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A Nutcracker-Themed KCB Dancer Chat
November 17 at 6:30 p.m.
With guest moderator Petra Kralickova, Executive Director of the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures in Kansas City, and KCB dancers Whitney Huell and Lamin Pereira, as well as KCB School Student Madeleine Mullin (who performs as Clara)
Please join us for our Free Facebook Live KCB Dancer Chats; a new community engagement and education series designed to engage the broader public with professional dancers at Kansas City Ballet. Each Dancer Chat provides an opportunity for the public to get to know different company dancers through relaxed, informal conversations sharing their unique perspectives on various topics of the day. Moderated by prominent members of the community and arts lovers these engaging Chats will reveal backgrounds, extraordinary experiences, and strong relationships between professional artists.
Meet the Moderator
Chief Executive Officer at the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures
Petra Kralickova has served as Chief Executive Officer at the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures since 2017. In her role she is responsible for leadership, management, and operations of the museum while ensuring the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives. Reporting to a 12 Member Board of Directors, she manages the museum budget in addition to an endowment fund and a staff of twelve. Petra is a result-oriented and passionate leader with emphasis on collaboration and positive change at the intersection of culture, well-being, and community. She previously worked as the Director of National Development at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library where she traveled extensively to raise funds and awareness of the NCSML’s mission. Before that she was a Curator at Kennedy Museum of Art, and Director of Exhibitions at the School of Art + Design at Ohio University. She currently serves as a Museum Assessment Program Peer Reviewer for the American Alliance of Museums, and a Grant Reviewer for the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Petra is also pursuing a MBA degree from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.
Meet the KCB Company Dancers
Joined KCB in 2014
Company Member Whitney Huell trained at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities under the tutelage of Stanislav Issaev and Robert Barnett. She then attended Indiana University earning a B.S. in Ballet and Psychology before joining Ballet West. With Ballet West, Ms. Huell performed featured roles in Paquita, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Petite Mort, and Jewels. In January 2011 she was one of Dance Magazine’s Top 25 to Watch and was also featured in the September 2012 issue of Pointe Magazine. With Kansas City Ballet, Ms. Huell has performed works by Amy Seiwert, Adam Hougland, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Monique Meunier, Stanton Welch, Edwaard Liang, Val Caniparoli, Helen Pickett and Jerome Robbins and has been featured as The Lead Woman in James Kudelka’s The Man in Black, Caterpillar in Alice (in wonderland), 3rd Theme in The Four Temperaments and Jeté Woman in Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated. In 2018 she was featured as the Sugar Plum Fairy in Devon Carney’s production of The Nutcracker becoming the first African American in KCB history to perform the role.
Joined KCB in 2014
Lamin Pereira was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and started dancing at Centro de Danca Rio. In 2007, Mr. Pereira was hired by The Ballet of Municipal Theatre of Rio de Janeiro to perform in Achcar’s production of The Nutcracker as a soloist. He was awarded a scholarship to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre. In 2011, he joined The Washington Ballet where he performed Prince Desire in Sleeping Beauty. From 2011-2014, Mr. Pereira joined the Orlando Ballet where he performed leading roles. With Kansas City Ballet, he has performed featured roles in Giselle, Alice (in
wonderland), The Four Temperaments, Swan Lake, Wunderland, Theme and Variations and Diamonds along with works by Jirí Kylián, William Forsythe, Twyla Tharp and Val Caniparoli. In 2019 he was chosen to represent KCB at the Benois De La Danse in Moscow, Russia, and performed as Tin Man in Septime Webre’s The Wizard of Oz.