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Kansas City Ballet II

KCB II, a project of Kansas City Ballet’s School, is 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. 

Those interested in learning more about KCB II and/or booking them for a performance, please contact KCBII@kcballet.org.

KCB II is generously underwritten by Dr. Michael Frost.

 

KCB II Dancers

Rochelle Chang
Rochelle Chang, born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, started ballet at the age of 8 under the main instruction of Lee Olsen. As a recent graduate of Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, she has had the opportunity to study under renown dancers such as Violette Verdy and Michael Vernon. At IU, Ms. Chang has performed lead roles in Balanchine's The Four Temperaments, the Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty, as well as the Snow Queen, Arabian and lead Waltz in Michael Vernon's The Nutcracker. She is very excited to join Kansas City Ballet's second company for its first season.

 

Lark Commanday
Lark Commanday began training at the Peoria Ballet Academy at the age of 9 studying under the guidance of Servy Gallardo. He has spent many summers at intensives including those of Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, the Rock School for Dance Education, the Washington Ballet, and most recently the Houston Ballet, all on generous scholarships. Mr. Commanday has danced lead roles in Nutcracker, Giselle, and Cinderella.  In other productions he has portrayed Paris in Romeo and Juliet and the Prince in Snow White. He appeared as a guest soloist with Classical Dance Academy in Pekin, Illinois this past season. Other achievements have included becoming a semi-finalist in the 2011 YAGP International Competition and having been invited and competed in the YAGP New York City Finals in 2012. Mr. Commanday is honored and proud to be a member of KCBll in its inaugural season.

 

Katya Duncan
Katya Duncan began her ballet training with Moscelyne Larkin at the age of 4 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. At age 10, she moved to Hanover, New Hampshire, where she trained with Linda Copp and Ruth Mayer and has since trained with various teachers across the country. She has attended summer programs with American Ballet Theater, Atlanta Ballet, Joffrey Academy of Dance, Harid Conservatory, and Albany Berkshire Ballet. Ms. Duncan attended high school at St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire, where she trained under Rebecca Wright and Sharon Randolph and after high school went to the University of Chicago where she received a B.A. in mathematics. After graduating she stayed in Chicago and spent this past year as a Joffrey trainee. Ms. Duncan is grateful and excited to be a member of KCB II's first season.

 

Ken Mankin
Ken Mankin, began his training at the Pacific Northwest Ballet at the age of 8, through an outreach program called Dance Chance. He had the opportunity to perform roles alongside the main company in Kent Stowell's The Nutcracker, Balanchine's Coppélia, and Ronald Hynd's The Sleeping Beauty. Additionally Mr. Mankin performed corps de ballet roles in Balanchine's Western Symphony, Stars and Stripes, as well as roles in Bruce Wells' family series, Pinocchio, Hansel and Gretel, and Snow White. Mr. Mankin spent summers training with PNB, San Francisco Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Ballet Austin on full scholarships. At the age of 17 he was invited to join Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's Trainee program, where he trained briefly before returning to PNB. Most recently Mr. Mankin was a trainee/apprentice with Ballet Austin for its 2012-2013 season. While with Ballet Austin he was featured in Not Afraid of the Dark, Carnival of the Animals, Rituals,Ballet Austin's 50th AnniversaryThe Nutcracker, Giselle, Raymonda, and I Will Always Remember This as Our Last Lost Chance, an original work by Jennifer Hart.

 

Morgan Sicklick
Morgan Sicklick, originally from Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, received the majority of her training at the Irine Fokine School of Ballet under the direction of Irine Fokine, Eugene Petrov and Jeanette Hoffman. As a student, she performed principal roles in The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Paquita. Ms. Sicklick has attended summer and winter programs at Kaatsbaan Extreme Ballet, Ellison Ballet, the Paul Taylor Dance Company, American Ballet Theater, and the American Dance Festival. She has also toured internationally to train and perform at the Polish National Ballet School in Warsaw, Poland, the Rimsky-Korsakov Music Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Neva’s Rainbow International Dance Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 2013, Morgan graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in dance performance and minor in marketing from Butler University, where she studied with Michelle Jarvis, Cynthia Pratt, Derek Reid, Susan McGuire, Tong Wang, Stephan Laurent, Marek Cholewa, Rosanna Ruffo, Laura Byram and Michael Johnson. While at Butler, Ms. Sicklick had the privilege of dancing principal roles in Tong Wang’s Hong, The Nutcracker and Coppélia, Myrtha in Giselle, The Mistress in Paul Taylor’s Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rehearsal), and Nacho Duato’s Por Vos Muero. She is very excited to be joining KCB II for its inaugural season! 

 

Meagan Swisher
Meagan Swisher, originally from Denver, Colorado, studied ballet primarily under Elizabeth Shipiatsky at the Academy of Colorado Ballet. She spent summers training with Boston Ballet, the Kirov Academy of Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and Ballet Nouveau Colorado. Ms. Swisher has enjoyed dancing principal roles including Giselle, Nikiya from La Bayadere, and the principal role in Paquita. She placed as a finalist in the Youth American Grand Prix Regional Competition four years in a row and in 2008 won the Denver Ballet Guild Young Dancers Compeition. In 2011, Ms. Swisher was invited to join the Colorado Ballet Studio Company and danced with them for two seasons. During her time with the Colorado Ballet, she performed numerous roles in Sleeping Beauty, Theme and Variations, The Nutcracker, Michael Pink's Peter Pan, and Swan Lake. Ms. Swisher is excited to begin her first season with Kansas City Ballet.