KCB II, a program of Kansas City Ballet’s School, is part of Kansas City Ballet’s second company.
This emerging professionals program gives extraordinarily talented young dancers a professional company experience as prelude to their joining a professional company.
KCB II performs throughout the region through public performances, lecture demonstrations, residencies and workshops, enabling the community to experience live dance in a public setting. The Trainees of Kansas City Ballet School also perform with KCB II.
Those interested in learning more about KCB II and/or booking them for a performance, please contact KCBII@kcballet.org.
To be considered for KCB II, a dancer should attend a company audition.
KCB II Dancers
Gavin Abercrombie was born in Acton, California, and began his ballet training at the age of 8 with the Antelope Valley Ballet. At the age of 14 he attended Pittsburgh Ballet theater’s summer intensive, where he was invited to stay year round on full scholarship. In Pittsburgh Mr. Abercrombie trained under the leadership of Marjorie Grundvig and Dennis Marshall, and was given the opportunity to perform roles such as “romantic boy” in David Lichine’s Graduation Ball, and “Golden Idol” from Petipa’s La Bayadere. After two years in Pittsburgh he attended San Francisco Ballet’s summer intensive where he trained under Patrick Armand and Parrish Maynard. Upon completion of the summer course he was invited to stay year round on full scholarship. During the two years he spent in San Francisco he was given many chances to perform in ballets such as the North American premier of Kenneth MacMillan’s Soiree Musicale, John Neumier’s Yondering, Helgi Tomasson’s Handel a Celebration, Russian in Helgi Tomasson’s Nutcracker, and debuted the male principal role in the world premiere of Parrish Maynard’s Symphonic. This is Mr. Abercrombie’s first year as a Kansas City Ballet II member.
Ms. Dafoe grew up in Sunnyvale, CA and started dancing at the age of 3. At age 9, she began her studies at San Francisco Ballet School under Yoira Esquivel Brito, Pascale Leroy and Tina LeBlanc. She also trained privately with Cuban ballet legends Jorge Esquivel and Amparo Brito. After studying at San Francisco Ballet School for 8 years, Ms. Dafoe moved to Houston, Texas to train at Houston Ballet Academy on full scholarship. There she performed solo roles in Academy productions of Stanton Welch’s The Ladies and A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. Ms. Dafoe has attended summer programs at San Francisco Ballet and on scholarship at Pacific Northwest Ballet and Houston Ballet. Last year, she was a trainee with the Kansas City Ballet Second Company. Her repertoire with the company includes the premiere of Devon Carney’s The Nutcracker (Snow and Flowers), Devon Carney’s Swan Lake (Swan Corps and Czardas) and Adam Hougland’s Rite of Spring. This is Ms. Dafoe’s first season with KCB II.
Nikolas Gaifullin was born in Sarasota, FL. He has also lived in Santiago, Chile, Amarillo, TX, and presently Tulsa, OK. He began his ballet training in the family garage with his parents, Stephanie Murrish and Daniil Gaifullin and has trained with them ever since. Nikolas has been a guest performer on his own as well as with his parents with different companies. He competed in Youth America Grand Prix from 2005-2012, receiving numerous awards in both the semi-final and final rounds of the competition, as well as full scholarship offers. In 2012, while a student with the Tulsa Ballet Center for Dance Education, he had the privilege to work with choreographer Ma Cong, who created his contemporary solo “Angelo” for competition. In 2007 he performed in the International Spoleto Festival in Italy, received the “Certificate of Achievement” from the Mayor of Amarillo for this performance, was the first place winner of the Dance Magazine video contest and received the rare privilege of a private photo session with the acclaimed ballet photographer/critic Nina Alovert. In 2008 he was featured in the Dance Magazine article “Child Prodigies”. In 2012 he was Silver Medalist in the World Ballet Competition, recipient of the Grishko Scholarship award from the Carreno Dance Festival, and guest performer in the 17th International Miami Dance Festival, Young Medalists performance. In 2015 he was the Harlequin Floor scholarship recipient for the month of April, attended ABT Collegiate Summer intensive on full scholarship, and Canada’s National Ballet School. This is Mr. Gailfullin’s second season with KCB II.
Cameron Thomas began his dance training in 2008 at the Draper Center for Dance Education in his hometown of Rochester, New York. In 2013, he became a trainee with the Rochester City Ballet under Artistic Director Jamey Leverett. While dancing with Rochester City Ballet, Cameron performed soloist roles in Jamey Leverett’s The Nutcracker, Cinderella, and George Balanchine’s Serenade. In January 2015, Cameron received a full scholarship to attend the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (JKO) School at American Ballet Theatre under the direction of Franco de Vita and Raymond Lukens. At JKO, Mr. Thomas performed in Raymond Lukens’ Four Hungarian Dances and Danse Baroque, Antony Tudor’s Soiree Musicale, Zhong-Jing Fang’s The Idea of Becoming, and performed featured roles in Petipa’s Raymonda Pas de Dix, George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, and Ethan Stiefel’s premiere of Knightlife. In 2015, Cameron was selected to perform at the open house of the American Ballet Theatre’s William J. Gillespie School at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California. Mr. Thomas has received scholarships to attend summer intensives at the Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Next Generation Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, and the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C. This is his first season with KCB II.
Goldie Jane Walberg, 20, grew up in Sherman Oaks, California. She studied ballet under Andrea Paris Gutierrez at the Los Angeles Ballet Academy in Encino, CA. In addition, Ms. Walberg has studied at the Harid Conservatory, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and on scholarship at the Houston Ballet. In 2012, Ms. Walberg was the only North American recipient of The Royal Academy of Dance Solo Seal Award. In 2013, Goldie qualified for the second time as a soloist at the Youth America Grand Prix Finals in New York. There, she received a full scholarship to The Washington Ballet School in Washington, D.C. In 2014, Goldie started her professional career as a member of Ballet Met II in Columbus, Ohio under the direction of Edwaard Liang. While at Ballet Met, she was a featured soloist in The Nutcracker, and appeared in the world premiere of Edwaard Liang’s Cinderella. This is Ms. Walberg’s second season with KCB II.
Born on Long Island, NY, Marisa Whiteman began classical training at Seiskaya Ballet, until joining Next Generation Ballet in 2011, where she also danced with Opera Tampa and at the YAGP Gala at Lincoln Center. Subsequently, while at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School she performed with the company in many corps de ballet roles in ballets such as, Terrance Orr’s The Nutcracker and Septime Webre’s Cinderella, as well as with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Ms. Whiteman spent a year training with Ekaterina Shchelkanova of Open World Dance Foundation, before joining the Kansas City Ballet Second Company as a Trainee in 2014, and was promoted to KCB II in 2016. Since joining Kansas City Ballet, she has had the privilege of performing roles in George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, Todd Bolender’s The Nutcracker, Devon Carney’s The Nutcracker and Swan Lake, Vesna a world premiere by Viktor Plotnikov, André Prokovsky’s The Three Musketeers, Septime Webre’s Alice (in wonderland), Adam Hougland’s Rite of Spring, and Anthony Krutzkamp’s Carmina Burana in conjunction with the K-State Choir, as well as with Pink Martini in concert. This past summer she performed at the Hermitage Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, and attended The School at Jacob’s Pillow, where she was featured in Yury Yanowsky’s World Premiere at the opening Gala Performance. This is Ms. Whiteman’s first season with KCB II.