New Dance Partners

New Dance Partners
The Ultimate Collaboration

8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, September 22, 2017 - September 23, 2017 | Yardley Hall

$21 - $25 Individual Tickets Season Ticket Package

Pre-show talk Friday ONLY (see details below)


New Dance Partners returns strong in 2017! Four companies, four choreographers, four premieres.


We’re thrilled to stage this innovative festival of dance for the fourth time! New Dance Partners is a collaboration where the Carlsen Center commissions choreographers to create original works for local dance companies, which then premiere on the Yardley Hall stage.

In 2017, the collaborative partners are:

  • Kansas City Ballet, working with Matthew Neenan, co-founder and choreographer, BalletX
  • Owen/Cox Dance Group, working with Kameron Saunders, UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance and COCA-St. Louis
  • Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company, working with Jennifer Archibald, founder and artistic director of ARCH Dance Company
  • Störling Dance Company (Olathe, Kansas), working with Heather Gray, associate director, Utah Regional Ballet II

The artistic advisor for New Dance Partners is Michael Uthoff. Burke Brown is the lighting designer. New Dance Partners is sponsored in part by George H. Langworthy Sr. and the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, Commerce Bank, Trustee.

Pre-show Talk - Friday Night Only

7 p.m. Friday, September 22, 2017

The pre-show talk is with featured choreographers:

Matthew Neenan, co-founder and choreographer, BalletX

Kameron Saunders, UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance and COCA-St. Louis

Jennifer Archibald, founder and artistic director of ARCH Dance Company

Heather Gray, associate director, Utah Regional Ballet II