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ArtTalk: Jerry Price writes about the School of Missouri Contemporary Ballet

October 19, 2012 | 10:00 a.m. CDT
Dancers from the Missouri Contemporary Ballet pose for a picture.

This article is a part of ArtTalk, a new Missourian project inviting people from the arts community to tell us what’s cooking around town. To submit something you're excited about and open the eyes of the community to local art, fill out the form at the bottom of this story. Find past submissions here.

Here's the latest in the series, written by Jerry Price, pictured below.

Q: What's your connection to Columbia's art scene?

A: I came in contact with Missouri Contemporary Ballet several years ago through its Dancing with Missouri Stars fundraising event. I was one of the celebrity dancers and found the experience to be beyond my expectations. I began to take dance lessons, and dancing became a part of my most enjoyable activities. My awareness of the ballet performances of the Missouri Contemporary Ballet company expanded, and I started to attend their performances and was overwhelmed by the level of talent that was right here in our community.


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Q: What artistic project or product are you excited about?

A: There are two projects that excite me the most. First, the School of Missouri Contemporary Ballet that offers classes to a very good 6-year-old friend of mine that is so excited to be learning ballet. The second are its live performances that are held at the Missouri Theatre several times throughout the year. The next is THIRST in November, which is an original composition of 6 different works. Check it out. You might just be amazed!

Q: Why are you excited, and why might other people be interested?

A: I learn something different each time I attend. Sometimes it is visually exciting to watch, and other times there is just a visceral reaction that takes place. You never know.



Have something from Columbia’s arts and culture scene that you’d like to share with the rest of the community? Become a part of ArtTalk.

The rules? There aren’t many. Describe works of art, places, events, workshops, exhibits or anything else arts-related. The only restriction is that you can't share your own work. To submit, fill out the form below or email the same information to us at

This invitation is part of the Missourian's partnership with the Public Insight Network. Read more about that here.

Questions? Contact Joy Mayer, the Missourian's director of community outreach, at or 573-882-8182.