( Carl Orff's )
February 20, 2012 - Kaufmann Performing Arts Center, Helzberg Hall
1601 Broadway, Kansas City, Missouri 64108 - (Map)
Tech/Dress photos by Mike Strong
Choreographer - Paula Weber
Conducter - Robert Bode
RUNESTAD: I Will Lift Mine Eyes
MUHLY: Senex Puerum Portabat
ZHOU LONG: Da Si Ming (world premiere)
EARNEST: The First Day
NARVERUD/MAIN: Stone (world premiere)
DAUGHERTY: Bells for Stokowski
ORFF: Carmina Burana
Dancers from the Dance Division of the UMKC Conservatory
Tickets $20 general public; $10 all UMKC faculty, staff and students with UMKC ID
Choreographer Paula Weber demonstrates an aspect of a movement for Shanna Colbern and Mark Gieringer - Gavin Stewart (right). Following which Weber watches as Colbern and Gieringer repeat the movement.
Mark Gieringer and Gavin Stewart
Catching - Desmond Roach and Shanna Colbern
Lift: Haley Day and Mark Gieringer
Mark Gieringer, Shanna Colbern, Gavin Stewart, Nina-Rose Wardanian
Haley Day, Daley Kappenman, Danielle Glynn
Thrown - Chadi El Khoury
Dance Division moments between studio classes
With staff and guest choreography
Other Dance Concerts and Dance Division Events at UMKC
Held every April with staff and visiting choreography. A showcase for the year.
CORPS de Ballet 2011 Conference with the introduction of the Tudor Curriculum
Battleworks Concert - 25 October 2008
UMKC Master Class with Robert Battle - 20-24 Oct 2008
Note: as of spring 2011 Robert Battle took over as Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey from the retiring Judith Jamison.
Master Class with Donald McKayle - August 2006
100th Year Anniversaryof the Conservatory - April 2006
These are held in the winter semester and the graduating seniors begin signups and rehearsals early in the fall semester. This is one of their last graded works. Each senior choreographs and directs a group piece and performs in a solo which may be self-choreography or another's and may also be a duet if there is a large enough mix of solo to duet.
There are a number of recital concerts, depending on the total number of seniors. Generally the mid-week concerts have in-town seniors while those with families out of town are scheduled for Saturdays so relatives can attend.
Senior Recital 2012
Senior Recital 2011
Senior Recital 2008
Senior Recital 2007
Senior Recital 2005
Non-UMKC events which have UMKC dancers, staff or visiting artists.
Don McKayle talk 24 Jan 2008 at Public Library, KCMO about Kansas City Ballet piece he was commisioned to create.
UMKC guys in Romeo and Juliet at Kansas City Ballet Spring 2008 backstage in costumes.
Wylliams/Henry Sept 2006 and "Games ," choreography Donald McKayle.
For some of the least expensive, good dance entertainment in Kansas City the University of Missouri Kansas City's Conservatory of Dance and Music's Dance Division offers some of the best young adult dancers in the area. UMKC's Dance Division is among the top dance schools in the country. Those of us who live in this area often miss that distinction but people elsewhere know (isn't it always so?).