Our mission is to collaborate with dancers from professional companies worldwide and provide Kansas City with cutting edge choreography during the summer.
Our vision is to enrich the Kansas City community through dance.
Anthony Krutzkamp was a professional ballet dancer with Cincinnati Ballet from the age of 18. 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, Shakriar 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 and Chaconne. 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. While dancing Mr. Krutzkamp received a Bachelor of Science in Management from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and was recognized by the University with a diploma of high honors. Anthony retired from the Kansas City Ballet and became the Head of Kansas City Ballet’s Second Company. He also created and founded the Kansas City Dance Festival in 2013 with Logan Pachciarz.
As a choreographer, Mr. Krutzkamp has created and set works on Kansas City Dance Festival, Verb Ballets, 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. Anthony has collaborated with with the famed Group “Pink Martini” for a celebrated performance at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. He also choreographed “King of Fools” for Nashville Ballet’s Emergence program in March of 2018.
As a director, he has presented repertoire form around the world by Marco Goecke, Douglas Lee, George Balanchine, Christopher Wheeldon, Salvatore Aiello, Yuri Possokhov, Penny Saunders, Andrea Schermoly, Marina Kessler, Chris Stuart, Todd Bolender, Matthew Neenan and Ma Cong.
This is Anthony’s first season at Sacramento Ballet as Executive Director and is honored to be apart of the organization.
Co-Artistic Director Logan Pachciarz began his official dance training at the Franklin School of Performing Arts and at the Nashville Ballet, and his professional career at the age of 15 as a member of Twyla Tharp’s dance ensemble Tharp! During their acclaimed national tour, he performed in three premiere works, Sweet Fields, Heroes, and 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. Joining Boston Ballet II at the age of 18, Mr. Pachciarz was soon promoted to the main company, in which he performed works by choreographers such as Rudi van Dantzig, Christopher Wheeldon, and Ben Stevenson. After two years at Boston Ballet, in 2001 Mr. Pachciarz joined Kansas City Ballet. During his 15 years with the Company, he has performed leading roles in a diverse repertoire, ranging from classical works such as Giselle, and Romeo and Juliet, to contemporary and modern pieces, such as Jardi Tancat, Dark Elegies, The Catherine Wheel Suite, and The Moor’s Pavane. One of his most celebrated roles at Kansas City Ballet (and one which he shared with co-director Anthony Krutzkamp, to equal acclaim) was as the infamous count in Michael Pink’s Dracula.
Along with co-artistic director Anthony Krutzkamp, Mr. Pachciarz founded the Kansas City Dance Festival in 2013 in order to develop an exciting performance series for the Kansas City community. Now in its sixth year, he is proud to have the opportunity to present unique and influential choreographers partnered with extraordinary dancers.
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. She also studied at the schools of that American Ballet Theatre and Boston Ballet, and at Indiana University. Beginning her professional career with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Ms. Krutzkamp spent nine years performing with Cincinnati Ballet and four year with Kansas City Ballet, retiring in 2015. Her leading classical roles include 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, and Allegro Brilliante. Her repertoire also includes contemporary roles by such notable choreographers as Twyla Tharp, Ma Cong, Luca Vegetti, Jody Gates, Anthony Krutzkamp, Adam Hougland, and Mauricio Wainrot.
In her sixth year as general manager of Kansas City Dance Festival, Ms. Krutzkamp oversees the day-to-day operations of the festival. Ms. Krutzkamp received the Bachelors of Science in Health Education degree from the University of Cincinnati in 2011. After retiring from Kansas City Ballet, she joined Performance Rehab, an organization in the Kansas City metro specializing in prevention and recovery from dancers’ and athletes’ injuries, as the Pilates and Wellness Director. Ms. Krutzkamp is also the founder/author of a blog titled, “Dance Healthier: Inspiration and Integration of Dance and Health.”
After moving to Sacramento in December of 2017 with her two year old daughter, Jill began teaching Pilates at Nephesh Pilates and will manage the studio starting in August of 2018.
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. In 2016, she joined Kentucky Ballet Theater under the direction of Norbe Risco. Ms. Pilone is currently a Studio Company member at Oklahoma City Ballet. Katie is very excited to be joining the Kansas City Dance Festival team for her fourth year.
A native of Leawood, Kansas, Elizabeth (Ellie) began her ballet training at Legacy School of the Arts. She trained on scholarship and received the Tatiana Dokoudovska Memorial Award for multiple consecutive years. She spent summers training at the Jillana School, Kaatsbaan, American Ballet Theatre in New York, and on scholarship at Atlanta Ballet’s Professional Intensive. During the summer of 2016, she traveled to Eastern Europe, where she had the opportunity to train and perform in Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia while on tour with Butler Ballet.
In 2018, Ellie graduated Magna Cum Laude from Butler University, where she earned both academic and dance talent scholarships. She earned BFA in Dance Performance, with Highest Honors.
While at Butler, Ms. Abbick performed in many ballets and contemporary works including The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and Giselle, as well as a soloist in Gerald Arpino’s Viva Vivaldi, Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, a soloist in Stephan Laurent’s Fratres, a soloist in Cynthia Pratt’s Riverrun, the Lead Sanguinic Girl in George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, the Diana and Actaeon pas de deux, and a soloist in Paul Taylor’s Piazzolla Caldera.
Ellie also graduated from Butler with a minor in Mathematics and completed the University Honors Program with a thesis written about K-12 art funding. Ellie will be joining the Louisville Ballet as Trainee for the 2018-2019 season. She is so excited to join the Kansas City Dance Festival team this 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