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PUTTING DOWN ROOTS: CRYSTAL O’DEA

One experience can change a child’s life. For Crystal O’Dea at age 10, a trip to see “CATS” on Broadway with her grandparents awakened a love of dance that continues to this day. After seeing the show, she begged her parents to take a jazz dance class. That led her to Yvo…

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2021-22 Dancer Profile: Paul Zusi

Dancer Paul Zusi joined Kansas City Ballet for the 2021-2022 Season, but he didn’t move here alone. For the Zusi brothers, ballet is a family affair. Q: TELL US A BIT ABOUT WHEN YOU BECAME INTERESTED IN BALLET? A: I first started dancing at age 6, when my mom put me and my …

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Carol Blum Believes in Kansas City Ballet

Carol Blum took tap and ballet classes in elementary school. From then she was drawn to any and all dance performances she saw in movies or on TV. She vividly remembers watching Rudolf Nuryev and Margot Fonteyn performing excerpts from Swan Lake on “The Ed Sullivan Show”. It …

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