The 2016-2017 season is under way and Kansas City Ballet’s Second Company is ready to make their mark. The second company is made up of KCB II and Trainees.
KCB II has two members in their second year: Goldie Walberg and Nikolas Gaifullin. Of their four new members, Miranda Dafoe and Marisa Whiteman were promoted from Trainees and Gavin Abercrombie and Cameron Thomas were chosen from auditions.
Previous KCB II members Ivan Braatz and Katherine Sawicki were promoted to Company Apprentices for the 2016-2017 Season. Lilliana Hagerman, KCB II dancer in 2014-2015 and Company Apprentice last season, is now a full Company member.
The Trainees have one returning member in Kara Troester. Kathryn Anderson, Scout Inghilterra, Meghan Long and Lukas Pringle were all selected from the Kansas City Ballet School’s Academy and/or 2016 Summer Intensive program. Victoria Brickert, Samantha Huebner, Micaela Maxwell and Allison Rainford were chosen from the national audition tour.
Upcoming public events with KCB II and/or Second Company Performances:
Nov. 18: Jackson County Christmas Lighting Event at the Truman Courthouse at 5:15 p.m.
Nov. 19: Holidays Come Alive at Union Station at 4 p.m.
Nov. 24: 87th Annual KCP&L Plaza Lighting Ceremony (pre-show entertainment)
Second Company Manager Anthony Krutzkamp is pictured in the center of the photo above with the 2016-2017 Second Company. Photography: Brett Pruitt & East Market Studios