Samba Bom is a Midwest-based music and dance ensemble that plays authentic Brazilian music at schools, night clubs, wineries, festivals, and private events.
The group plays a unique mix of Brazilian popular music styles, including: Samba, Bossa Nova, Brazilian Jazz, Olodum, Forro, Chorinho, among others the Batucada is an exciting, all-percussive jam session that brings any audience to its feet to dance along with the group - just like Carnaval festivities in Rio de Janeiro.
We also can provide workshops and residencies in Brazilian percussion, dance and/or Brazilian culture. Additional musicians and Brazilian dancers with authentic costumes can be added to the performances to transform your event with a taste of tropical Brazil.
For live music shows: Preferably a stage and a PA sound system. Upon request, the group can provide the sound system.
For Brazilian percussion workshops: A room that will allow loud drums.
For Brazilian dance workshops: Preferably a room with a dance floor.
City in Motion Dance Theater has been part of Kansas City's cultural fabric since 1985 comprising of a professional company, a school and a producer of dance. Their mission is to foster the development of high-quality contemporary dance programming and expand the dance audience in Kansas City and surrounding areas. City in Motion will bring a balanced combination of high quality technique and artistically driven choreography striving to ensure that dance concerts demonstrate a wide range of themes from comedies to abstract commentaries on social, political, and human reflections. The movement varies from high energy physicality to soft fluid dynamics that suspend, release and travel across the stage in smooth spatial patterns. The tour will consist of new works and repertoire pieces from a group of professionally trained dancers. City in Motion is available for outreach, formal performance settings, charities and can also offer workshops in creative movement, modern, improvisation and ballet for teens and adults.
Grupo Atlántico is an ensemble of folk dancers whose purpose is to share the rich tri-ethnic heritage (African, Indian and Spanish roots) of the Caribbean and coastal regions of Colombia, South America. Select from solo presentations, group performances or educational workshops. All these programs include examples of different music, rhythms and percussive instruments. The symbolism of costumes, dance steps and body movements are explained in cultural and ceremonial contexts, with the use of live music, posters, slides, and videotapes. These joyous, earthy dance traditions of Latin America offer exciting glimpses of authentic Colombian Carnival, Native American customs, African and Spanish artistic influences in the New World.
Will be provided according to kind of program requested.
KC Contemporary Dance has been voraciously creating and presenting fresh, exciting, contemporary dance since 2005. A professional non-profit dance company based in Kansas City, MO, KCCD presents high-quality dance performances in Kansas City and across the Midwest region. The company creates new work through the Artistic Director's innovation and collaboration, and is committed to the continued experimentation of movement. In the 2020 season, KC Contemporary Dance strives to make the performing arts accessible to all through outreach and educational programs. KC Contemporary Dance is led by Artistic Director Leigh Murray and Associate Director Katie Metzger, and features 12-14 dancers from across the country. KCCD is available for workshops/lecture-demonstrations, master classes, informal and/or improvisational performances in non-traditional performance settings, formal theatre concerts, and residencies.
Available on request
Kansas City Ballet offers exceptional quality and a wide variety of repertory from renowned classics to exciting contemporary ballets. The company has a strong tradition of excellence, and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2007-08 with prestigious invitations to perform at New York’s Joyce Theater and Kennedy Center’s Ballet Across America festival. The Village Voice calls Kansas City Ballet, “… a sleek little company with a strong repertory and 26 excellent dancers,” and the New York Post writes “… it's a lively, stylish company, and we would welcome a return visit.” Kansas City Ballet’s home, the Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity, in conjunction with their stage at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, is poised to make Kansas City AND Kansas City Ballet a true destination for dance. Devon Carney became Kansas City Ballet’s artistic director in July 2013. Please contact the company for current touring repertoire. Each booking includes community outreach, education activities, master classes, and lecture/demos that may be tailored for presenter needs.
Available on request
Marimba Sol de Chiapas marimba band has been sharing the magical music of the Mexican Marimba with audiences of all ages in a variety of local, national, and international venues for more than 30 years. Sol is committed to the authentic performance practice and spirit of the marimba heard throughout Mesoamerica, including regional folkloric and popular music from Mexico, Guatemala, and other Latin American traditions. Musical offerings include concert performances and festival appearances, and Sol's mesmerizing "Passport to Fiesta!: A Festival of Traditional Mexican Music and Dance" is a collaborative celebration of the captivating world of Mexican folkloric music and dance. Dedicated to community as well as art, Sol is proud to offer bilingual (Spanish/English) arts education programming, master classes, lecture/workshops, and residencies, and Sol is School Touring Qualified under the auspices of Kansas City Young Audiences (see separate listing).
A minimum (approximately) 15' wide by 8' deep, level hard-surfaced space with appropriate lighting and access for wide instruments. Please contact for set-up, sound support and technical needs.
Missouri Contemporary Ballet is a professional dance company that creates exciting, edgy, hip entertaining performances to communicate to audiences of all ages through live dance programs of the highest quality. They provide educational and outreach performances to schools, retirement homes, and organizations throughout Missouri. MCB is one of a small number of companies in the US that is exploring the relatively new genre of dance, contemporary ballet, which blends classical training in ballet with modern and jazz movement.
