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.
Star Sessions featured Kansas City singer-songwriter Crystal Rose with host Timothy Finn at the Blue Room in the Historic 18th & Vine District on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. Rose draws vocal inspiration from powerhouse singers and songwriting inspiration from soul and blues artists. She has performed all over Kansas City, and released her first single “Come Alive,” available on iTunes, in 2016. This song is titled "Summer Love."
Kansas City Star Chiefs beat writer Terez Paylor hosts Facebook Live with the rest of the A-Team - Blair Kerkhoff, Vahe Gregorian and Sam Mellinger - on Raiders Week. The Chiefs are regrouping after their first loss of the season and head to Oakland for a Thursday night divisional matchup.