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.
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.
A person was shot and killed by an Overland Park police officer Saturday evening when police responded to a call about someone reportedly attempting to harm themselves. The incident happened near England Street and 149th Terrace.
Kansas City police are investigating a double shooting that left one man dead and a woman hospitalized. The Sunday morning shooting in the 2700 block of Denver Avenue left a car riddled with holes. Police are asking anyone with information to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.
Three stories, 5034 square feet, 6 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, this mansion, built in 1915 in Sunset Hill neighborhood near Loose Park in Kansas City, Missouri, is picked by Kansas City Symphony Alliance as the Designers' Showhouse this year. Check out how it looks like before it being renovated by 30 local designers between January and April.
Second grade students at Boone Elementary School in the Center School District take a field trip through the Grand Canyon and view a fiery lava flow through the use of virtual reality glasses. They were using Google Expeditions.
On the anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration, Americans awoke to the first day of a government shutdown and Congress staged a weekend session to show voters it was trying to resolve the stalemate. Republicans and Democrats showed no signs of ending their standoff over immigration and spending on Saturday. Critical government functions will continue, with uniformed service members, health inspectors and law enforcement officers set to work without pay. But if no deal is reached before Monday, hundreds of thousands of federal employees will be furloughed.
Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan says the partial government shutdown is "inflicting needless uncertainty on our country" and he is blaming it on Senate Democrats. He said that the Democrats are holding the government hostage to win protections for younger immigrants brought to the country illegally as children. Democrats, on the other hand, are blaming the shutdown on Republicans, who control Congress and the White House.