National Dance Week Comes to Kansas City National Dance Week Comes to Kansas City
Kansas City will join other cities across the U.S. in celebration of National Dance Week 2017. National Dance Week Comes to Kansas City

Pictured: Joanna Stucky. Photo by Kevin Dinneen.

Kansas City will join other cities across the U.S. in celebration of National Dance Week 2017.

Organized by VidaDance, the day-long event will feature over 250 dancers of all ages, disciplines, and levels presenting free dance performances in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, modern, contemporary, lyrical, bachata, salsa, swing, classical Indian, Egyptian, bellydance, and more. Emerging pre-professional choreographers participating in VidaDance’s Catalyst program will also have the opportunity to create brand-new pieces under the guidance of professional mentors to premiere at the event.

“I first learned about the National Dance Week Foundation by registering VidaDance to perform at National Dance Week St. Louis in 2016,” says VidaDance Artistic Director Lindsey M. Smith. “After witnessing the fun and excitement of NDW St. Louis, I returned and thought, ‘Why doesn’t Kansas City have something like that?’

As it turned out, Kansas (VidaDance calls Leawood home) didn’t even have a state ambassador with the National Dance Week Foundation, so Smith applied, was accepted and began planning. With over thirty-five companies/studios/organizations/individuals, many coming together to contributed financially to the purchase of a dance floor covering, outdoor sound system, and other necessary components, the five-hour event is now ready to take the stage for the first time in the Kansas City area.

“The point of the event is fourfold,” explains Smith. “One, we want to give back to our community by offering a free, family-friendly showcase of local dance organizations. Two, we want to show off all that the Kansas City dance community has to offer, by giving everyone an equal opportunity to register and perform at this event. Three, we want to bring the KC dance community together through a joint event that encourages and celebrates unity and diversity, and four, we want to create opportunities to help launch young, aspiring choreographers’ careers through our Catalyst program. This first annual event is an exciting opportunity to watch some of KC’s best perform all at one time.”

National Dance Week Kansas City Includes: 

Host: Mary Crouch Young

  • Kacico Dance
  • Valley View Dance Studio
  • Blue Nile Dancers
  • Suzanne Ryan-Strati
  • Crescendo Conservatory
  • Illuminate Dance Collective
  • Make Your Move Performing Arts
  • Lucia Aerial
  • Kansas City Young Audiences
  • The Pulse Performing Arts Center
  • Point B Dance
  • Kansas City Nepalese Society
  • Dramatic Truth Ballet Theatre
  • Liberation Dance Company
  • Chilanka School of Dance
  • VidaDance
  • Studio J Performing Arts Center
  • Legacy School of the Arts
  • Duende Bellydance
  • The Studio School of Dance
  • Mary Crouch Young
  • Leigh’s School of Dance
  • Nritya School of Indian Dance and Music
  • Lily Zhang Li Taylor Dance Academy
  • Open Sky Arts Collective
  • Storling Dance Theater’s Artist Development Program
  • Katarina Fitzpatrick

Catalyst Choreographers:

  • Maya Tillman-Rayton
  • Jami Robben
  • Becky and Armando Marin
  • Samantha Bennett
  • Rebecca Rooney

National Dance Week KC will take place Saturday, April 8th at Ironwoods Park in Leawood from 11-4.  The event is sponsored by the Leawood Arts Council and Leawood Stage Company. For more information visit vidadancecompany.com.

Abigail Trabue Managing Editor

Abigail is the managing editor of PerformInk. She enjoys coffee, converting school buses into RV's and coffee. Abigail holds a degree in Musical Theater from Columbia College Chicago and in her former life was an actor/director/choreographer. In her present life, she's still those things but in addition, she's raising three kids w/ her partner and PerformInk publisher Jason Epperson. You can find her on Twitter @AbigailTrabue

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