beginning, there was one. One lady with a desire to
share her love of dance with the people of Kansas
City. After coordinating efforts with a local DJ at
the well-known club , Ol’ School, De began to teach
some of the more popular line dances of the day to
local residents. As time went , De decided to
“graduate” her students and a concept was born—the
KC Coolers. The KC Cooler (KCC) organization went on
to become a well known group in the city, and under
the leadership of De Barker flourished in and out of
KC’s city limits. From national events like the Tom
Joyner Sky Show, to local events like grand openings
of black-owned venues and city celebrations—no
worthy event went unnoticed and untouched by the
line dance flavor of De Barker.
From Boots to
All thing must change, and all
good things must grow. In 2007, De Barker and her
group The DeUnyt left the KCC to stand on their own.
The DeUnyt is proud to be one of the premier acts to
expand from the ranks of the KC Cooler organization,
and continues to promote the art of Line Dance and
Two-Step not just in Kansas City, but everywhere we
We Slyde and 2-Step...
A new group of diehards
“stepped up to the plate” when called upon for
last-minute requests for performances where DeUnyt
was not available, and along with assisting De with
class instruction became the group KC2SS (KC
“I Dance Wit De”...
While joining a group may work
for some, there are those who desired to “just
dance”, and the IDWD Productions umbrella opened to
cover all of De’s students and dance groups under
one entity. In the manner, all types of events, all
forms of clients, all manners of students could be
served, and the love of dance can continue to be
spread, wherever we are.
Giving Back Through Our
It is in the realm of working
with youth that IDWD Productions sets itself apart
from all others. A strong desire to give back to the
community drives De and her team of instructors to
teach young people from age 5 on up the art of
2-Step and Line Dance. Group participants are also
given the opportunity to perform in the group
KydsUnyt, and have been seen all over the city, from
dancing for the mayor of KC to choreographed
performances at Kansas City Live! Atrium in the
heart of the new Power & Light District.
LOVE OF DANCE WE UNITE,
AND UNITY EXISTS BEYOND THE DANCE FLOOR!
2-STEP & LINE DANCES
FROM ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY!
DE BARKER (816) 446-0169
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