January 21-21, 2021

KCB Dancer Chat – Spanish Edition

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.

Únase a nosotros para nuestros chats gratuitos de bailarines de KCB en Facebook Live; una nueva serie de educación y participación comunitaria diseñada para involucrar al público en general con bailarines profesionales del Kansas City Ballet. Cada Dancer Chat brinda una oportunidad para que el público conozca a diferentes bailarines de la compañía a través de conversaciones informales y relajadas que comparten sus perspectivas únicas sobre varios temas del día. Moderados por miembros destacados de la comunidad y amantes de las artes, estos chats atractivos revelarán antecedentes, experiencias extraordinarias y sólidas relaciones entre artistas profesionales.

LIVE Dancer Chat in Spanish with Moderator Consuelo Cruz and Kansas City Ballet dancers Humberto Rivera Blanco and Javier Morales.

In partnership with Telemundo

Meet the Moderator

Consuelo Cruz

Consuelo Cruz is the Marketing and Community Engagement Manager for Belger Cartage Service, Inc. and Belger Arts.

She has over fifteen years of experience forming and cultivating partnerships with diverse stakeholders in non-profit, corporate and government sectors. She believes deeply in the value of the arts and education in bridging cultures and connecting communities. She has served as Director of Latino Cultural Arts Division and Director of Development for Mattie Rhodes Center, as an interpreter, an adjunct Spanish instructor, and most recently as the Arts Marketing Coordinator for the Office of Culture and Creative Services, City of Kansas City, Missouri. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Marketing and a Bachelor of Arts, Spanish from Rockhurst University and a Master of Arts, Romance Languages and Literature from University of Missouri-Kansas City, Missouri. She has studied abroad at University of Granada, Spain and Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico and has served on the Boards of Directors of numerous non-profits in Kansas City.

Meet the Dancers

Javier Morales

Joined KCB in 2017

Javier Morales graduated as a dancer and teacher from the National School of Ballet in Havana, Cuba in 2003, working under the tutelage of various masters such as Adria Velázquez, Fernando Alonso, Lázaro Carreño and Ramona de Saa. From 2003 to 2014, he danced at the National Ballet of Cuba under the artistic direction of Alicia Alonso. He participated in Ballet Festival of Havana several times. During his professional time with the company, he had featured roles in world-renowned classical masterpieces such as GiselleSwan LakeCoppeliaSleeping BeautyDon Quixote, and Romeo and Juliet. Mr. Morales also excelled in numerous contemporary works by choreographers Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Alberto Mendez, Peter Quans, Jorge Amarante. He has danced in the best theaters around the world in Europe, Asia, South America, and North America. Mr. Morales reached the rank of First Soloist. He danced the Corsaire pas de deux, among other works with the Classic Ballet of Sinaloa, Mexico. He participated as principal in pas de deux Snow White, Nutcracker, Cinderella, Dracula, Don Quixote, Spring Waters and other ballets, led by direction teacher of Nelson Madrigal with Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theater (BAHBT).

Humberto Rivera Blanco

Joined KCB in 2016

Humberto Rivera Blanco, originally from Havana, Cuba, began his training at the age of 8 at the National School of Ballet of Cuba. In 2014, he joined the National Ballet of Cuba under the artistic direction of Alicia Alonso. There, Mr. Blanco danced in many ballets such as Giselle, Paquita, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty and Majismo. Upon moving to Miami, Florida in 2015, he studied at The Art of Classical Ballet under the direction of Magaly Suarez and performed roles in Le Corsaire and The Nutcracker.