Kansas City Young Audiences to Bobbi Foudree with Teaching Artist Award at Dance-In at the Drive-In on June 1st


Kansas City, Mo. – Kansas City Young Audiences (KCYA) will present the annual distinguished artist award at its Dance-In at the Drive-In event on Tuesday, June 1st. To be held at the Boulevard Drive-In Theatre, the event is a family friendly, Covid-safe variation of KCYA’s Community School of the Arts spring dance performance.


The Lighton Prize for Teaching Artist Excellence will be awarded to Bobbi Foudree. In memory of Gertrude W. Lighton, this award recognizes excellence by KCYA teaching artists who provide interactive arts education programs to students. Lighton Prize winners provide programs that exhibit high artistic quality and a strong connection to school curriculum. 


Bobbi Foudree started dancing at the age of 16 with our very own Kim Shope as her first teacher!  Soon knew she would pursue a career both as a professional dancer and as a dance teacher. Bobbi completed her B.F.A. in dance at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. After college Bobbi danced with Northern Ballet Theater and Jennie and Company in New Hampshire. During her time with Northern Ballet Theater she had the honor of being both a teacher and director for Northern Ballet Theater 2. 


Since returning to Kansas City, Bobbi has danced with Kacico Dance, Aha! Dance Theater, Reach, The Smith project, 940 dance company and currently is a company member with City in Motion Dance Theater. Bobbi has been teaching with KCYA since 2012 and teaches tap and jazz classes at the Community School of the Arts and also teaches dance workshops and curriculum integrated dance residencies in schools and after-school sites around the city.


The Dance-In at the Drive-In event will feature more than 70 student dancers all dancing to music from popular movies. The young dancers will be filmed with their regular class cohort and the resulting film will be shared at dusk at the drive in. The pre-show experience will include a participatory drumming workshop by KCYA teaching artist Jaisson Taylor. 


About KCYA


KCYA, a non-profit organization, has been at the forefront of arts education since 1961. During its 60-year history, KCYA has used the arts to expand the minds of more than 6 million children in the Kansas City area. As an affiliate of the nationwide Young Audiences Arts for Learning network, KCYA is part of one of the largest arts education organizations in the country.


KCYA In-School Programs ignite learning in the classroom through the power of the arts. Professional teaching artists visit schools, libraries, and community centers to deliver arts-integrated workshops, performances, and residencies that are aligned to academic curriculum. Building on that, the Arts Partners program adds the resources of 14 premier arts organizations in partnership with local school districts to offer arts for learning programs within school district, ensuring equal access for every student.


KCYA's administrative center as well as the Community School of the Arts located at 3732 Main Street in Kansas City, MO. The CSA offers children a place to learn, explore, and develop their own creative interests and talents. Classes and camps in music, dance, theatre, and visual art are available for all ages and abilities, all year round. While KCYA offers a broad array of programs it is singularly and fiercely focused on its mission to engage all youth in the arts, promote creativity, and inspire success in education.


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