University of Missouri at Kansas City Conservatory of Dance and Music

The Dance Division's

Fall Concert 2017 - At White Hall

"Dance Division"

November 2, 3, 4 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday evenings) 2017
7:30 each evening
Free concert at 2:30 Saturday afternoon

Pictures from studio rehearsals and on-stage photos

Featuring the choreography of
Paula Weber with "Variations with Episodes"
Ronald Tice, DeeAnna Hiett and Gary Abbott with "Josephine Baker"
David Justin with "When We Met"
Sabrina Madison-Cannon with "nnn"
Gary Abbott with "Tantrism"

Performances: Friday, Saturday November 4th and 5th, 2017 - Curtain 7:30 pm,
Evening Ticket Prices: $8, $6 seniors, and UMKC faculty, staff, and all students FREE with UMKC or valid student ID
Free Informal presentation matinee at 2:30 pm on Saturday the 5th

Tickets (from box office amounts, not the otherwise posted amounts which are a tad less):
$31 adult
$26 through KMBZ, KZPT
$12 - student, staff

Once We Met by David Justin
Once We Met by David Justin

Josephine Baker
Josephine Baker by Ronn Tice, DeeAnna Hiett and Gary Abbott

Josephine Baker by Ronn Tice, DeeAnna Hiett and Gary Abbott
Josephine Baker by Ronn Tice, DeeAnna Hiett and Gary Abbott

 

Variations with Episodes
Variations with Episodes by Paula Weber (at right)

Variations With Episodes by Paula Weber
Variations With Episodes by Paula Weber

 

On stage getting ready for The Grass
On stage getting ready for The Grass

Variations With Episodes
Variations With Episodes

The PROGRAM

Once We Met

Choreography by David Justin
Music: With Great Power by Immediate Music;
Damage (excerpt) by Andy Stott;
Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole;
Cinema (excerpt) by Skrillex;
A Boy and A Girl by Eric Whitacre
Lighting design by Shane Rowse
Costumes by David Justin

Dancers:
Alexandria Brant, Maria Hall, Christine Kraus, Erica Lohman, Nia Towe,
Cameron Miller, James Fenoglio, Trey Johnson, Joshua Velazquez
(Thursday and Saturday evenings)

Tess Duncan, Helena Szymborski, Ava Wichser, Allison Harsh,
John O’Donnell, James Fenoglio, Trey Johnson, Montanna Michels,
Cameron Miller, Joshua Velazquez
(Friday evening and Saturday matinee)

Tantrism

Choreography by Gary Abbott
Music by Nico Muhly
Lighting design by Hector Quintero
Costumes by Ricky Davis

“Sweat and antidotes relieve the sick, but the sovereign and the only remedy is Dance.” ~ Francesco Girolami Cancellieri
~An athletic romp. Depicting the sharing of energy through the sheer joy of movement. ~ Gary Abbott :


Dancers
Katherine Johnson, Kennedy Banks, and Trey Johnson
(Thursday and Saturday evening)
Taylor Edwards, Jade Flanders, and Joshua Velazquez
(Friday evening)
Ayana Roberson, Tiana Morton, and James Fenoglio
(Saturday matinee)

Variations With Episodes

Choreography by Paula Weber
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat, KV 482, 2nd movement - Andante
Lighting design by Bryce Foster
Costumes by Paula Weber

Dancers
Alexandria Brant and Cameron Miller
Kristen Finck and Trey Johnson
Madeline Koesters and James Fenoglio
Maria Hall and Joshua Velazquez
Brigitte Benyei and John O’Donnell
Christine Kraus and Colin Frederick
(Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings)

Erica Lohman and Cameron Miller
Jennifer Scholl and Trey Johnson
Laura Karanevich and James Fenoglio
Ava Wichser and Joshua Velazquez
Victoria Hall and John O’Donnell
Montanna Michels and Colin Frederick
(Saturday matinee)

