Kansas City Ballet: The First Fifty Years cover
KANSAS CITY BALLET: The First Fifty Years (cover)

The First Fifty Years

by Wyatt Townley • Kansas City Star Books

This 50-year retrospective captures the glory and grit of one company’s journey to becoming a dynamic force in the world of dance.

With a foreword by Jacques d’Amboise and over 100 color photographs, the commemorative 50th anniversary edition explores KCB’s rich history, highlighting eras of its three long-time artistic directors: Tatiana Dokoudovska, Todd Bolender, and William Whitener.

Each copy signed by the authorEach copy signed by the author $29.95 • Hardcover
Over 100 color images • 64 pages
~11X12" • Published by Kansas City Star Books 2007
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Reviews | Comments

"What a surprise to find in Kansas City Ballet: the first fifty years, a snappy, relaxed little text that matches the physical book....Author Wyatt Townley uses wit and high spirits to enliven what could have been a solemn chronicle....smart, quick, unpompous, ideal for the sleek professional-looking dancers who meet your eyes in these pages."

Dance Magazine

"In loving, arresting style, Townley unveils a collection of recollections and historical 'must know' info about the ballet—one of the precious chambers within the cultural community's vibrant heart."

Sun Newspapers

"A well-researched history by author Wyatt Townley containing generous photographs and pointed comments from those who helped build the company."

The Kansas City Star