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2020-21 KCB II Profile: Autumn Steed

Autumn Steed is from Downers Grove, Illinois. This is her first season as a member of KCB II, part of Kansas City Ballet’s Second Company.

Q: TELL US WHY YOU BECAME A DANCER?

A: When I was 2 ½ years old, my mom took me to see The Nutcracker. When it was over, she asked me what I thought of it and I said, “I want to do that.” My passion for dancing has led me throughout my entire life!

Q: WITH SO MANY UNKNOWNS, WHAT POSITIVES DO YOU CHOOSE TO FOCUS ON THIS SEASON?

A: I think it is very important to be fully appreciative of each moment, especially during this unpredictable time. I am very grateful that Kansas City Ballet has advocated for us as dancers and has found ways for us to continue dancing. The best is yet to come!

Photo by Jennifer Boles

Q: WHAT DID YOU DO DURING THE EXPANDED OFF SEASON?

A: I was able to spend a lot of time with my family and we even adopted a second dog! I mostly gardened, built and refurbished furniture/artwork for my apartment in KC, kayaked, and hiked with my family and our dogs often.

Q: WHAT IS SOMETHING MOST PEOPLE WOULDN’T KNOW ABOUT YOU?

A: I am a former Junior Olympic rhythmic gymnast, was a member of the USA Youth Elite Squad, and trained at the USA Olympic Training Centers.

I have always been incredibly passionate about human biomechanics, psychology, and rehabilitation which has led me to pursuing a college degree in Kinesiology and Sport & Performance Psychology! This interest of mine can be directly applied to dance and dancers, which I find fascinating.

Q: WHO INSPIRES YOU?

A: My parents and my brother are the biggest inspirations in my life and career through the selflessness, intelligence, and perseverance that they display. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without them.

 

Photograph by Brett Pruitt & East Market Studios.

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