CSA Spotlight


Congratulations to ballet student Nicole Slocomb! Nicole will graduate from St. Teresa's Academy this month. We have enjoyed watching her dance and grow through the years at the Community School of the Arts.



Nicole as Dorothy in Dancing to Oz


Kim Shope, Head of the KCYA Dance Department shared her thoughts about Nicole at the last performance: Dancing to Oz which took place at Rockhurst High School on May 18th.


"Nicole Slocomb is our Graduating Senior this year and we are very proud of her accomplishments in and out of the dance studio. Not only is she a beautiful and dedicated dancer, but she is a talented choreographer and illustrator. She was recently the choreographer for Rockhurst High School’s “Bonnie and Clyde” and has won numerous awards for her artwork. 


When Nicole became my ballet student at KCYA, she was a spunky little girl full of enthusiasm and excitement. I soon learned that her joy was about dancing and less about remembering the steps correctly! My challenge has been to nourish her love of dance and ignite a desire to dance with artistic and technical prowess. One year, I actually created a role I called “The Silly Ballerinas” to embrace her natural propensity for fun and frivolity! 


At the tender age of 13 in 2014, when I was struggling to create a complex show to all Beatles music, I tasked Nicole with choreographing her own solo. She was so excited and had so many potential steps to use, she didn’t really finalize the dance until show day, much to my dismay! But, WOW! Her performance that night was mesmerizing and the power of dancing her own steps that night was clearly a defining moment in her dance career. She has continued to love choreographing and has debuted her own choreography many times in our shows as well as other performances. 


Nicole has truly become an exceptional young lady and I can count on her to always be helpful and kind while displaying a contagious positive attitude, still laced with that fun and frivolity from her younger years. Her passionate and artistically driven dancing style makes her performances electrifying for the audience. 


Last but not least, I am thrilled that Nicole will be staying in Kansas City and adding Assistant Instructor to her young resume. She will be a valued and integral assistant this Summer with KCYA camps and will hopefully continue as an assistant this Fall while studying at Johnson County Community College. 


It has been an honor to watch Nicole mature into the fabulous young lady she is today!"


- Kim Shope, Dance Department Head




Everyone at KCYA wishes you the best of luck, Nicole!