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Behind the Curtain: Jodie Gates' 'Keep Me Wishing in the Dark' - KC Ballet

Hear from choreographer Jodie Gates on her new work, 'Keep Me Wishing in the Dark.' The work is a co-commission of Kansas City Ballet and the Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College for the New Dance Partners Project where the piece premiered in Septmber. It is also on Kansas City Ballet's fall program which runs Oct. 11-20 at the Kauffman Center.

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Elena Cleaves's curator insight, October 22, 2013 4:39 PM

From working with college students to working with a professional dance company...and beyond! Climbing the ladder to a higher position, just like I want to do.

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With new director, Kansas City Ballet season debut will range far and wide - KansasCity.com

With new director, Kansas City Ballet season debut will range far and wide - KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Devon Carney has been artistic director of the Kansas City Ballet only since July 9, and now he’s about to present the company in a widely diverse program that includes the world premiere of a work that he created to celebrate his debut.
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Warrior Weekend 2013: Mindy | Troupe Duende

Mindy dances to "Aicha" by Jeb Khaled at the Warrior Weekend show held at Nica's 320 Restaurant in Kansas City, MO on May 4, 2013.

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Devon Carney Puts His Stamp On Kansas City Ballet - KCUR

Devon Carney Puts His Stamp On Kansas City Ballet - KCUR | OffStage | Scoop.it

The Kansas City Ballet's new artistic director, Devon Carney, begins his tenure with a world premiere. His work, Opus I, will open the ballet's season this month, and it provides a hint of the vision he has for the company.

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Dance Revelations | KC Studio

Ailey II Residency 2013, presented by Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, comes in to the community including performances Oct. 10-12 at The Folly Theater.

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Dance Theatre of Harlem returns to KC, as strong as ever - KansasCity.com

Dance Theatre of Harlem returns to KC, as strong as ever - KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Founded in 1969 by ballet superstar Arthur Mitchell, the first black male permanent member of the New York City Ballet, the Dance Theatre of Harlem dispelled the myth that African-American bodies were not suited to classical ballet.
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Elizabeth's curator insight, October 31, 2014 9:18 AM

This is a beautiful example of why I love to dance... the passion, the strength, the technique, the trust. Just look at that. Stunning.

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Mélange dance and event space hosts grand opening Saturday in downtown Mission - Prairie Village Post

Mélange dance and event space hosts grand opening Saturday in downtown Mission - Prairie Village Post | OffStage | Scoop.it

A new addition to the Johnson Drive business district in downtown Mission, Mélange dance ballroom and event space, will have its grand opening celebration Saturday night. The free event is open to the public. From 6 to 10 p.m. you can take part in a free group dance lesson, meet dance instructors watch dance performances – and there will be food and drink.

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Arts Center announces new dance director / LJWorld.com

The Lawrence Arts Center has announced that Hanan Misko will be its new dance school director, starting Wednesday.

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Behind the Curtain with Judith Fugate | KC Ballet

Stager Judith Fugate has been at Kansas City Ballet the past few weeks staging Jerome Robbins' 'Fancy Free' and George Balanchine's 'Allegro Brilliante.' Hear Judith talk about the pieces, and what exactly a stager is.

These two pieces will be featured on Kansas City Ballet's Fall Show, Oct. 11-20 at the Kauffman Center. Order tickets at kcballet.org or call 816-931-2232.

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"Clockwise" - Perpetual Motion Dance | MAAA

Perpetual Motion Dance performs "Clockwise," a selection from the full-length work "Water Won't Wait." The performance was at LIVE! in the Crossroads, at Mid-America Arts Alliance, Kansas City, Mo., on Sept. 6, 2013.

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Roanoke Park Hosts A Diverse Celebration Of Dance | KCUR

Roanoke Park Hosts A Diverse Celebration Of Dance | KCUR | OffStage | Scoop.it
A festive crowd gathered Saturday evening at Roanoke Park with blankets and lawn chairs for the 15th Annual "Dance in the Park" presented by City in Motion
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Kansas City Ballet launches second company - KC Business Journal

Kansas City Ballet launches second company - KC Business Journal | OffStage | Scoop.it

A new artistic director at the Kansas City Ballet is helping the organization roll out a program aimed at young dancers who want to become professionals.

