
Dinner was served in “Verona” on the stage. Photography by Larry F. Levenson

The Muriel Kauffman Theatre stage at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts was transformed into Romeo and Juliet’s Verona on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 for The Diamond Ball’s Private Dinner. Generous patrons of the 50th Annual Ballet Gala were awed by the décor and ambiance, courtesy of Larry Wheeler and Craig Sole, and enjoyed an exquisite four-course dinner.

Ball Chairman Melanie and Mike Fenske. Photography by Larry F. Levenson
Ball Chairman Melanie and Mike Fenske. Photography by Larry F. Levenson
Honorary Chair Tom Whittaker, Pam and Devon Carney (Artistic Director), Honorary Chair Loren Whittaker. Photography by Larry F. Levenson
Honorary Chair Tom Whittaker, Pam and Devon Carney (Artistic Director), Honorary Chair Loren Whittaker. Photography by Larry F. Levenson
Guild President Gigi Rose and Pirouette Award Winner Elizabeth Hard Simms. Photography by Larry F. Levenson
Guild President Gigi Rose and Pirouette Award Winner Elizabeth Hard Simms. Photography by Larry F. Levenson
David and Amy Embry, Claire and Joe Brand, Nancy Murdock and Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley. Photography by Larry F. Levenson
David and Amy Embry, Claire and Joe Brand, Nancy Murdock and Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley. Photography by Larry F. Levenson
Gary and Gigi Rose, Ian Spinks and Juliette Singer Spinks, Bill and Jo Anne Dondlinger, Peggy Beal, Jim and Barbara Eiszner. Photography by Larry F. Levenson
Gary and Gigi Rose, Ian Spinks and Juliette Singer Spinks, Bill and Jo Anne Dondlinger, Peggy Beal, Jim and Barbara Eiszner. Photography by Larry F. Levenson

Event Recap: Diamond Ball

2017 Diamond Ball photo by Larry F. Levenson
2017 Diamond Ball photo by Larry F. Levenson

On Saturday, October 7, the much anticipated Diamond Ball, presented by the Kansas City Ballet Guild, kicked off Kansas City Ballet’s 60th anniversary season at the beautiful InterContinental Kansas City At The Plaza. Guests enjoyed a lively cocktail party with delicious cuisine, breathtaking decor by Larry Wheeler Design and Craig Sole Design, crowd-pleasing entertainment by Kokomo, and two Kansas City Ballet mini-performances.

THE CHAIRmen

Honorary Ball Chairmen Tom & Loren Whittaker with Ball Chairmen Michael & Melanie Fenske. Photography by Larry F. Levenson
Honorary Ball Chairmen Tom & Loren Whittaker with Ball Chairmen Michael & Melanie Fenske. Photography by Larry F. Levenson

Melanie and Mike Fenske, senior vice president of the Global Facilities Group at Burns & McDonnell, chaired the event, which drew 450 formally-attired guests and grossed more than $476,000 for Kansas City Ballet. Loren Whittaker, a lecturer at The Kansas City Art Institute, and Tom Whittaker, chief legal officer at J.E. Dunn Construction and past president of Kansas City Ballet’s Board, served as the Honorary Chairmen.

2017 PIROUETTE award WINNER

2017 Pirouette Award is Elizabeth Hard Simms with her husband Michael Simms and KCB Dancer Molly Wagner. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.
2017 Pirouette Award winner, Elizabeth Hard Simms, with her husband Michael Simms and KCB Dancer Molly Wagner. Photography by Larry F. Levenson.

Before guests danced the night away, Guild President Gigi Rose honored Elizabeth Hard Simms (the first Ballet Ball Co-Chairman in 1968) with the 2017 Pirouette Award for her commitment to the performing arts.

