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
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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'
'He has nothing,' attorney says of Lamonte McIntyre starting life as free man
Barry Odom: A.J. Logan handled suspension better than MU coach
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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.
Lamonte McIntyre, 41, is now a free man after being wrongly imprisoned for 23 years for a double homicide in 1994. After his exoneration on Oct. 13, McIntyre was greeted by family, friends and supporters as he walked out of the Wyandotte County Courthouse. On Monday, his Kansas City attorney, Cheryl Pilate addressed the lack of compensation for McIntyre and what's next for an innocent man who is starting his life over.
Kansas City Star staff photographer David Eulitt covers the Kansas City Chiefs for the Star. He describes his editing process in a sequence of photos of the key play of Sunday’s 19-13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers: a Chiefs fourth-down gamble going for a touchdown.
"Just go out and make your argument and tell people why you believe what you believe." - Missouri 2016 U.S. Senate candidate Jason Kander speaks to Melinda Henneberger at the Democratic Party's "Winning Back the Heartland" seminar Oct. 13.