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Ailey II dance company ready for performance at the Folly - KansasCity.com

Ailey II dance company ready for performance at the Folly - KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, one of the most recognizable dance companies worldwide, has a second home in Kansas City, a partnership of almost 30 years.
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MoonDrop Circus 'Dreams Big' At First Fridays

MoonDrop Circus 'Dreams Big' At First Fridays | OffStage | Scoop.it

For the past two years the aerialists, jugglers, and musicians from Moondrop Circus have attracted audiences with their antics. Most months, the group gathers in the Crossroads Arts District amid the carnival atmosphere surrounding First Fridays, at 19th and Baltimore.

 

 

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Behind the Curtain: Allegro Brillante | KC Ballet

Dancers Tempe Ostergren & Anthony Krutzkamp talk about their lead roles in George Balanchine's Allegro Brillante, which is on our fall program, Oct. 11-20 at the Kauffman Center.

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Israeli Choreographer Talia Beck to Teach at University of Kansas This Fall | Northland Lifestyle

Israeli Choreographer Talia Beck to Teach at University of Kansas This Fall | Northland Lifestyle | OffStage | Scoop.it
Talia Beck, 33, an acclaimed Israeli dancer and choreographer, will bring her talents to the University of Kansas for a residency this upcoming fall
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Elena Cleaves's curator insight, October 22, 2013 4:38 PM

Choreographers working with college students is a reoccuring theme--can work well for networking and building a reputation, especially with dance teachers from your own college. Rock Chalk!

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Johnson County Community College project pairs acclaimed choreographers with KC talent - KansasCity.com

Johnson County Community College project pairs acclaimed choreographers with KC talent - KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
“New Dance Partners,” performed Friday night at Yardley Hall, brought together local dance companies and internationally acclaimed choreographers in a program of beautiful ambiguity.
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Elena Cleaves's curator insight, October 22, 2013 4:37 PM

Choreographers working with college students--work their way up to fame? Very possible

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Into the Night Sea Production Update & Concert Announcement - Rocket Grants

Into the Night Sea Production Update & Concert Announcement - Rocket Grants | OffStage | Scoop.it

Into the Night Sea, a collaborative project and series of eight video collages featuring visual art and dance with an accompanying soundtrack of re-imagined traditional lullabies, has been moving right along!

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UMKC wants the Missouri Legislature to go halfsies on a $90 million downtown campus | The Pitch

UMKC wants the Missouri Legislature to go halfsies on a $90 million downtown campus | The Pitch | OffStage | Scoop.it

Kansas City's better-known citizens - the ones who wear suits and don't play for the Chiefs or Royals - packed Union Station's Chamber Board Room on September 19. This gathering for those tagged "business and civic leaders" served as an update on the progress of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce's "Big 5" ideas.

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Performance art en pointe: Armitage's signature choreography meets social message in 'Fables' / LJWorld.com

Performance art en pointe: Armitage's signature choreography meets social message in 'Fables' / LJWorld.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

Karole Armitage — a classically trained ballerina whose first job was dancing with a company devoted to the repertory of George Balanchine — does consider her contemporary choreography to be ballet. But Armitage wasn’t dubbed the “punk ballerina” for nothing.

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Devon Carney | KC Studio

Devon Carney | KC Studio | OffStage | Scoop.it

Devon Carney understands balance. He has spent more than 40 years in the world of ballet and recognizes striking symmetry between leading the way and then getting out of the way to allow the dance to take its own spotlight. As the new artistic director of the Kansas City Ballet, don’t be surprised to see Carney mold the company, the school and the community to see the balance in dance – the elegance of classical narratives with flirtatious short modern pieces.

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Black House Collective launches Black Lab, a two-month concert series of experimental music | The Pitch

Black House Collective launches Black Lab, a two-month concert series of experimental music | The Pitch | OffStage | Scoop.it
"It's the idea of: 'I'll play your music if you'll play mine,'" Hunter Long says of his music organization Black House Collective. "I think that's the basic appeal of what we're doing."
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Kansas City Ballet And Lyric Opera Open Doors To First Friday Crowds | KCUR

Kansas City Ballet And Lyric Opera Open Doors To First Friday Crowds | KCUR | OffStage | Scoop.it
To celebrate the opening of the 2013-2014 season, Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Kansas City Ballet threw open their doors to scores of First Friday crowds
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Seasons Open with Vigor, Humor and Naughtiness | KC Studio

Seasons Open with Vigor, Humor and Naughtiness | KC Studio | OffStage | Scoop.it

There’s something almost magical as the calendar year rolls toward September and October. Opening seasons for performing arts groups across the metropolitan area are getting ready for opening season. Some artistic directors and spokespeople for various venues offer their thoughts about the opening show or the shows early on that might just stand out for the audience.

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