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Dennis and Kathy Landsman, Co-Artistic Directors of Kansas Regional Ballet and American Dance Center were raised in Chicago and danced together as children in The Nutcracker with George Balanchine’s New York City Ballet. Later, they met again while seeking degrees in dance at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. Kathy received her B.A. degree and was selected to appear in the 1972 edition of Outstanding Young Women of America in recognition of her outstanding ability, accomplishments and service in her field. Dennis received his B.A. degree in 1967. After serving the U.S. Army in Vietnam, Dennis completed his M.A. degree in dance with assistance from the G.I. Bill in 1971. Dennis and Kathy had illustrious careers as dancers during their tenure at Butler.  They have both trained extensively in Chicago, New York, California, Canada and the former Soviet Union, training and working professionally with the nation’s most renowned dance masters including Robert Joffrey, David Howard, Maggie Black, George Verdak, Peter Gennaro, Tommy Tune, Michael Kidd and Michael Bennett.
 
Together, their professional stage credits include over 50+ musicals in summer stock and dinner theater. National tours, commercials, film, TV and Broadway illuminated their careers.
 
The Landsmans’ concentration on superb training through professional programs within their well-established American Dance Center – the official school of the Kansas Regional Ballet – continues to develop and inspire future generations of dancers.  Former students now populate the ranks of prestigious ballet and modern dance companies and have become successful professionals in a variety of fields. As dance educators, for the past twenty-eight years, the Landsmans take great pride in providing a disciplined, yet nurturing, atmosphere in which their students can achieve their maximum potential.
 
Dennis is currently treasurer of the National Regional Dance America Board of Directors and represents the Mid-States Regional Ballet Association as Vice-President/Coordinator. Most recently he was the 2003 recipient of the Kansas Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship for Choreography.

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The Kansas Regional Ballet, an RDA Honor Company, provides an outlet for aspiring young dancers to learn, practice, and perform all forms of dance in an atmosphere characterized by professional excellence and to acquaint, educate, and enrich audiences of all ages in all forms of dance.
 
Led by Artistic Directors, Dennis and Kathy Landsman, eminently experienced professionals in both the teaching and performing genres, Kansas Regional Ballet provides a delightful addition to Kansas City’s cultural portfolio.
 
Founded in 1979, the Kansas Regional Ballet, formerly know as the American Youth Ballet, brings such classic tales as Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Coppélia, and two original ballets, Through the Looking Glass and Snow White to life each year. In addition, the Kansas Regional Ballet showcases the talents of emerging, innovative choreographers who bring new energy to a classic art form. As well as providing enthusiastic public audiences with an exciting dance experience, the company also entertains over 4,000 school children each year with special performances designed to stimulate a child’s
imagination and enhance their interest in the performing arts. Kansas Regional Ballet is definitely a valuable link in bringing dance to the community and arts into focus.

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