Proper lighting, sound equipment, sprung wood floor with Marley surface (other surfaces require approval), lighting pre-hang provided in advance.
For over 43 years, MADCO has provided community inspired, innovative dance experiences through collaborations that open a pathway for self- discovery, social connections, and excellent entertainment for audience members, students, teachers, presenters, and corporate clients. The company is proud to co-partner and share facility space with the St. Louis Academy of Dance. MADCO was described in International Dance Magazine as “an army of terrific dancers with high energy, flat- out physicality and exacting discipline, while never forgetting the entertainment value.” MADCO suggests pairing education & outreach programming with any performance to create a lasting impact on your community. You can find more information at www.madcodance.com.
Accommodations within reason can be made by contacting the company at firstname.lastname@example.org
From collisions of comic absurdity to unexpected revelations of beauty, Owen/Cox Dance Group surprises and delights audiences with its free-spirited mix of the classic and contemporary. Based in the historic jazz-town of Kansas City, the group is comprised of diverse yet close-knit group of dancers and musicians with extensive national and international performing experience. With backgrounds ranging from the Bolshoi Ballet and the Leningrad Chamber Orchestra, to Alvin Ailey and Dave Brubeck, these dancers and musicians form a highly skilled and multi-faceted corps. The collaborative results speak for themselves: fresh and vibrant new works that are classical in form, but contemporary in expression.
Marley floor, stage minimum 34' x 18', lighting optional, sound reinforcement depending on venue, 2 dressing rooms, minimum set-up time 6 hours.
Prasanna & Seema's group specializes in South Asian performing arts. The group performs classical dance styles such as - Bharathanatyam (from South India), Kathak (from North India), Indian folk dances. They sing Carnatic Music, a classical music style from India. They have a fusion music bands with Indo- American styles, with our "Raga Experiment" and "Natya Experiment". They bring artistic beauty of the East to your event. For more information go to https://www.prasannakasthuri.com/ and https://www.seemakasthuri.com/
Wooden Stage, 25'-32', lighting optional, audio system required, set up time a minimum of six hours.
St. Louis Dancing Classrooms (SLDC) is a social and emotional learning program that cultivates essential life skills in students through the practice of ballroom dance. SLDC Teaching Artists model, instruct, and guide students in developing important skills and behaviors including civility, respect, teamwork, and self-discipline whilst teaching the basic steps of six different ballroom dances. SLDC currently offers both in-person and online residency options. Please contact, Angie Brooks for more information.
NEW!! During COVID-19, SLDC is bringing the benefits of our program to students ONLINE! Through a series of pre-recorded and “live” online lessons, students will learn a variety of social dances from around the world. Homeroom Edition residencies support students’ social, emotional, and physical needs.
For grades 3-5, in-school or after-school
Works with 100% remote OR blended learning schedules
Lessons are 30 minutes or less
Flexible program structure
A clean, well-lit space with optimum dimensions of 30' x 40' cleared of all desks, chairs and objects
Tamara introduces her audiences to the sunny land of Spain. Her educational, interactive program combines dance, music, video and images. The rhythm of Spanish music carries the participants through a presentation filled with Spanish language, castanets, fancy heelwork and hand clapping. Tamara has been a faculty member of the Kansas City Ballet School since 2008. Dance workshops include basic foot patterns, steps and postures executed in the traditional flamenco style. Suitable for schools, colleges and community groups.
Available on request
The Big Muddy Dance Company is a St. Louis based repertory dance company that seeks to build a love of dance by providing fun, experiential, and highly entertaining performances while training and developing talent for the future. By engaging emerging and renowned choreographers, we continue to intrigue audiences. We aim to invigorate life through dance by collaborating across the community through outreach. Available repertoire includes: two full-length narrative productions, "A Christmas Carol" and "Lemp Legends"; various repertory works by Artistic Director Brian Enos, as well as an eclectic mix of styles through choose from in our guest choreographic works:
- Marc Macaranas
- Prince Lyons
- Kirven Douthit-Boyd
- Taylor Mitchell
- Robyn Mineko Williams
- Joshua Peugh
Touring offerings may include main stage performances, senior citizen outreach, inter-generational performances, master classes, workshops, and choreographic residencies.
Please call for details!
The Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company has been hailed by critics and audiences alike as one of the most exciting, captivating dance troupes in the Midwest. Dance Magazine, in fact, has spotlighted Wylliams/Henry in their critic’s choice issue of favorite picks across America. Works by internationally acclaimed choreographers, such as David Parsons, Dwight Rhoden, Donald McKayle and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, as well as classics by some of the 20th century’s greatest masters, such as Jose Limon, Hanya Holm and Doris Humphrey, are presented by the Company in each of its seasons. Performances are given in both conventional and non-traditional spaces -- often in partnership with community organiza¬tions -- to introduce contemporary dance to new audiences. Wylliams/Henry connects with a broad spectrum of individuals in both urban and rural communities, while presenting the most powerful and uplifting works from the rich archive of American modern dance.