Community Engagement and Education

Artist Conversations

We invite you to observe, participate and engage with us.

Kansas City Ballet is committed to sharing its joy of dance with everyone, and our artist conversations are an important component of our mission.

Stories of Resiliency: Black Dancers in the American Ballet World in KC

Four professional black dancers living and working in Kansas City share their journeys on navigating dance careers in the American Ballet World.

Moderated by Allan S. Gray II, a respected Kansas City business professional, and community leader, each panelist will impart their unique dance experiences, perspectives on diversity, inclusion, and equity in ballet and respond to questions from the community sent in advance of the panel, as well as during the panel.

Panelists Include:  April Berry, Karen Brown, Josh Bodden, Whitney Huell

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KCB Dancer Chats

Please join us for our Free Facebook Live 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. Watch past Dancer Chats below.

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Watch Past KCB Dancer Chats

10-21-20
Moderator Nicole Jacobs Silvey chats with KC Ballet Dancers Naomi Tanioka and Whitney Huell

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11-4-20
Moderator Paul Horsley chats with KC Ballet Dancers Joshua Bodden and Liang Fu

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11-18-20
Moderator Rashida Phillips with KC Ballet Dancers Amaya Rodriguez and Javier Morales

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1-20-21
Moderator Consuelo Cruz chats with KC Ballet Dancers Emily Mistretta and Humberto Rivera Blanco

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1-21-21 (En Español)
Moderator Consuelo Cruz chats with KC Ballet Dancers Javier Morales and Humberto Rivera Blanco

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3-17-21
Moderator Aviva Ajmera chats with KC Ballet Dancers Danielle Bausinger, Amanda DeVenuta and Courtney Nitting

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Dance Speaks

An adult education series held in the Bolender Center’s Michael and Ginger Frost Studio Theater and various community venues. Interesting panel discussions introduce the community-at-large to upcoming ballets, guest choreographers, stagers, and dancers. Includes audience Q & A with artists and an invitation to Kansas City Ballet’s company rehearsals prior to specific Dance Speaks! Watch past Dance Speaks below.

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Watch Dance Speaks: New Dance Partners from September 2021

Watch Spring Dance Speaks: New Voices, New Moves from May 2021

Watch Dance Speaks: New Voices, New Moves from March 2021