PHOTOS OF THE EVENING

KCB Dancers Amanda DeVenuta and James Kirby Rogers performing an excerpt from Devon Carney’s "Romeo & Juliet." Photography by Larry F. Levenson
KCB Dancers Amanda DeVenuta and James Kirby Rogers performing an excerpt from Devon Carney’s “Romeo & Juliet.” Photography by Larry F. Levenson
KCB Guild President Gigi Rose with Bonne Illig. Photography by Larry F. Levenson
KCB Guild President Gigi Rose with Bonne Illig. Photography by Larry F. Levenson
Bryan & Jennifer Wampler, James Jordan, Jack & Barbara Spilker, and Bruce & Vicki Baxter. Photography by Larry F. Levenson
Bryan & Jennifer Wampler, James Jordan, Jack & Barbara Spilker, and Bruce & Vicki Baxter. Photography by Larry F. Levenson
KC Ballet Board President Kathy Stepp with husband Howard Rothwell. Photography by Larry F. Levenson
KC Ballet Board President Kathy Stepp with husband Howard Rothwell. Photography by Larry F. Levenson
Melinda Petet, Susan Sands, Katherine and Jim Schorgl and Greg & Barbara Storm. Photography by Larry F. Levenson
Melinda Petet, Susan Sands, Katherine & Jim Schorgl, and Greg & Barbara Storm. Photography by Larry F. Levenson

Event Recap: BARRE KC at ULAH

ULAH, located at Woodside Village, a live-work-play community at 47th and Rainbow
ULAH, located at Woodside Village, a live-work-play community at 47th and Rainbow

Kansas City Ballet BARRE KC members and friends gathered on Friday, Sept. 8 for the Welcome Back Dancer Party with an open rehearsal at the Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity followed by a Meet the Dancer party at ULAH, a men’s apparel and lifestyle store at 47th and Rainbow. Tasty treats were provided by Moxie Catering.

ULAH owner Buck Wimberly with dancers Lilliana Hagerman and Lamin Pereira dos Santos
ULAH owner Buck Wimberly with dancers Lilliana Hagerman and Lamin Pereira dos Santos
ULAH owner Joey Mendez, BARRE President Steve Peppes, Sonya Thomas, Bryant Williams and Ron Clowers
ULAH owner Joey Mendez, BARRE President Steve Peppes, Sonya Thomas, Bryant Williams and Ron Clowers

What is BARRE KC?

BARRE KC is the premier organization for young professionals interested in supporting the Kansas City Ballet. BARRE KC members enjoy the benefits of discounted ticket prices, networking, and special events with insider access to the Kansas City Ballet. They host The BARRE Soiree annually in March which raises funds to benefit Kansas City Ballet’s Reach Out And Dance, a dance in schools program. Last year, they raised $7,000 that went towards 16 new R.O.A.D. Scholarship Schools allowing the program to reach 800+ kids in the Kansas City Public School District and Turner School District.

How do I Join?

You can join BARRE KC here. Cost is $45 and is tax deductible. There are a host of benefits from ticket discounts to backstage tours to exclusive networking events. Now is the time to join!

Photography: Karen Badgett

KC Ballet Hosts 2017 Dance/USA Conference

Kansas City Ballet served as the host of the 9th annual conference for Dance/USA annual (June 7-10, 2017).

Wednesday

The conference began with an awards ceremony on Wednesday night at Union Station’s Grand Hall and Sprint Festival Plaza. As a special treat, KC Mayor Sly James welcomed the crowd. Awards and award winners included:

Thursday

Thursday started off with an address from Executive Director of Dance/USA Amy Fitterer, followed by a special welcome from National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu, and then keynote by Dawn J. Fraser talking about the importance of storytelling at the Kauffman Center. Read more about the speakers here. Breakout sessions for attendees began that afternoon at The National WWI Museum and Memorial. The night was officially capped with a Kansas City New Dance Partners performance back at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in the Muriel Kauffman Theatre. Owen/Cox Dance Group, Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company and Kansas City Ballet performed on the program.

Friday

Friday was filled with more breakout sessions in both the morning and afternoon at Kansas City Ballet’s Home,

Friday was filled with more breakout sessions in both the morning and afternoon at Kansas City Ballet’s Home,

Kansas City Ballet’s Bolender Center with lunch tent generously provided by AAA Party Rental.

the Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity. Kansas City Ballet hosted the lunch. That evening, attendees were invited to a preview screening of the new documentary “No Dominion: The Ian Horvath Story”. The film celebrated the life and career of the late Ian ‘Ernie’ Horvath, a dancer, choreographer, director, and champion for both dance and AIDS awareness.

Saturday

The conference concluded on Saturday with a final morning of breakout sessions at the Bolender Center, followed by a closing keynote speaker Jawole Willa Jo Zollar who was originally from KC before moving to NYC and founding Urban Bush Women.

