June 24, 2021 - August 22, 2021

Second Company @ Home: Episode 3

Second Company @ Home: Broadcast Series showcases many of the works learned and performed by the Second Company during the 2020-2021 season. These three, 20-minute episodes each include an introduction from Kansas City Ballet Artistic Director Devon Carney, two pieces performed by members of the group, and interviews with company members, as well as other behind-the-scenes footage. Click here for full list of episodes.

Kansas City Ballet Second Company is an emerging professionals’ program which gives extraordinarily talented young dancers a professional company experience as a prelude to their joining a professional company. KCB’s Second Company performs throughout the region through public performances, lecture demonstrations, residencies, and workshops, enabling the community to experience live dance in a public setting.

Watch the full episode of Parrish Maynard’s Vectors and Christopher Ruud’s Star Silk on this page (scroll down) from Thursday, June 24 through August 22. It will also be available to stream by Facebook and Vimeo.

About KC Ballet’s Second Company: Episode 3



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Meet the Choreographers

Parrish Maynard was invited to join American Ballet Theater by then Artistic Director Mikhail Baryshnikov, and danced as a principal dancer at The Joffrey Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. In addition to being a recipient of the Princess Grace Award and the Presidential Scholar Award, he was a silver medalist in the International Ballet Competition. Mr. Maynard has performed in Dance in America, American Ballet Theatre’s ‘Now’, danced Nacho Duato’s Romanso, San Francisco Ballet Lar Lubovich’s Othello in the role of Iago which was created on him. In 2005 Mr. Maynard joined the faculty of San Francisco Ballet School. In his 10 years at San Francisco Ballet, Mr. Maynard choreographed more than 20 ballets for the San Francisco Ballet School, some of which have been danced around the world including Royal Ballet School, Royal New Zealand Ballet and National Ballet of Canada. Most recently, Mr. Maynard serves as Ballet Master for Kansas City Ballet

Christopher Ruud has been a part of the performing arts since birth. Growing up back stage at San Francisco Ballet he was immersed in the art of professional dance, performance and stagecraft. Receiving the majority of his dance training at San Francisco Ballet School he began his performing career on the War Memorial Opera House stage at the age of 9. Mr. Ruud was hired into Ballet West in 1998. Quickly moving through the ranks he was named Principal Dancer in 2004. He spent 21 years as a leading artist for Ballet West performing a huge range of classical and contemporary repertoire. Mr. Ruud is grateful to have seen sold out houses in Utah, all over the United States, and internationally most notably in China, Cuba, New York and at the Kennedy Center. Mr. Ruud has directed his own small company, RUUDDANCES, which was a regular attraction in the Annual Utah Arts Festival, and toured to Jacobs Pillow. Having retired from being a professional dancer in 2019, he is thrilled to have joined the artistic team at Kansas City Ballet that same year. Since taking the position of KCB Second Company Manager and Ballet Master for the company, he has created, and ballet mastered the creation of, many new works while also spending time in the Kansas City community educating children about ballet and performance with the Lecture Demonstration program “Studio to Stage”.

The Second Company, which includes KCB II and Trainees, performs throughout the region through public performances, lecture demonstrations, residencies and workshops, enabling the community to experience live dance in a public setting.

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