dance http://kcur.org en 'Dracula' Choreographer On The Beauty And Danger Of The Count http://kcur.org/post/dracula-choreographer-beauty-and-danger-count <p>It's been nearly 120 years since the publication of Bram Stoker's gothic novel <em>Dracula</em>. But his tale of the Count, who stalks living creatures and survives on their blood, continues to this day to be interpreted and popularized in theater, television, film, and dance. This season, the Kansas City Ballet is staging choreographer Michael Pink's <em>Dracula</em>, based on Stoker's classic work.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 18:54:06 +0000 Julie Denesha, Steve Walker & Laura Spencer 51609 at http://kcur.org 'Dracula' Choreographer On The Beauty And Danger Of The Count Kansas City Ballet's 'Dracula' Visits The Dark Side http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-ballets-dracula-visits-dark-side <p>Many ballets often depend on the concept of tension, whether in the muscles of the dancers or the story itself. That may be even more evident in the Kansas City Ballet's production of <em>Dracula</em>, opening this Friday.</p><p>In bringing the iconic character to the stage, the company is venturing to its dark side with a production that is the first in the Ballet's history to come with parental discretion advised.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Steve Walker & Julie Denesha 51165 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Ballet's 'Dracula' Visits The Dark Side Kansas City Friends Of Alvin Ailey Seeks National Stage In 30th Year http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-friends-alvin-ailey-seeks-national-stage-30th-year <p>It was 30 years ago this year that <a href="http://www.kcfaa.org/">Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey</a> was created as a second home for the New York-based <a href="http://www.alvinailey.org/">Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater</a>, a modern dance company founded in 1958.</p><p>To mark this milestone, the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation on Friday issued a challenge grant. At $375,000, it’s the largest grant in the history of the Friends of Alvin Ailey.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 21:55:48 +0000 Laura Spencer 49928 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Friends Of Alvin Ailey Seeks National Stage In 30th Year An 'Explosive' Dancer Performs As The Nutcracker http://kcur.org/post/explosive-dancer-performs-nutcracker <p>This year, the <a href="http://www.owencoxdance.org/">Owen/Cox Dance Group</a> is bringing its annual jazzy adaptation of <em>The Nutcracker and the Mouse King</em> to the Polsky Theatre at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan.</p><p>Returning to perform in the production is a powerful dancer with an explosive name: Winston Dynamite Brown. A frequent guest artist with the group, Brown says he relishes his role as the Nutcracker.</p><p><strong>Growing into an explosive name</strong></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:23:28 +0000 Julie Denesha 48568 at http://kcur.org An 'Explosive' Dancer Performs As The Nutcracker Triple Threat: Dance Companies Join For Performance http://kcur.org/post/triple-threat-dance-companies-join-performance <p>It&#39;s the ultimate collaboration for three dancing companies in Kansas City. The Kansas City Ballet will join forces with Owen/CoxDance Group and Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance to present a triumvirate of original work .</p><p>On Friday&#39;s <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk about why this collaboration is so groundbreaking and what it means for dance culture in the city.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 14:48:42 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 44313 at http://kcur.org Triple Threat: Dance Companies Join For Performance Kansas City Ballet And Lyric Opera Open Doors To First Friday Crowds http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-ballet-and-lyric-opera-open-doors-first-friday <p>To celebrate the opening of the 2013-2014 season, <a href="http://www.kcopera.org/">Lyric Opera of Kansas City</a> and <a href="http://www.kcballet.org/">Kansas City Ballet</a> threw open their doors to scores of First Friday crowds.&nbsp;<br> Sat, 07 Sep 2013 16:22:43 +0000 Julie Denesha 43265 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Ballet And Lyric Opera Open Doors To First Friday Crowds Kansas City Ballet Launches Second Company http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-ballet-launches-second-company <p></p><p>The <a href="http://www.kcballet.org/index.html">Kansas City Ballet</a> is joining other dance companies around the country – from Boston Ballet to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – to create a training ground for young dancers: a second company.&nbsp;</p><p>Devon Carney, newly appointed artistic director of the Kansas City Ballet, described the second company, Kansas City Ballet II (KCB II), as a "natural next stage of development," based on the Ballet’s growth in recent years.</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 15:31:02 +0000 Laura Spencer 42396 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Ballet Launches Second Company [VIDEO] Off-Season: Dancers Challenge Audiences And Themselves With New Summer Festival http://kcur.org/post/video-season-dancers-challenge-audiences-and-themselves-new-summer-festival <p>For most dancers, the off-season is a time of rest and recuperation from the rigors of performance. But six months ago, Kansas City Ballet dancers <a href="http://www.kcballet.org/aboutus/company/dancers.html#krutzkamp">Anthony Krutzkamp</a> and <a href="http://www.kcballet.org/aboutus/company/dancers.html#pachciarz">Logan Pachciarz</a> began to plan a more ambitious summer break.