Conservatory Dance Alumni and Students Perform in Kansas City


The UMKC Conservatory is pleased to announce that its dance students and alumni are performing on Kansas City stages in February 2016.

Storling Dance Theatre has invited seven dance students to perform Underground (dancers: James Fenoglio, Ayana Roberson, John Roberts, Dajuan Johnson, Paco Vitug, Breanna Dorsey, Nia Towe). Conservatory adjunct professor Tobin James is the producing director.  Nia Towe is dancing the lead and Breanna Dorsey has been given a second leading role.  

The dancer on the image above is Sarah Herbert (BFA, dance, 2014).  She currently dances with Garth Fagan Dance.

"The Underground Railroad is brought to life with a message of hope and inspiration for us today.  Storling Dance Theater's Underground has been chosen as one of the Top 10 Performances of the Decade for Kansas City.  For tickets starting at only $20 (or best seats in the house for only $60!) you can enjoy this powerful and uplifting production where everyday people overcame evil to unshackle a nation."  

Feb. 12–13, 7:30 p.m., Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. 816-994-7222 for tickets.

Current dance alumni and students perform in Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey's Setting the Stage: Winston Brown, (BFA, dance 2004), Kiera Brown Edwards, Caroline Fogg (BFA, dance, 2015), John Roberts and John Swapshire.

"Taking place during Black History Month, Setting the Stage is a visual journey through the channels of African-American dance culture. This multi-media story is interwoven into the broader tapestry of history, and gives insights into the legacies of African-American pioneers in the art of modern dance in American history. Setting the Stage is performed by talented local and national artists demonstrating the evolution of American dance styles since the Middle Passage.

Setting the Stage was developed and choreographed by Tyrone Aiken, KCFAA's Chief Artistic Officer. The work was inspired by the photo documentary Classic Black, which was originally presented at the Lincoln Center to commemorate African-Americans in classical dance prior to 1970."

That performance is free, February 25, 2016, Gem Theater, 1615 E. 18th St., KCMO.  A $5 donation is suggested. For more information call 816-471-6003.

Congratulations to all our dance students and alumni!

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949