This Grass

Choreography by Sabrina Madison-Cannon
Music by James Newton Howard
Text by Robert Bode
Voice Over performed by Robert Bode and Sabrina Madison-Cannon
Lighting design by Victor Tan
Sound Design by Jason Scheufler
Costumes by Sabrina Madison-Cannon

Dancers
Kennedy Banks, Brigitte Benyei, Alexandria Brant, Taylor Edwards,
Jade Flanders, Maria Hall, Allison Harsh, Katherine Johnson, Phoebe Lind,
Cameron Miller, Tianna Morton, Danielle Palomino, Jennifer Scholl,
Lieana Sherry, Alex Smith, Helena Szymborski, Nia Towe, Josh Velazquez,
Ava Wichser, Hannah Wilczewski

 

Josephine Baker

Production Concept by Ronn Tice
Choreography by Gary Abbott, DeeAnna Hiett, Ronn Tice
Lighting design by Hector Quintero
Original Audio/Video Montage by Shane Tice
Costumes by Abbott, Hiett, and Tice
Audio artists- Josephine Baker, Bennie Goodman, Herbie Hancock,
Billie Holiday, Jellyroll Morton, Maurice Ravel, Scriabin, Artie Shaw,
Fletcher Henderson, FBI transcripts

“I shall Dance all my life. I was born to Dance, just for that. To live is to
Dance. I would like to die breathless, spent at the end of a Dance. “
– Josephine Baker

A Dance homage to the American dancer, chorus girl, singer, actress,
chanteuse, French War Hero, International Superstar Josephine Baker.
This Incredible woman rose from the depths of American existence to
become so many things that her life seems impossible and Mythic when
remembered now in 2017. Her story of Poverty, hard work and overnight
fame and success is the classic rags to riches story.

But her International celebrity and success is shadowed by suspicion and
covert surveillance by the US government and the FBI who struggle to
understand her glamourous public image and her advocacy of Human rights.
From 1930 till her death we have evidence that Josephine Baker stood up
and spoke out for human rights from integrating the musicians union in LA
in 1930 to the 1964 Voting Rights March in Washington DC., Josephine Baker
was there in the forefront of the Human Rights Movement. She would not
perform for segregated audiences in the US or anywhere in the world and
tirelessly advocated tolerance and nonviolence.
—program note by Ronn Tice

Dancers
Josephine Baker : Taylor Edwards, Nia Towe, Tobin James*
Men : Colin Frederick, Trey Johnson
Women : Kennedy Banks, Laura Behm, Courtney Benner, Sadie Brasel,
Tessa Duncan, Beret Elker, Jade Flanders, Azia Gambrell,
Bethany Gradwohl, Allison Harsh, Vicktoria Hay, Sophie Henning,
Morgan Henning, Alexandra Jans, Molly Kasparek, Laura Karanevich,
Tori Knox, Emma Lane, Phoebe Lind, Sydney Meyer, Montanna Micheals,
Emily Moreland, Emily Rackers, Olivia Rogers, Eliza Sauerwien,
Jennifer Scholl, Josephine Schneider, Lieana Sherry, Gwendolyn Stephens,
Liat Roth, Alexandra Smith, Ava Wichser, Hannah Wilczewski

 

UMKC CONSERVATORY DANCE DIVISION

Professors
Paula Weber, professor, chair of the UMKC Dance Division
Sabrina Madison-Cannon, assoc. dean, Academic and Faculty Affairs
Gary Abbott, assistant professor, Senior Dance Recitals faculty advisor
DeeAnna Hiett, associate professor
David Justin, associate professor
Ronn Tice, associate professor

Adjunct Professors
Christina Burton
Tobin James
Jill Marlow Krutzkamp
Christina Neil
Ann Shaughnessy

