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Event Recap: Celebrate 60

Kansas City Ballet School Academy students
Kansas City Ballet School Academy students

Kansas City Ballet’s Celebrate 60 event was on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and honored the people of Kansas City Ballet’s past and present. Former and current dancers talked about each era of Kansas City Ballet: Michele Hamlet-Weith for founder, Tatiana Dokoudovska; Kimberly Cowen for Todd Bolender; Logan Pachciarz for William Whitener; and Tempe Ostergren for Devon Carney. In addition, Jeffrey J. Bentley thanked Muriel McBrien Kauffman and Julia Irene Kauffman for their steadfast commitment to Kansas City Ballet and the performing arts in our community. The formal presentation ended with a mini-performance by Kansas City Ballet School Academy students. The night continued in Brandmeyer Hall with champagne and desserts to celebrate the dedicated artists, staff, volunteers, patrons, donors, students, parents, and audiences for all that they do to support & create excellent performing arts in Kansas City! Links to videos about the four eras of Kansas City Ballet are at the end of this post.

Photos from the Celebration

Photography: Larry F. Levenson

Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley, KCB Board Chairman Julia Irene Kauffman, Artistic Director Devon Carney, KCB Board President Kathy Stepp, (front row) Michele Hamlet-Weith, Tempe Ostergren, Kimberly Cowen, Barbara Storm, Logan Pachciarz
Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley, KCB Board Chairman Julia Irene Kauffman, Artistic Director Devon Carney, KCB Board President Kathy Stepp, (front row) Michele Hamlet-Weith, Tempe Ostergren, Kimberly Cowen, Barbara Storm, Logan Pachciarz
Dave Lady, Julia Irene Kauffman, Sharon Smith, Barnett and Shirley Helzberg
Dave Lady, Julia Irene Kauffman, Sharon Smith, Barnett and Shirley Helzberg
Vicki Baxter, William Whitener, Christopher Barksdale
Vicki Baxter, William Whitener, Christopher Barksdale
Mark Sappington and David McGee, Aisling Hill-Connor and guest, Lisa Choules and John May, Matthew Donnell
Mark Sappington and David McGee, Aisling Hill-Connor and guest, Lisa Choules and John May, Matthew Donnell
Barbara Spilker and Siobhan Lesley
Barbara Spilker and Siobhan Lesley
Christine Colby-Jacques, Melissa Ford
Christine Colby-Jacques, Melissa Ford
Terry and Peggy Dunn, Dick and SueAnn Fagerberg, Jeffrey J. Bentley, Greg and Celebrate 60 Chairman Barbara Storm, Fred and Sandy Jackson, Melinda Petet, Devon Carney
Terry and Peggy Dunn, Dick and SueAnn Fagerberg, Jeffrey J. Bentley, Greg and Celebrate 60 Chairman Barbara Storm, Fred and Sandy Jackson, Melinda Petet, Devon Carney

Videos: The Four Eras

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