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2014 Fall Symposium

KCFAA Fall Symposium
Thursday September 4, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm


Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey is committed to a five year symposia project that will focus attention on fostering awareness of issues of diversity at the local, regional, national and international level. The featured speakers will share their contributions to American cultural arts and give important insights on race, diversity and success.

Breakfast Session: 8:00 am – 9:00 am at the University of Missouri, Kansas City (UMKC) (Meet the panelists)
Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry, Kansas City, MO 64110

Session I: 9:30 am – 10:45 am at UMKC

  • Dance Studio 1 – Cleo Parker Robinson -Dancer Feedback session, instructor Gary Abbot
  • Dance Studio 2 – Ann Williams -African American Dance in the South
  • White Hall – Joan Myers Brown-Classical Dance and African American Contributions

Session II: 11:15 am – 12:30 pm at UMKC

  • Dance Studio 1 – Ann Williams – Dancer Feedback session, instructor Dee Anna Hiett
  • Dance Studio 2 – Joan Myers Brown – Why Dance; A History About You
  • White Hall – Cleo Parker Robinson – Black Dance, Race and Ethnicity; Does It Matter

Lunch: 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm (on own)

Session III: 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm at UMKC

  • Dance Studio 1 – Joan Myers Brown – Dancer Feedback session, instructor Sabrina Madison Cannon
  • Dance Studio 2 – Cleo Parker Robinson – Starting a Dance Company; Lessons Learned
  • Dance Studio 3 – Ann Williams – Developing Coalitions and Partnerships for Success

Closing Question and Answer session: 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Private KCFAA Donor Reception: 4:30 pm, 18th & Vine Jazz District

Roving reception: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm, The Black Archives of Mid America, The Blue Room and Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey.

Free Community Town Hall Meeting:
Race, Place and the Importance of Diversity, featuring the panelists: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm The Gem Theater
(Free and open to the public)


Full Day Symposium: $50
Full Day Symposium + Roving Reception: $60
Roving Reception only: $15

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Or call the KCFAA offices for more information and to purchase your tickets
(816) 471-6003

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance

Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Ann M. Williams, Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Joan Myers Brown, PHILADANCO

Joan Myers Brown, PHILADANCO

Hotel Accommodations

Holiday Inn on the Country Club Plaza

1 E 45 St, Kansas City MO

KCFAA rate is $92

Reservations can be made calling the hotel directly (816) 753-7400

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