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Our Approach

Midwest Regional Ballet is a pre-professional performing arts company and dance education center for children, teenagers, and adults, and is located in Joplin, MO.

 

Our Mission

To build confidence and character while developing responsible community members, leaders and artists. We strive to maintain a foundation of strength in firm leadership and integrity in action, to focus on family, responsibility, commitment, discipline, community awareness, and the best in artistry.

Instructors

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Kaye Lewis

Founder & Artistic Director

Kaye Lewis began her training in dance over 40 years ago and has been teaching since 1985.  Her training includes: primary education to advanced dance education under the tutelage of Judith Pendergraft and Pipers School of Dance in Carthage, MO, Professional training at Gus Giordano’s Dance Center in Chicago, where she was offered a full scholarship in the program. While at Giordano's she studied with Mr. Giordano known as the Godfather of Jazz, David Howard who also was the ballet master for NYC Ballet, Patsy Swayze, Frank Hatchett to name a few.  She trained in a teachers program at formerly named  The Dallas Metropolitan Ballet in Dallas, TX now called Texas Ballet Theatre. Ms. Lewis then returned to Carthage where she opened her first school in 1985 under the name K.C. Dance Arts. She then moved to Texas to train at Dallas Met and began teaching at a school in Arlington and later opened her own school there. Eventually she moved back to the four-states to be closer to family and opened Katy and Co. above Red Onion Café, in 1999 she decided to change the format of her school and create a performance company as well as a training school and changed the name to Midwest Regional Ballet Company and School. Lewis and company are  well-known locally for contributions to Art in the community, and for her accomplishments as a master choreographer. Kaye has won many awards for her works and as a result has traveled across the United States networking with prominent professionals and creative minds alike. She received Teacher of the Year in NYC in 2001 and 2003. Lewis is well known for her original works such as Alice in Steampunk Wonderland which was set to music by Queen, Nightmare Before Christmas, Dracula, and most recently her Black and White Series that deals with social issues that are kept quiet in our society, as well as many classical ballets such as The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Swan Lake.  Her students have successfully pursued careers as actors and dancers for places such as Houston Ballet,  Denver Ballet, St Louis Ballet, Joffery Ballet, Wilmington Ballet, Ballet International, Hartford Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Avant Chamber Ballet,  Friends University, UMKC, Broadway Touring Companies, Disney, Cirque School,  and local public schools, as well as various modeling, music video , movies and commercial contracts. Kaye enjoys creating both original works and classical pieces for her company dancers to perform. She also integrates other talent internally while partnering with outside talent such as the American Opera Studio of Kansas City, MO, the Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra, the Harlem Globetrotters, local community theatres, and Amplify. She has recently been busy bringing in Master Classes for all area dancers with The Legacy Project, MoMix.  Most recently Ms. Lewis was awarded the Freeman Women's with Heart award, and the prestigious Arty award from the Joplin Chamber of Commerce. Lewis  is both thrilled and humbled by the response that  MRB has received from the community and gives all credit to God and to her talented company members.

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Allison Black

Dance Instructor

Allison Black has been training as a dancer for over 17 years under the direction of Kaye Lewis at Midwest Regional Ballet. In that time, she has performed in numerous productions, such as dancing the role of “Odette” in Swan Lake, “Lucy” in Dracula, and “Tiger Lily” in Peter Pan. She has danced in various shows in Branson, Missouri; as well as taken many workshops and classes like hip hop from Nick Bass and Misha Gabriel, Horton at Alvin Ailey, and aerial with Quixotic. Allison’s time on the stage is not limited to just dance though, she has also been involved in community theatre. Including Hairspray, Evita, and Rent with Pittsburg Community Theatre and Joplin Little Theatre.

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Natalie Cossey

Dance Instructor

Natalie Cossey is from Carthage Missouri, where she began dancing as a young child. Her training first began with Ms. Kaye and has since included other dance affiliates such as The Hayden Dance Company, Carthage High School Dance Team and Theater, Bakersfield College and Missouri Southern State University. Her teaching and performance career continues with Midwest Regional Ballet Company & School. She has been a dance instructor for almost twenty years specializing in jazz and ballet. She is also trained in ballroom, broadway, contemporary, hip/hop and tap. Natalie graduated from Missouri Southern State University with a bachelors degree in Mass Communication and Public Speaking. Her dance career with Midwest Regional Ballet ranges from 2004-present and includes costume design, directing, instruction, marketing, photography, production and set design.

Next Steps...

If you have further questions please feel free to come by our studio at 2100 Stephens Blvd, call us (417)439-9549, or send us an email!  We would love to hear from you!