News Flashes: Kansas City Ballet and NYIBC

Jordan teaching during KCB's 2013 summer intensive

Kansas City Ballet's James Jordan has accepted the position of ballet master for Sarasota Ballet. Jordan, who served as KCB's ballet master since 1991, will return to KCB to help stage the company's production of the The Nutcracker in December. Jordan is a répétiteur of Antony Tudor ballets, many of which are in the repertoire of the Sarasota Ballet.

NYIBC 2005: Joseph Gatti and Isabella Boylston

After a 30-year run, the New York International Ballet Competition has ceased to exist. Following cancellation of its 2013 event, the NYIBC board of directors has decided to permanently close the organization founded by Ilona Copen and Igor Youskevitch in 1983. The NYIBC was unique in its requirements that participants learn the same three pas de deux upon arrival in NYC, rather than performing ballet variations or choreography of their choice.









Photos from top: courtesy of KCB; by Joseph Schembri, courtesy of NYIBC

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Dance Teacher asked four teachers what they've learned so far.

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Cisneros-Legate, whose mother put her in ballet classes in an attempt to help her overcome her shyness, trained at the San Francisco Ballet School and School of American Ballet before joining San Francisco Ballet as a full company member in 1977. She danced with the company for 23 years, breaking barriers as the first Mexican American to become a principal dancer in the U.S., and has graced the cover of Dance Magazine no fewer than three times.

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