#DUSAconf #DanceUSAKC

Thank you to all of the 2017 Annual Conference Sponsors, Dance/USA, the Host Committee, and attendees. Kansas City Ballet is so grateful for the opportunity to host you.

 

Event Recap: BARRE 2017 Fundraiser

Kansas City Ballet’s BARRE 2017 Fundraiser. Photography by J. Robert Schraeder Photography.

On March 11, BARRE, Kansas City Ballet’s young professionals association, held its annual fundraiser at Pennway Place to raise money to support Reach Out And Dance (R.O.A.D.) programs. R.O.A.D. programs are one of the many ways KCB’s Community Engagement and Education department reaches out to the Kansas City community.

Special Thank Yous

The event MC was the lively Mark Walberg from “Antiques Roadshow” and included a special performance for KCB’s Second Company. Guests also enjoyed tasty bites from PB&J Restaurants and beverages from Martin City Brewery, Rock and Run Brewery, Crane Brewery, Amigoni Winery, and Jacquie Ward. And, of course, there was also dancing with DJ Jeremy Anderson.

Kendra Scott Jewelry and SPC Portrait Art donated pull bags that were a flat $60 and $99 respectively. Plus, a silent auction with 35 items from massages, to Chiefs, Sporting KC, and Royals tickets, and more helped raise nearly $7K.

Proceeds

The proceeds will be earmarked for 16 new R.O.A.D. Scholarship Schools allowing the program to reach 800+ kids in the Kansas City Public School District and Turner School District.

The BARRE Board was quite pleased with the event turn out of nearly 150 attendees.

Save the Date

And, mark your calendars, work has already begun on next year’s fundraiser scheduled for March 10, 2018.

Join BARRE

Not yet a BARRE member? Memberships are still available here. If you purchase now, your membership will be good through July 2018.

Kansas City Ballet’s Second Company performed at the BARRE 2017 Fundraiser. Photography by J. Robert Schraeder Photography.
Kansas City Ballet’s BARRE 2017 Fundraiser. Photography by J. Robert Schraeder Photography.
Kansas City Ballet’s BARRE President Steve Peppes, his wife Charlena and KCB liaison Karen Badgett. Photography by J. Robert Schraeder Photography.
Attendees of the BARRE 2017 Fundraiser. Photography by J. Robert Schraeder Photography.
Attendees of the BARRE 2017 Fundraiser. Photography by J. Robert Schraeder Photography.

Nutcracker Ball – Meet the Co-Chairs

Susan Bubb and Megan Bubb Cribb: Nutcracker Ball Co-Chairmen 2013

Bubbs
Susan Bubb (left) & Megan Bubb Cribb (right)

Susan Bubb and Megan Bubb Cribb are honored to be representing the Kansas City Ballet Guild as Chairmen of the 46th annual Nutcracker Ball. The rich tradition of the Ballet Ball and the timeless beauty of The Nutcracker will magically transform the Bartle Hall Grand Ballroom on December 6th for this very special and momentous occasion. Longtime Ballet fans, Susan and Megan are happy to be able to set the framework for this new annual event. With a new date, theme, and location, this is sure to be an evening of enchantment to put you into the holiday spirit.  Net proceeds from the fundraiser support both the Kansas City Ballet and Kansas City Ballet School. Susan and Megan are proud to be  part of such an exciting time for the performing arts in Kansas City, with the announcement of the Ballet’s new artistic director, Devon Carney, we know you will agree that 2013 is truly a milestone of new direction. Susan and her husband Stephen have enjoyed opening their home for many local organizations, the Junior League of Johnson and WyandotteCounties, the Lyric Opera, The Barstow School, PEO, Fireside, the Ballet Guild and the CarlsonCenter at JohnsonCountyCommunity college. Megan careers as team lead of The Bubb Cribb Team of Reece and Nichols, she shares this team with her brother Eric Bubb and husband Christopher J. Cribb. She has a passion for all things real estate and Kansas City.

This Mother Daughter duo are looking forward to an enchanting evening with family and friends.

To purchase tickets to the 2013 Nutcracker Ball held on December 6th at Bartle Hall, you can visit our website or call 913.232.7609.