Amaya Rodriguez and Humberto Rivera Blanco are native Cuban ballet dancers who emigrated to the United States last year to pursue greater opportunities in dance for themselves with the Kansas City Ballet and better lives for their families.
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Cuban ballet dancers find refuge in Kansas City
Dallas Symphony members perform carpool karaoke with violins
Former Alvin Ailey dancer visits Paseo Academy
Christmas in October? Kansas City Ballet prepares for 'Nutcracker'
2016 Symphony in the Flint Hills
A peek at Lyric Opera's 'Carmen'
New members of the Kansas City Symphony perform 'The Star-Spangled Banner'
Kansas City Ballet's 'The Nutcracker'
Kansas City Ballet rehearses new version of 'Nutcracker'
Superheroes swarm Target for holiday shopping spree
Paul Adams talks about offensive line coach Glen Elarbee's departure
Quarterback Drew Lock on how Heupel's departure impacts his decision to stay at Mizzou
For many of the students at the Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts, getting lessons from a professional dancer, especially one who just a few months ago was dancing with the famed African-American Alvin Ailey company, can be life changing, said a spokeswoman with the Friends of Alvin Ailey.
The calendar may say it's fall, but the Kansas City Ballet has been rehearsing "The Nutcracker" since September. Here's what it takes to put on the beloved annual show. (Video by Shane Keyser and David Frese).
Five thousand ticket holders from as far away as California and New York converged on a remote prairie pasture in Chase County, Kan., on Saturday, June 11, 2016, for the Kansas City Symphony's 2016 Symphony in the Flint Hills.
New sets, costumes and choreography are featured in the Kansas City Ballet's production of "The Nutcracker," at the Muriel Kauffman Theatre in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The ballet runs from December 5th thru the 24th. Video by John Sleezer/The Kansas City Star
Rehearsals are already underway at the Todd Bollender Center for Dance & Creativity for the Kansas City Ballet's all new production of The Nutcracker. This season's production, featuring all new costumes and sets, has been choreographed by Devon Carney, the artist director of the Kansas City Ballet. The new $2 million production will open December 5, 2015 at the Muriel Kauffman Theatre at the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts.
Superheroes from around the metro area greeted one another Sunday night as they gathered at the Target store in Mission to shop for Christmas gifts for patients at Children's Mercy Hospital. Using about $17,000 in donations collected by Elite Comics in Overland Park, the superheroes, including Captain America, Thor, Snow White and Prince Charming packed cart after cart with toys and goodies for Christmas. William Binderup, owner of Elite Comics, says he gets weepy around the young patients, so he will let the superheroes deliver the goods. Donations are still being accepted at Elite Comics, 11842 S. Quivira Rd. in Overland Park through Dec. 22.
The Kansas City Chiefs won 26-15 over the Oakland Raiders, and after the final quarter players met at mid-field to greet each other, exchange jerseys, and mess around with Raiders fans at Arrowhead Stadium.