Giselle – Hauntingly Beautiful

This past weekend, Artistic Director Devon Carney’s production of Giselle opened at the Kauffman Center! We want to congratulate our dancers, production team and staff on a fantastic job making this beautiful production come to life.

Below you can view a short video featuring highlights from this past weekend’s shows.

Click here to read the Kansas City Star’s review of Giselle.

There are still three performances left – March 20-22! Get your tickets online at kcballet.org or 816.931.8993.

A Very Merry Nutcracker!

What has Kansas City said about Kansas City Ballet’s The Nutcracker? Click on the links below for exclusive interviews, videos, and pictures! There’s still time to buy tickets! Click HERE for more information!

KC Star: Click the link below to read about the last performance of Todd Bolender’s The Nutcracker.

http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/performing-arts/article4188253.html

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KC Star: Click the link below to see Nutcracker by the Numbers.

 http://www.kansascity.com/incoming/article4203809.ece/binary/%E2%80%98The%20Nutcracker%E2%80%99%20by%20the%20numbers

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KC Star: Learn about some Kansas City holiday productions!

http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/performing-arts/article3442252.html

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KC Star: Click the link to view a gallery of Nutcracker rehearsal photos! 

http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/performing-arts/article4163957.html

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KC Independent: Click the link below to read about the final performance of Todd Bolender’s The Nutcracker.

http://www.kcindependent.com/adieu-mr-b-kc-ballet-retires-bolender-nutcracker-after-one-last-set-of-performances/

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KCUR: Click the link to listen and/or read about Kansas City Ballet Dancer, Geoffrey Kropp, and his busy ballet schedule.

http://kcur.org/post/let-it-show-let-it-show-let-it-show-kansas-city-performers-holidays-mean-work

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KSHB TV 41: Click the link to see how reporter, Cynthia Newsome finds out ballet isn’t easy! 

http://www.kshb.com/lifestyle/newsome-has-a-few-sore-muscles-new-respect-for-ballet-dancers-after-nutcracker-workout

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WDAF 4: Click the link to read about this years Nutcracker production! 

http://fox4kc.com/2014/11/24/kc-ballet-unveils-the-nutcracker-at-kauffman-center-for-performing-arts/

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KCUR’s: Click the link for a behind-the-scenes speak peek of The Nutcracker dress rehearsal!

http://kcur.org/post/photos-take-look-behind-scenes-todd-bolender-s-nutcracker

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KKFI: Click the link to listen to radio host, Michael Hogge, talk about our annual production of The Nutcracker!

http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/its-a-christmas-spectacular/

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NEW MOVES 2014

NEW MOVES opened this past weekend here at the Bolender Center. This choreographic showcase allows company dancers and outside guest choreographers to create new works on our dancers. This year six new works premiered, of which four were created by company dancers Charles Martin, Travis Guerin, Anthony Krutzkamp and Ian Poulis, and two by outside guests, Erin Lustig of Seamless Dance Theater and Ilya Kozadayev, former principle dancer with Houston Ballet.

Take a look below to see some highlights from this past weekend. If you’re in the area, you still have a couple chances to catch this great performance! Get your tickets for April 4 or 5 by visiting our website or calling 816.931.2232!

 

Join Us for the 3rd Annual KC Dance Day!

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Our 3rd Annual KC Dance Day will be taking place on Saturday, August 24! Hundreds of people will flood the hallways and studios of the Bolender Center to take FREE dance classes and watch FREE performances all day long!

From 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. this event will offer a variety of classes for kids and adults of all ages. From Zumba, Yoga, and Ballet to creative movement and pre-ballet for younger children, we provide something for everyone.

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Pre-registration is encouraged, and is available online.

You also will be able to take world dance classes from the very performers you’ll see live in our Michael & Ginger Frost Studio Theater! Irish, Spanish, Indian and Hawaiian are just a few of the cultures that will be represented. You can find a more detailed list of cultures and times of performances and classes on our website.

The day will conclude with an exhibition by the company dancers of Kansas City Ballet, followed by a brief autograph signing! You won’t want to miss this rare opportunity to meet our professional dancers along with our new Artistic Director Devon Carney and pick up your FREE 2013-2014 KCB Season Poster!

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We welcome everyone to come at 9 and stay all day, and to help with that, there will be food trucks outside of our building for you to purchase food. The trucks will be outside of the Bolender Center roughly between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. (subject to change).

This event is sure to be a great time, and we hope to see you all there! Be sure to come early, as we’ll be giving away free goodie bags to a select number of people! Be sure to check out the video below and see for yourself what KC Dance Day is all about!

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Rockin’ the House: Spring Performance

The first weekend of our spring performance was a great success! Showcasing three works that featured rock and jazz music, it was an exciting and energizing event full of beautiful dance.

Take a look below at some photos from the past weekend.

Energy Made Visible by Karole Armitage

Common People by Margo Sappington

Hey-Hay, Going to Kansas City by Donald McKayle

If you haven’t seen the performance yet, there is still one weekend left! You can order tickets online at kcballet.org. For a sneak peek, check out the video below which features Margo Sappington’s Common People.

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Photo Fun: First Friday

Jazz music emanated from the walls of the Bolender Center last Friday on a beautiful spring evening as people enjoyed our Free First Friday event.

KCB Dancers performed segments from Hey-Hay, Going to Kansas City, while choreographer Donald McKayle spoke about the inspiration behind the segments along with stories from his long-time career as a performer and choreographer.

Kansas City native Jazz pianist Joe Cartwright accompanied on the piano, while radio personality Chuck Haddix narrated throughout the event. Below are some snapshots of the jazz filled evening!

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Creating Music & Dance

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Company Dancer Travis Guerin

We have just ONE MORE performance of Dancers Making Dances this Friday, March 1 at 6 p.m. We wanted to share with you an interesting fact about one of the choreographers. Not only did KCB Company Dancer Travis Guerin choreograph his piece, but he created the music he used as well!

Watch the video below to hear about his process of choreographing and composing.


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If you are interested in attending Dancers Making Dances, there are still a few tickets left for this Friday’s performance! Visit our website to purchase tickets.

Company Dancers Turned Choreographers

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Company Dancer Ian Poulis

Here in a few weeks, KCB will be having its first performances of Dancers Making Dances, a choreographic showcase featuring new works created by company dancers of Kansas City Ballet and other guest artists. This year features 8 new works, including pieces choreographed by Artistic Director William Whitener, and Mary Pat Henry of Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company.

Company Dancer Ian Poulis is one of the KCB dancers who will debut a piece in the showcase. In the video below, he talks about his work, where he found the music, and why no one in the US has ever heard it!

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If you’re interested in attending Dancers Making Dances, visit our website for ticket information.

From Dancing to Choreographing

Company Dancer Charles Martin

Company dancer Charles Martin is in his sixth season with Kansas City Ballet. The past few months he has been working with the Kansas City Youth Ballet (the performing ensemble of the KCB School) on choreographing an original piece for their fall show, held the weekend of Nov. 10.

In the video below, learn about Charles’ time choreographing for the youth ballet and how his experience as a professional dancer aided him in his work.

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