CONSERVATORY PRODUCTION PERSONNEL

Concert Director : Ronn Tice
Stage Managers : Shannon deGroot, Virginia Smith
Assistant Stage Managers : Bethany Gradwohl, Molly Kasparek
Master Electrician : Hector Quintero
Sound Designers : Robert Beck, Jason Scheufler
Audio Technicians : Hannah Ostrander,Madelyn Bife
Curtain Technicians : Emily Rackers, Tori Knox
Crew : Kennedy Banks, Laura Behm, Sadie Brasel, Jade Flanders, Morgan Henning, Laura Karanevich, Emma Lane, Erica Lohman, Sydney Meyer, Montana Micheals, Emily Moreland, John O’Donnel, Liat Roth, Leanna Sherry, Gwendolyn Stephens, Helena Szymborski

 

 

 


Galleries:


Josh Velazquez and Maria Hall - Halloween Night rehearsal
Josh Velazquez and Maria Hall - Halloween Night rehearsal

 

On Stage Pictures:

Once We Met
Once We Met by David Justin

Variations With Episodes by Paula Weber
Variations With Episodes by Paula Weber

Tarantism by Gary Abbott
Tarantism by Gary Abbott

Josephine Baker (Nia Towe)
Josephine Baker (Nia Towe)


Josephine Baker

Sequence of turns in Variations With Episodes
Sequence of turns in Variations With Episodes

Variation With Episodes
Variations With Episodes by Paula Weber

Variation With Episodes
Variations With Episodes by Paula Weber

Variation With Episodes - catching
Variations With Episodes by Paula Weber (catching above) and after the catch (below)
Variation With Episodes
Variations With Episodes by Paula Weber


Once We Met by David Justin

Grass
The Grass by Sabrina Madison-Cannon

 The Grass by Sabrina Madison-Cannon
The Grass by Sabrina Madison-Cannon

The Grass by Sabrina Madison-Cannon
The Grass by Sabrina Madison-Cannon

 


 

Studio Rehearsal Pictures:

 

Josephine

Adjustments: Bree Dorsey, Nia Towe, Taylor Edwards - in studio for Josephine Baker (Nia and Taylor are two of the Josephines at each stage of her life)
Adjustments: Bree Dorsey, Nia Towe, Taylor Edwards - in studio for Josephine Baker (Nia and Taylor are two of the Josephines at each stage of her life)

Josephine
Josephine Baker by Ronn Tice, DeeAnna Hiett and Gary Abbott

Once We Met
Once We Met by David Justin

Once We Met
Once We Met by David Justin

Variations With Episodes
Variations with Episodes by Paula Weber

Josephine Baker by Ronn Tice, DeeAnna Hiett and Gary Abbott (Taylor Edwards)
Josephine Baker by Ronn Tice, DeeAnna Hiett and Gary Abbott (Taylor Edwards)

 

Once We Met
Once We Met by David Justin - David on the right

Tarantism
Tarantism by Gary Abbott

Tarantism
Tarantism by Gary Abbot

Variations With Episodes
Variations with Episodes by Paula Weber - Josh and Maria
ABOVE: The Catch - - BELOW: into position from the catch
Variations With Episodes

 

Josephine Baker by Ronn Tice, DeeAnna Hiett and Gary Abbott
Josephine Baker by Ronn Tice, DeeAnna Hiett and Gary Abbott

Once We Met by David Justin
Checking video - Once We Met by David Justin

Tarantism by Gary Abbot
Tarantism by Gary Abbot

 

 



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UMKC Dance Division page links on this site

UMKC Dance Division moments between studio classes

Dance Division moments between studio classes

Fall Concerts
 With staff and guest choreography 

November 2017
November 2016
November 2015
November 2013
November 2012
November 2011
November 2010
November 2009
November 2008
November 2007
November 2006
November 2005

Spring Concerts
 Held every April with staff and visiting choreography. A showcase for the year. 

April 2017
April 2016
April 2014
April 2012
April 2011
April 2010
April 2008
April 2007

Other Dance Concerts and Dance Division Events at UMKC
 Held every April with staff and visiting choreography. A showcase for the year. 

Carmina Burana
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

Senior Recitals
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

Related Links
 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?).