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.
Daniuschka Rengifo, who fled Venezuela for the United States in 2014, this month graduated with honors from Blue Valley North High School. She gave a powerful speech at her graduation that highlighted the family's struggle in their country, including the kidnapping of her mother. She discusses the feelings behind the speech at her grandparents’ house in Overland Park.
When cancer patient Alexander Goodwin came to Kansas City from England five months ago he faced an uncertain future. After surgery, chemotherapy and radiation for his Ewing sarcoma the 10-year-old looks forward to growing stronger and working with birds of prey.
Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid entertained the idea of being a sportswriter when he was in college at Brigham Young, even writing a column for the Provo Daily Herald. Football became his life, but he still loves to write and values the meaning of words — which helps explain why he is so cautious with the media despite his previous interest in being part of it.
With Memorial Day weekend coming up, Judith Fertig and Karen Adler, cookbook authors of "Red, White and 'Que" (Running Press), demonstrated five tips for a successful grilling at Smoke 'n' Fire in Overland Park.