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OffStage is a compilation of all the performing arts news for the Kansas City region, including Topeka, Lawrence, and Columbia. For our calendar of show and audition listings, magazine archives, and a whole lot more visit www.kcstage.com
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On My Mind: Tracie Davis | Ink

On My Mind: Tracie Davis | Ink | OffStage | Scoop.it
Tracie Davis is a modern day Renaissance woman, using her multiple talents to pay the bills and raise two daughters on her own.
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Lady Jack performs Serpentine at the 3rd Annual Kansas City Burlesque Festival

Lady Jack is a multi‐faceted Performance Artist and Burlesque Dancer from Chicago who delights in anything demanding red lipstick and a top hat. She is a pre...
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Five Questions For Kansas City Ballet’s William Whitener | KCUR

Five Questions For Kansas City Ballet’s William Whitener | KCUR | OffStage | Scoop.it
KCUR Arts QA With Kansas City Ballet Artistic Director William Whitener
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As Kansas City Ballet’s Whitener exits, new energy remains | KansasCity.com

As Kansas City Ballet’s Whitener exits, new energy remains | KansasCity.com | OffStage | Scoop.it
In his last week, after 17 years with the Kansas City Ballet, artistic director William Whitener reflects on the company’s growth as dance community awaits word of his successor.
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Traditional Music Society Showcase | Photos by Mike Strong

Traditional Music Society Showcase | Photos by Mike Strong | OffStage | Scoop.it
Traditional Music Society Presents World Dance Showcase, Saturday 27 April 2013, 38th and Troost, St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Kansas City, MO
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GONE? HARDLY: KC Ballet presents world premiere by edge-cutting choreographer | KC Independent

You’d be hard-pressed to find an American artist in any field as interesting as Karole Armitage. She grew up partly in Lawrence, learned classical ballet initially and absorbed the work of George Balanchine in Geneva before becoming a dancer with the legendary Merce Cunningham. Shortly after forming her own company in New York she began creating choreography for many of the world’s top companies. Known for works that blend dance, music and art, she has garnered a Tony nomination for her work on Broadway and has choreographed videos for Michael Jackson, Madonna (“Vogue”) and Merchant-Ivory films. Even the name of her company is interesting: Armitage Gone! Dance.

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Grew up in Lawrence, KS, went on to make it big working in famous companies, making her own, working on Broadway and choreographing famous music videos

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The Vignette: Hey-Hay, Going To Kansas City Ballet

The Vignette: Hey-Hay, Going To Kansas City Ballet | OffStage | Scoop.it

The Kansas City Ballet’s 55th season is going out with a bang. The final program features three distinct sections that are very different, but have a uniting theme of jazz and sass.

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KCUR: Rock, Jazz, And William Shatner Conclude Kansas City Ballet's Season

KCUR: Rock, Jazz, And William Shatner Conclude Kansas City Ballet's Season | OffStage | Scoop.it
The Kansas City Ballet tops off its 55th season with a playful mix of dance.
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The Pitch's Questionnaire with Kansas City Ballet artistic director William Whitener

The Pitch's Questionnaire with Kansas City Ballet artistic director William Whitener | OffStage | Scoop.it

Interesting brush with the law? I had a couple of skirmishes in my youth and danced my way out of them.

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A celebration of form and movement | The University News

The UMKC School of Dance last Thursday presented the Spring Dance Concert, a collection of performances choreographed by the Conservatory’s DeeAnna Hiett, Bernard Gaddis, Paula Webber, Sabrina Madison-Cannon, Ronn Tice, Ming Xia, and Gary Abbott.

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Lady Jack performs The Fool at the historic Folly Theater, 2013 KC Burlesque Fest!

Lady Jack is a multi‐faceted Performance Artist and Burlesque Dancer from Chicago who delights in anything demanding red lipstick and a top hat. She is a pre...
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William Whitener by Larry F. Levenson

William Whitener by Larry F. Levenson | OffStage | Scoop.it

For thirty years, William Whitener has been active as a dancer, teacher, choreographer and director and has worked with leaders of contemporary American ballet, including Robert Joffrey, Jerome Robbins, and Twyla Tharp. Mr. Whitener has served as artistic director of both Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal.

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Public reception planned to honor retiring dance director | LJWorld.com

Public reception planned to honor retiring dance director | LJWorld.com | OffStage | Scoop.it

A public reception is planned to honor Candi Baker, who has announced her retirement after 29 years as director of dance at the Lawrence Arts Center.

The reception is planned for 5 p.m. Saturday in the lobby of the Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

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A Kansas City Ballet Mass Appeal | KC Studio

A Kansas City Ballet Mass Appeal | KC Studio | OffStage | Scoop.it

During the summer, the Summer Intensives offer teens from all over the nation who audition and are accepted the chance to work with nationally renowned faculty (above) or summer camps for kids (facing page, center). The Studio classes also include ballet for adults (Facing page, left.) Or they can try to improve their flexibility and strength in yoga and Pilates (facing page, far right.)

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KC Ballet "Hey-Hay, Going to Kansas City" review by Libby Hanssen | KC Star

KC Ballet "Hey-Hay, Going to Kansas City" review by Libby Hanssen | KC Star | OffStage | Scoop.it

Kansas City Ballet ended its 55th season with a celebration of American dance, music and hometown talent in “Hey-Hay, Going to Kansas City.” This vibrant company offered an exhilarating trio of pieces on Friday night, including the world premiere of Karole Armitage’s “Energy Made Visible.”

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Ballet closes 2012-2013 season with one of its best programs ever | KC Independent

To be a serious ballet company these days you can’t just do an endless series of Swan Lakes: You’ve got to push things forward. The Kansas City Ballet in its current form has rarely flinched from risky artistic choices, works that might have left us scratching our heads at times. At the season finale that opened May 3rd at the Kauffman Center, the company presented the world premiere of a 25-minute ballet of such startling ingenuity and mind-blowing visuals that it exceeds the boundaries even of what this innovative company has achieved through its 56-year history.

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KC Stage Review: Leave The Tutus At Home; KC Ballet Ends Season In A Decidedly Modernist Trip

The Kansas City Ballet is wrapping up another season at the Kauffman, and in grand style. These last couple of years at the new venue have been ones of experiment, and the season closers have been time for the troupe to step out of the ordinary, to present new and interesting ideas. For the programs on display Friday night, they have gone with three fascinating and nicely executed pieces.

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LJWorld: Music, dance and art fill museum for arts and culture festival

LJWorld: Music, dance and art fill museum for arts and culture festival | OffStage | Scoop.it

The weather may have been dreary, but the inside of Spencer Museum of Art was lively with music, dance and art during the annual Spring Arts and Culture Festival on Saturday.

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KCUR: Unexpected Combinations In Karole Armitage's 'Energy Made Visible'

KCUR: Unexpected Combinations In Karole Armitage's 'Energy Made Visible' | OffStage | Scoop.it
Choreographer Karole Armitage, a native of Lawrence, Kan. says artist Jackson Pollock can be viewed as "a metaphor for the creative process"; his lines of
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Margo Sappington On 'Common People' & William Shatner

Margo Sappington tells the story of how she came up with the idea to create her piece, 'Common People,' which is set to the spicy vocals of William Shatner &...
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