</p><p><strong>Art is not always easy</strong></p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Julie Denesha 39141 at http://kcur.org [VIDEO] Off-Season: Dancers Challenge Audiences And Themselves With New Summer Festival [VIDEO] Dance Is The Catalyst For AileyCamp http://kcur.org/post/video-dance-catalyst-aileycamp <p></p><p></p><p>Alvin Ailey was an African American choreographer who founded the <a href="http://www.alvinailey.org/">Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater</a> in New York City. For the past 25 years, <a href="http://www.kcfaa.org/">Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey</a> have held <a href="http://www.kcfaa.org/education-programs/aileycamp/">AileyCamp</a>, a month-long session for junior high-age students, to honor Ailey's work.</p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Julie Denesha 38615 at http://kcur.org [VIDEO] Dance Is The Catalyst For AileyCamp Owen/Cox Completes Season With The Goldberg Variations http://kcur.org/post/owencox-completes-season-goldberg-variations <p><a href="http://www.owencoxdance.org">The Owen/Cox Dance Group</a>, with pianist <a href="http://www.kairykoshoeva.com">Kairy Koshoeva</a>, performs its interpretation of <em><a href="http://www.qub.ac.uk/~tomita/essay/cu4.html">The Goldberg Variations </a></em>and brings its 2012-2013 season to a close.</p> Sat, 08 Jun 2013 13:31:49 +0000 Julie Denesha 37895 at http://kcur.org Owen/Cox Completes Season With The Goldberg Variations [VIDEO] Annual St. Pat’s Senior Ball Held In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/video-annual-st-pat-s-senior-ball-held-kansas-city <p>St. Patrick's Day is a cultural and religious holiday that takes place every March 17 – and it’s been embraced widely in America by descendants of Irish immigrants. Kansas City's celebration began early this year with&nbsp;the annual St. Pat’s Senior Ball. Fri, 15 Mar 2013 17:55:19 +0000 Julie Denesha 33282 at http://kcur.org [VIDEO] Annual St. Pat’s Senior Ball Held In Kansas City Urban Empowerment Flash Mob http://kcur.org/post/urban-empowerment-flash-mob <p>It's not the first dance symbolizing a deeper message, but who knew one day we'd have something called the Urban League Slide?</p><p>On Thursday's <a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/central-standard" target="_blank"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, we talk dancing, empowerment and flash mobs with <strong>Gwendolyn Grant</strong> of the Urban League of Greater KC.</p><p> Thu, 06 Sep 2012 15:10:01 +0000 Tomeka Weatherspoon, Andrea Silenzi & Jabulani Leffall 24054 at http://kcur.org Urban Empowerment Flash Mob Kansas City Ballet's Artistic Director Changes Steps In 2013 http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-ballets-artistic-director-changes-steps-2013 <p>The <a href="http://www.kcballet.org/">Kansas City Ballet</a> announced late Friday that longtime artistic director William Whitener will step down at the end of the <a href="http://www.kcballet.org/performancestickets/newseason.html?psn=2584">2012-2013 season</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Sat, 07 Jul 2012 03:00:00 +0000 Laura Spencer 20618 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Ballet's Artistic Director Changes Steps In 2013 US Air Guitar Regionals Come to KC: Meet The Oxygen Warriors http://kcur.org/post/us-air-guitar-regionals-come-kc-meet-oxygen-warriors <p>Air Guitar. It sounds like something you should only do in private, but it&rsquo;s become an international phenomenon &ndash; a combination of sport, comedy, mime, and performance art, with ample hair tossing, fret scaling, and hip thrusting.</p><p> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 14:36:36 +0000 Andrea Silenzi & Jabulani Leffall 19765 at http://kcur.org US Air Guitar Regionals Come to KC: Meet The Oxygen Warriors De Barker: KC's Queen Of The Line Dance & The Two-Step http://kcur.org/post/de-barker-kcs-queen-line-dance-two-step <p>When it comes to<strong> line dancing</strong>, most people think of country &amp; western dances like the Boot Scootin&rsquo; Boogie.&nbsp;But in African American communities all over the country, &ldquo;soul&rdquo; line dancing is everywhere&mdash;at wedding and retirement receptions, nightclubs and parties. Tue, 17 Apr 2012 17:05:35 +0000 Susan B. Wilson 16105 at http://kcur.org De Barker: KC's Queen Of The Line Dance & The Two-Step Kansas City Ballet Announces Retirement Of Veteran Dancer http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-ballet-announces-retirement-veteran-dancer <p>Described as the "epitome of balletic grace," Kimberly Cowen is the one remaining Kansas City Ballet dancer hired by the late Todd Bolender, former artistic director. But, it's the end of an era.</p> Fri, 17 Feb 2012 17:30:09 +0000 Laura Spencer 12568 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Ballet Announces Retirement Of Veteran Dancer Kansas City Ballet Announces Season in Kauffman Center http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-ballet-announces-season-kauffman-center <p>Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City Ballet is the first of the resident companies to announce its inaugural season at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.</p> Tue, 09 Nov 2010 17:32:00 +0000 Laura Spencer 2002 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Ballet Announces Season in Kauffman Center Ailey Camp Inspires Area High School Students http://kcur.org/post/ailey-camp-inspires-area-high-school-students <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-5354839e42baf-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-5354839e42baf-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="5354839e42baf-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-792184.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, MO – Ailey Camp is one of the legacies of the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey. It's more than a summer camp for kids who want to dance. Alvin Ailey started the camp with the idea that dance could be a vehicle for growth and personal development among the community's youth.</p> Sun, 16 Nov 2008 16:40:00 +0000 Laura Ziegler 1300 at http://kcur.org Ailey Camp Inspires Area High School Students