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Anthony Krutzkamp was born in Alexandria, Kentucky where he trained with Janet Schultz at Children’s Dance Theater. After Mr. Krutzkamp attended the Cincinnati Ballet School, he began his formal training with Petrus Bosman and David Keener. His first professional company was Kansas City Ballet where he was cast as the Cat in Todd Bolender’s reconstruction of Balanchine’s Renard. After the completion of that season he moved on to Cincinnati Ballet where he was promoted every season until he reached the rank of principal dancer at age 23. He has performed such classical roles as Prince Desire in Sleeping Beauty, Prince Charming in Cinderella, Siegfried in Swan Lake, Shakrier in 1001 Nights, and Romeo in Romeo & Juliet. He has also danced the lead in works by George Balanchine including Emeralds in Jewels, Theme and Variations, Concerto Barocco, Tchaikovsky pas de deux andChaconne. His contemporary works include ballets by Twyla Tharp, Jorma Elo, Adam Houghland, and Darrell Grand Maultrie. As an international guest artist, Mr. Krutzkamp has performed Flames of Paris, Don Jose in Carmen, Solar in La Bayadere, Cavalier in The Nutcracker, Siegfried in Swan Lake, Franz in Coppelia, and Don Q Suite in Fukuoka and Okinawa, Japan. Anthony retired from the Kansas City Ballet in 2014 and is now the Manager of KCB II.
As a choreographer, Mr. Krutzkamp has created and set works on Kansas City Dance Festival, Verb Ballets, Ballet Des Moines, Concert Nova, KCB II and for Kansas City Ballet’s New Moves. He set his original work Similar on the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music Dance Department in 2015. He recently choreographed on Verb Ballets and co-created a work with Kansas City Ballet company dancer Ryan Jolicoeur-Nye in the summer of 2015 for the Kansas City Dance Festival. In 2016, Anthony choreographed a 40 minute version for KCB II of Carmina Burana, which was performed at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Earlier in 2017, Anthony produced the first KCB ll performance at the Michael and Ginger Frost Performance Space at the Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity.
As a director, he has presented repertoire by Marco Goecke, Douglas Lee, Salvatore Aiello, Yuri Possokhov, Marina Kessler, Chris Stuart, Todd Bolender, Matthew Neenan and Ma Cong. Mr. Krutzkamp holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and was recognized by the University with a diploma of high honors.
Mr. Pachciarz began his professional career at the age of 15 while joining Twyla Tharp’s dance ensemble, Tharp!. He toured across the United States premiering three new works entitled Sweet Fields, Heroes, and Route 66. He then continued his formal dance education at the North Carolina School of the Arts under the tutelage of Ton Simons, Fernando Bujones, and Warren Conover. At age 18, he joined the Boston Ballet II and was then promoted to the main company where he enjoyed working with such choreographers as Rudi van Dantzig, Christopher Wheeldon, and Ben Stevenson. Mr. Pachciarz joined the Kansas City Ballet in 2001. In his 14 years with the Company, he has enjoyed dancing in numerous works including Jardi Tancat, Dark Elegies, The Catherine Wheel Suite, and Flower Festival pas de deux. Some of his favorite roles have included Albrecht in Giselle, the title role in Romeo & Juliet,Blue in Green solo in Jaywalk, the solo man in Brahms Paganini, Iago in The Moor’s Pavane, and Dracula in Michael Pink’s Dracula.
Jill Marlow Krutzkamp began her training at the Draper Center for Dance Education in Rochester, New York, under the direction of Timothy Draper and Jamey Leverett. Additionally, Ms. Marlow Krutzkamp spent time studying at American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet and Indiana University. She started out her professional career with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, spent nine years with Cincinnati Ballet, and four years with Kansas City Ballet before retiring. Jill has danced leading classical roles in La Bayadere, Giselle, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Romeo and Juliet. She has also performed principal roles in Balanchine’s Who Cares?, Serenade, Four Temperaments & Allegro Brilliante, as well as performing Chaconne with Suzanne Farrell Ballet at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Jill’s most favorite contemporary roles have included works by notable choreographers including Twyla Tharp, Ma Cong, Luca Vegetti, Jody Gates, Anthony Krutzkamp, Devon Carney, Adam Hougland, and Mauricio Wainrot.
Jill graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelors of Science in Health Education (2011) and is the founder/author of her blog titled, dancehealthier. Jill retired from Kansas City Ballet and currently is the Pilates and Wellness Director for Performance Rehab, specializing in dancer prevention and post recovery of injuries, but not limited to. Jill is married to co-artistic director of KCDF, Anthony Krutzkamp. Both Jill and Anthony are proud parents of their daughter, Abrielle Jane Krutzkamp, who recently turned 1 year old on June 11th.
Katie Pilone, a native of Mason, Ohio, received her primary instruction from The Otto M. Budig Academy of Cincinnati Ballet. Ms. Pilone had the honor of dancing with the Cincinnati Ballet’s corps de ballet as an academy student in various productions, including The Nutcracker, Giselle, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Cinderella, and The Sleeping Beauty. She spent her summers studying at Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Kaatsbaan Extreme Ballet, BalletMet, and Kansas City Ballet. Ms. Pilone continued her training and education at Butler University in Indianapolis, IN, where her repertoire included roles in The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Giselle, and Swan Lake. Favorite leading roles include Four Little Swans in Swan Lake, Flower Soloist in The Nutcracker, and the principal role in Gerald Arpino’s Viva Vivaldi. Ms. Pilone also toured Eastern Europe with the Butler Ballet and performed with the National Schools of ballet in Warsaw and Poznan, Poland, and the National Conservatories of Bratislava, Slovakia and Prague, Czech Republic. Katie graduated from Butler University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Dance Arts Administration and a minor in Marketing. Ms. Pilone is pursuing her professional career next season as a dancer with the Kentucky Ballet Theatre. Katie is very excited to be joining the Kansas City Dance Festival team for the third year.
“With the aforementioned ‘First Annual’ to the name of the performance, it can be presumed that the festival will become a regular occurrence in Kansas City. This initial satisfying fanfare yielded popular success amongst audience members and its timing was perfect, occurring partway through dance’s summer respite.”
Laura Vernaci, KC Metropolis