Kansas City Ballet II Takes Dance To The Community

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Published on Dec 19, 2013

It's late afternoon in the grand hall of Union Station and a large crowd has gathered at the foot of a temporary stage. Two dancers from KCB II, Kansas City Ballet's second company are dressed in red and gold hued Spanish costume. They spin onstage in a pas de deux from The Nutcracker.
In its inaugural season, KCBII has been showing up in some unusual places...both indoors and out - from Union Station to the Plaza Lighting ceremony.
Morgan Sicklick is from New Jersey. She's one of the five dancers in the new second company.

"We act as the second company, up and coming professionals to the main company," says Sicklick. "So we're there to follow in their footsteps, learn alongside of them, watch and observe to, you know, pick up the movement and mature as artists. So that's kind of our role in the company. Also to kind of do some of the community outreach that the main company can't do. So we are getting the word out to the community about Kansas City Ballet."

Rochelle Chang was born and raised in Hawaii. Chang says she often finds herself thinking about the potential future dancers in the audience.

"Thinking that a young child looks up to us as dancers is a very special opportunity for us, " Chang says. "It's a cool idea to think that we, as ambassadors of Kansas City Ballet, can help spark a child's interest in the arts."

'Like a dream come true'
And Chang says that even after being here for several months, she is still pinching herself.

"I'm just still slowly realizing that I'm actually living in Kansas City and it's not just a word; it's just not. It's like a dream come true."

And at Union Station where the dancers on stage make their final bows, it does seem something like a dream.