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Kansas commission awards grant to JCCC dance project


Kansas commission awards grant to JCCC dance project

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Johnson County Community College has been awarded a $36,689 grant to support New Dance Partners, an event that features area dance groups performing works designed by nationally known choreographers.

The Creative Economy Project Support grant, announced July 1, came from the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission. The commission’s grants promote creative industries to help grow the state’s economy.

“We are thrilled to receive this support,” said Emily Behrmann, general manager of the Performing Arts Series at JCCC. “We feel this project inspires significant collaboration between Kansas City arts organizations to support artistic growth in dance.”

The New Dance Partners event will take place at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26-27, at JCCC’s Yardley Hall in the Carlsen Center. The audience will see original works from choreographers Robert Moses, Penny Saunders and Amy Siewert that will be performed by members of the Kansas City Ballet, Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance and the Owen/Cox Dance Group. For tickets, call the JCCC Box Office at 913-469-4445 or visit

Working with the college on the dance event are partners InterUrban ArtHouse and Downtown Overland Park Partnership, Inc.

At 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13, JCCC’s Performing Arts Series will present “New Dance Partners: Explorations in Dance” at the Overland Park Farmer’s Market. Performing will be dancers from Kansas City Ballet II, a program for emerging dance professionals, and dancers from a local swing dance studio.

The event will feature a free ticket giveaway to the Sept. 26-27 performances.

Behrmann said New Dance Partners is “a unique project on a scale that has not been accomplished before in historic downtown Overland Park. This is truly a meaningful vote of confidence by the Kansas commission for the New Dance Partners project.’’

Earlier this year, JCCC’s Performing Arts Series received a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support New Dance Partners.