2016-17 Season Notes: Meet the Company


Every fall, the excitement builds as the company returns, some for the first time. This season is no different.


Kansas City Ballet’s Company is from all across the country and around the world. Of the 29 dancers, several hail from outside the United States from Brazil, China, Cuba, and Italy.

New to Kansas City Ballet this season: Ivan Braatz, Kelsey Hellebuyck, Emily Mistretta, Amaya Rodriguez, Sarah Joan Smith, Gustavo Ribeiro, James Kirby Rogers, Katherine Sawicki, and Kevin Wilson.


School Notes: 2016 Summer Intensive Recap


Now that Summer is officially over, join us as we review what made the season great.

Kansas City Ballet School’s 2016 Summer Intensive program ran from June 20-July 22 at the Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity. This year more than 170 students were on hand to learn from such world-class instructors as Karin Averty, Deirdre Chapman, Evelyn Cisneros, Parrish Maynard, Bruce Wells, Kansas City Ballet Artistic Director Devon Carney and more. Dancers represented 29 states across the US and three other countries, Bulgaria, Mexico and Japan.

Attendees not only were immersed in ballet and dance classes but also health and fitness classes such as Pilates, TheraBand and yoga. And to really bring participants together, there were activities around KC as well including a pool party, Worlds of Fun, Starlight Theatre, a World Series champions KC Royals baseball game, and more!

This year two students who attended the intensive were invited to join KCB’s Trainee Program for the 2016-2017 season. They were Kate Anderson and Scout Inghilterra. Three dancers from the 2015 Summer Intensive who attended company auditions were also selected to join as Trainees: Samantha Huebner, Lukas Pringle and Allison Rainford. 

It was another amazing summer for the books.


KC Ballet to Host 2017 Dance/USA Conference


Kansas City Ballet is honored to host the 9th Annual Dance/USA Conference here in Kansas City from June 7-10, 2017.

Dance/USA will also be celebrating its 35th Anniversary in 2017! The Annual Conference gathers the field’s experts to offer to swap stories, learn best practices, fuel partnerships, and interact with emerging artists, colleagues, and role models. From executive directors and emerging arts leaders to managers and presenters, agents and artists, nearly 450 individuals associated with the professional dance field will convene for networking, creative conversation, enriching training sessions, discussion on important issues facing the field, and performances.

The 2017 Annual Conference will showcase the beauty of Kansas City’s by using many local arts venues including Kansas City Ballet’s home, the Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, and more.

Details about registration, speakers, locations, and hotel information will be posted here in early 2017. There will be many opportunities to volunteer during this 4-day event. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Rene Horne at rhorne@kcballet.org.

Ballet Bash—You’re Invited!


This October 1st creative cocktail event will feature amazing food and drink from an array of chefs and vendors including Portable Chef, PB&J, Moxie Catering, Webster House, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Parisi Artisan Coffee, and S.D. Strong Distilling who will oversee vodka tasting stations.

With five bars located throughout the building, a photo booth by Bluestone Photography, a variety of musical choices offered with dancing throughout the building, and the main stage set for The KC All Stars band, there will be fun and frivolity around every corner of the Bolender Center.

Additionally, benefactors also will enjoy a private studio with upscale food by Lon Lane Inspired Occasions, a private bar, and music by Hermon Mehari.

This progressive cocktail party offers an exclusive opportunity to enjoy a unique atmosphere with divine delights throughout the building. It’s a build-your-own-adventure with dancing and merriment for all!

General admission tickets start at $200 – get yours today! To attend the Bash and partake in The Benefactor Dinner on October 13, you must be a Benefactor of $1,250 or more. Select your benefactor level by clicking here. If you are interested in joining our young professionals group, BARRE KC, click here to learn about a package deal.

When: Saturday, October 1, 2016
Benefactor Admittance 6:00 p.m.
Regular Admittance 7:00 p.m.
BARRE Admittance 8:00 p.m.

Where: Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity
500 W. Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108


Order online at KCBALLETBASH.ORGQuestions? Email balletball@kcballet.org.