World-Renowned Choreographer Has KC Roots, And How Rural Towns Attract Jobs

Sep 8, 2017

The economic future of Sidney is once again uncertain after news that the western Nebraska town's largest employer, Cabela's, which is headquartered there, will be bought by Missouri-based Bass Pro Shops.
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Modern dance just wouldn't be the same without Kansas City-raised David Parsons. Today, we meet the star choreographer behind works commissioned and performed by troupes in New York, Paris and just about any other city with a ballet scene. Then, we explore the economic relationship between small towns and big businesses. Learn how rural communities are able to encourage, attract and, more importantly, keep hold of new jobs.

The Parsons Dance company performs as part of the Harriman-Jewell Series at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 16. For ticketing information, visit