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

 

Connor Hammond
Connor grew up in Coos Bay, Oregon. He began his formal ballet training at the age of 10 at the Pacific School of Dance under the direction of Christine Rader. Looking to further his training, Connor moved to San Francisco at the age of 16 to join the San Francisco Ballet School under full scholarship where he completed levels 7 and 8. Throughout his 2 years at SFBS, Connor worked closely with director Patrick Armand as well as retired principal dancers Rueben Martin Cintas and Pascal Molat. Connor has worked with many reputable guest teachers as well, such as Julio Bocca and Gennadi Saveliev. He rehearsed and performed many roles while in the school such as corps in Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes and in Helgi Tomasson’s Meistens Mozart. He also performed in Tomasson’s versions of The Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty. Connor spent 4 summers at SFBS and one summer training at the Rock School in Philadelphia. This is Connor’s first season with KCB ll.

Samantha Huebner
Originally from San Marcos, TX, Samantha Huebner began her training under Keith Duncan at Central Texas Ballet Conservatory and Marieli Guardiola-Pope at Ballet Conservatory of South Texas. At the age of 16, Samantha was accepted into the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where she spent one year training under Susan Jaffe and Laura Martin. After spending one year at UNCSA she was invited to join the Professional Division at Texas Ballet Theater under the direction of Ben Stevenson. She joined Kansas City Ballet as a trainee in 2016. Samantha also attended summer intensives with American Ballet Theater, Ballet Austin, Texas Ballet Theater, Walnut Hill, Kaatsbaan Extreme Ballet, and Kansas City Ballet. Throughout her training, Samantha performed in ballets such as Etudes, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Sleeping Beauty, Theme and Variations, and Romeo & Juliet, and has also performed soloist roles such as Pigtail Girl in Graduation Ball, Clara in The Nutcracker, Dawn in Coppelia, Myrtha in Giselle, variations in Paquita and Le Corsaire, among other contemporary ballets.

Mikayla McKean
Mikayla McKean is from Austin, Texas. Her formal ballet training began at the age of ten at the Austin School of Classical Ballet under the direction of Jennifer Felkner. At the age of fourteen, Mikayla moved to Cary, North Carolina to further her ballet training at Cary Ballet Conservatory’s Pre-Professional Training Program under Artistic Director Mariaelena Ruiz. While At CBC, Mikayla had the opportunity to perform with Cary Ballet’s Company in many classical ballets. Roles included Sugar Plum in The Nutcracker, Nikiya in La Bayadère, Pas de Trois and Grand Pas in Le Corsaire and Variations from Paquita and The Sleeping Beauty. Mikayla also competed in major ballet competitions, receiving third place in 2017 YAGP Senior Classical in Boston, MA, also receiving the 2017 ADC Jury Encouragement Award and placing in the top 12 in both classical/contemporary at ADC 2016/2018 Competition. She has spent many summers studying at prestigious ballet schools such as The Harid Conservatory, Ellison Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet. This is Mikayla’s first season with KCB II.

Austin Meiteen
Austin Meiteen (from Austin, Texas) began his formal dance training at 13 at Interlochen Arts Academy. While at Interlochen, he had the opportunity to perform in many classical ballets and original works, with roles including the Nutcracker Prince/Sugarplum Cavalier, and a soloist role in a contemporary multi-media project. At age 15, Austin left Interlochen to refine his technique at Houston Ballet Academy’s professional training division. During his time at HBA, he performed in many of Stanton Welch’s original ballets, including Brigade, The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, and the lead pas de deux in the academy’s version of Graduation Ball. Beyond ballet, Austin has also maintained an extensive relationship with contemporary dance, most notably attending Nederlands Dans Theater’s summer intensives in 2015, 2016, and 2017, all on full scholarship. In the summer of 2018, Austin had the opportunity to work with Amy Seiwert’s Imagery in San Francisco, a company dedicated to experimenting with dance and creating new works every summer. He also attended Jacobs Pillow’s contemporary program, and performed in the Pillow’s annual festival. This is Mr. Meiteen’s second year with KCB II.

Wojciech Ogloza
Wojciech Ogloza (from Ridgecrest, California) began classical ballet training at 15. He moved to Nevada to attend Kwak Ballet under the direction of Kyudong Kwak and Yoomi Lee. After a year and a half of classical ballet training in Nevada, Wojciech attended City Ballet in San Francisco where he worked with Nikolai Kabaniaev and Galina Alexandrova. He spent two years working with City Ballet and had the opportunity to do many demanding roles such as; Prince Desire (Sleeping Beauty), Cavalier (The Nutcracker), Albrecht (Giselle), etc. He then took a summer course with American Ballet Theatre and was offered a traineeship with Julie Kent at Washington Ballet in DC for a season. He then moved on to become a PD1 at Pacific Northwest Ballet for a season after attending their summer intensive. At PNB he received direction from Peter Boal, Kiyon Gaines, and many others. While at PNB he was able to learn about company life and learn amazing ballets such as Jewels, Balanchine’s Nutcracker, and was also given the opportunity to play the Prince role in Snow White. This is Wojciech’s first season with Kansas City Ballet Second Company.

Divya Rea
Divya Rea is from Wheaton, Illinois. Her formal ballet training began at Faubourg School of Ballet under the direction of Watmora Casey and Tatyana Mazur. At fifteen, Divya accepted a scholarship from Houston Ballet Academy. Over three years, she moved through the program from student, to trainee to HB II member. She danced numerous roles for HBA, including as a soloist in Stanton Welch’s Ladies and the lead in Garrett Smith’s Mortal Form. During her time at HBA, she performed internationally at Danza Córdoba in Mexico and Assemblée Internationale in Canada. She also choreographed for American Festival for the Arts and attended National Ballet of Canada as an exchange student. Since starting in KCB II, Divya has been honored to perform the roles of Juliet’s friend in Devon Carney’s Romeo & Juliet, soloist in Parrish Maynard’s Fractals and corps de ballet in Balanchine’s Diamonds. She also enjoys teaching young students in the Kansas City Ballet School program. Divya is excited for her second year in KCB II.