How about a few beautiful pictures of Kansas City Dance Festival, which will be premiering for the 4th consecutive year in summer, 2016. I do have to brag a bit, only because my handsome husband and awesome friend are the Artistic Directors. At a young age these “boys” are learning the ropes, taking risks, hiring exceptional choreography, and allowing dancers to be free to move – groove – grow – feed off other artists – and excel at all levels.
Dancers always want a few simple things. A positive atmosphere, challenging and popular choreography, and inspiration from other artists. A huge part of what KCDF is about is to create the most effective environment possible. Nothing is better than that! Like Violette Verdy always said, “Dance is hard enough as it is.”
This year as general manager, I keep checking off the hefty “to do list”, especially before baby Krutzkamp is born. It’s just us three but thankfully we have an amazing board of directors, production staff, and supportive friends and family.
Check us out if you haven’t already and enjoy these photographs, all by our amazing head photographer, Philip Koenig.
There are always the wonderful stories of dance students making it professionally. They dedicate their lives to pursuing their dream, their art and their passion. These stories alone captivate little girls hearts, admiring adults, and impresses wise elders. Particularly these stories can be even more empowering due to the fact that it can take dancers 4 or 5 years post high school just to get into the corps de ballet. It’s an added struggle that dancers older than 28 or 30 didn’t have to deal with quite like they do today.
Stories motivate, inspire and keep us going. Hearing everyone’s particular story is unique and empowering in itself, however sometimes there a few that reach just that little bit more.
Here is one in particular that I thought you may like to watch. She is a strong young lady! Enjoy the weekend coming and hope you come back for more!
So for today, I decided to take a stroll down my homepage to my blog roll which lists many of my favorite food blogs.
So I thought I would share some of their recipes and websites for wonderful references to great, scrumptious, and yummy eats! Of course I can’t forget to mention the many beauteous photos as well. I take no credit for these photos, and instead send kudos to these blog founders, authors and artists. Thank you for making me want to eat all and everything (especially being prego)!
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Well it’s not completely like me to post on a Saturday, but my work week at the new job has been taking just a tad of my time (big wink wink). I’m super excited about my new adventure, learning as I go, and of course by trial and error. Going from spending my time in a ballet studio 40 hours a week for the last 20 years of my life, to spending 40 hours a week outside of one has made for quite the transition…but I couldn’t ask for it any other way.
Our clinic at Performance Rehab, housing the very first Kansas City Performing Arts Medicine Program, is a dream come true. We have been open for just 10 days and it feels incredible when every 45 minutes another client walks in the door – smiles and finds comfort in a place of healing. Everyday another word gets out around town, and hopefully with each day that passes we will double and triple that flow. Our performing arts medicine program is continuing to grow as an alliance of doctors, orthopedics, nutritionists, physical therapists, Pilates instructors, yoga instructors, mental health experts, chiropractors, massage therapists and ballet teachers that all share the mission of keeping performing artists healthy (prevention), doing all they can to heal (recovery), and increasing the longevity and quality of their careers. It’s incredible to think what this alliance can do for all artists and so I constantly remind myself to remain patient.
Takin by my awesome friend and photographer for fun: Geoffrey Kropp
Besides that – on the more personal side of life – I’m busy carrying my baby girl. Every Saturday I get to celebrate another week farther along! Today marks 20 weeks. Half way thru – holy cow! It’s an amazing feeling carrying and nurturing for a little one inside you. On Thursday, I got to hear her heartbeat and I was surprised at how fast her little heart sounded. Every time I get to hear her, or see her, I get a crazy urge of euphoria, followed by both happy tears and a biiiiiiiggggggggg smile. I can feel life changing, my focus changing, my heart growing in size, and an overwhelming feeling of purpose. I’m trying my best to organize, eat well, rest up, exercise and right – back to the top – grow a baby and a business. Good stress is gratifying and I’ll take it any day!