The Kansas City Ballet offers an eclectic repertory ranging from the traditional classics to exciting contemporary ballets. The professional dance company is based in Kansas City, Missouri and has served the entire Midwest through its education, outreach, touring, and residency activities.
In August 2011, Kansas City Ballet's new home, the Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity, opened following a renovation of the historic Power House facility at Union Station. In September 2011, the much awaited Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts opened and became the new stage for Kansas City Ballet.
KCB nourishes our community through dance with three major components.
Kansas City Ballet Company
Kansas City Ballet is a 28-member professional ballet company under the direction of Artistic Director William Whitener and Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley. The Ballet is certainly one of the region’s great success stories. The company is one of the healthiest, most artistically dynamic and financially sound performing arts institutions of its size in the country. This community jewel has earned the respect of the national dance community as well as the city and region as one that is devoted to excellence, committed to the welfare and best interests of its artists, and as an institution willing to take artistic risks even as it protects and secures its financial resources.
Kansas City Ballet School
The Kansas City Ballet School provides excellence in dance training to a diverse student body. Their comprehensive approach is based on the traditions of classical ballet and prepares students for the widest spectrum of opportunities within the artistic community and professional dance world. The School develops students whose lives are enhanced through their experience with the School, its faculty, staff and artists. Their students are in a position to elevate the community's appreciation of the arts through their outstanding dance education.
Community Outreach & Education
Over 15,000 people annually benefit from KCB’s Community Programs through student matinees, discounted tickets, pre-performance programs and Reach Out And Dance (ROAD), a program where dance is incorporated into area elementary schools’ curriculum. The programs provide introduction, enrichment, and opportunity for anyone to explore dance as a powerful and transformational art form.