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.
The owners of Delaney & Loew Kitchenalia in Lawrence have released surveillance video showing a man stealing money from their cash register last Sunday. If anyone has information, they are encouraging them to contact the Lawrence Police Department.
Jason Hurst, of Kansas City, made a mailbox shaped like an AT-AT Imperial walker from the “Star Wars” movies. He said he built the metal mailbox several years ago after a drunk driver damaged his previous traditional mailbox. He plans to see the new movie, “The Last Jedi,” which opens in theaters this week.
Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, the USPS expects to deliver a lot of cheer, in the form of roughly 16 billion cards, letters and packages, to more than 155 million U.S. addresses with the help of more than 600,000 employees, 35,000 seasonal employees and 208,000 vehicles. USPS Boise Plant Manager Jim Brenneman takes us inside the Boise Mail Processing Center.
A fire at the Overland Towers Apartments, 8580 Farley in Overland Park, left a woman dead and sent two others to area hospitals with smoke inhalation. Claudette Brown describes the scene that scared residents, some who have health and mobility issues.
KC Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith answered questions Tuesday about cornerback Marcus Peters’ return from a one-game suspension. Peters is back in the lineup for this weekend's home game against the Los Angeles Chargers.