Tomorrow the Kansas Ballet Academy continues its weeklong promotion of its fifth annual summer showcase, they will perform at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Topeka Performing Arts Center.
At 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Mayor Larry Wolgast joins the Kansas Ballet Academy to welcome his guest artists for a meet and greet in his office. Visit Topeka will post a Facebook live video of the event.
“It is a testament to the maturity of the Topeka Arts community that local organizations like Kansas Ballet can bring world-class talent to our city,” Wolgast said in a press release. “Collaborations of this nature strengthen our community and are the quality of life experience we want to provide young people – right here at home.”
The show opens with an excerpt from Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty: Aurora’s Wedding. The guest performers are guest professional dancers Arolyn Williams and Christopher Sellars from Ballet West, Utah, and Kaleena Burks and Ryan Jolicouer-Nye from Kansas City Ballet, as well as student dancers from the Kansas Ballet Academy.
The Summer Showcase is the culmination of three weeks of intensive study by Kansas Ballet Academy students. The dancers train several hours a day, five days a week to prepare for the event, while participating in special workshops and coaching sessions with the guest artists.
“I look forward to my intensive summer camp each year, because as students we learn and perform with professional dancers from all over the world,” said KBA student Sophia Harrison. “These professionals inspire me to work hard because I admire them and aspire to be like them.”
After the performance, a meet and greet will be held at 7 p.m., where dance students and fans of all ages are invited to participate in a free Q&A with the guest artists. No ticket is required.
The guest artist project was funded in part by the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. The KCAIC grant was awarded to support Kansas Ballet’s mission to educate, uplift and inspire through the art of classical ballet.
Prior to Saturday’s show, there will also be a pre-show fundraiser. Starting at 4:30 p.m., VIP ticket holders can enjoy pre-show fare from Aboud’s Catering, Crooked Post Winery, Norsemen Brewing Company and soft drinks from McAlister’s Deli, while kids are welcome to participate in their own tea party. . Proceeds benefit KBA’s Access the Arts initiative, which partners with the Boys and Girls Club, $501 and provides free performances in northeast Kansas.
General Admission tickets are on sale now for $10 at tututix.com/client/kansasballetacademy/ or by calling (855) 222-2849. VIP tickets are $35; a portion of each VIP ticket will be used to benefit Kansas Ballet’s community outreach programs.