the home of Kansas City ballet
“it’s always a thrill to visit the Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity, a rehabbed architectural wonder that never fails to make the jaw drop.”
– The Kansas city star
On the west edge of the Union Station campus, the Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity lays at the heart of downtown Kansas City and the vibrant Crossroads Arts District. It is the home of Kansas City’s premier dance company and the region’s best ballet school. The Bolender Center is a creative center for our community.
The historic Power House building at Union Station was transformed into the Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity and was opened in August 2011. Once a power plant where huge boilers burned coal to generate steam for Union Station, the building has been transformed into the 60,000-square-foot home of Kansas City Ballet.
The Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity is a fully renovated, historically significant structure that has been updated and is fully compliant with all ADA requirements. The accessibility services and accommodation methods in the Bolender Center include: ample accessible parking spaces convenient to entrances with drop-off areas; appropriate doorways and entrances that include automatic opening features; ADA compliant braille and tactile signage; restrooms that fully comply with ADA disability requirements; easy elevator access to all levels of the facility; and ample accessible seating for performances and exhibitions.
- Seven studios – nearly twice that of our former facility – with specialized floors for learning and rehearsing every type of dance.
- Rehearsal space the same size as the Muriel Kauffman Theatre stage
- The Michael and Ginger Frost Studio Theater, which seats 180 comfortably
- 180 parking spaces adjacent to the building
- Wardrobe/costume facilities
- Physical therapy suite
- Set storage
- Artist locker rooms
- Administrative offices
The Bolender Center is also home to the Tatiana Dokoudovska Library for Dance and Kansas City Ballet Archives which documents the history of the Kansas City Ballet. Learn More
What People are Saying
“I’m lucky enough to travel all over the world and see dance facilities everywhere, and I can’t think of one in the world that is more beautiful than this building,” commented Michael Kaiser, President of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts at the Bolender Center ribbon-cutting ceremony. With the help of all donors, the Bolender Center cements Kansas City Ballet’s place as an enduring and vital member of the Kansas City community.
Together we have returned an abandoned building to creative life. Together we have restored a piece of the city’s past in a way that contributes to its future. The Bolender Center will play a crucial role in the redevelopment of Kansas City and is a symbol of the resurgent Crossroads area and the culture that thrives there.
Michael and Ginger Frost Studio Theater
Hallway on second floor