The Kansas City Ballet offers an eclectic repertory ranging from the traditional classics to exciting contemporary ballets. Through its professional company, its second company KCB II and its many community service programs such as Reach Out and Dance (ROAD) and DanceINFORMances we seek to nurture and develop our artists, audiences and students in the values inherent in the creativity, diversity and joy of dance.
Our home, the Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity on the campus of Union Station, in conjunction with our Resident Company status at the world-class Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts has truly positioned Kansas City as a Destination for Dance.
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 Devon Carney and Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley. The Ballet
is certainly one of the region's great success stories. The Company is one of the 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 an organization devoted to excellence, committed to
the best interests of its artists and 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. The School is comprised of two divisions: The Academy Division,
for ages 3-19, and the Studio Division for ages 12 and older. The Academy's
comprehensive approach is based on the traditions of classical ballet and prepares
students for a wide spectrum of opportunities within the artistic community and
professional dance world. The Studio Division encourages health and wellness through
a variety of dance and movement classes. The School develops students of all ages
whose lives are enhanced through their experience with the School's faculty, staff and
artists. These students are in a position to elevate the community's appreciation of the
arts through their outstanding dance education.
Community Outreach & Education
On average, more than 20,000 people annually benefit from Kansas City Ballet's
Community Programs through student matinees, discounted tickets, pre-performance
programs and Reach Out And Dance (ROAD)—a program which incorporates dance
into area elementary schools' curricula. Outreach programs provide introduction,
enrichment, and opportunity for anyone to explore dance as a powerful and
transformational art form.