Reach Out And Dance (R.O.A.D.)

R.O.A.D. is a 12 to 24-week in-school dance residency program for elementary students, taught by professional teaching artists from Kansas City Ballet to live piano accompaniment.

This weekly movement class takes place in your school during the school day. The curriculum is designed for 3rd and 4th grade students, introducing students to the fundamentals of dance: space, time, effort, self-discipline and cooperative learning. Lessons integrate your school’s academic curriculum and are based on National, Missouri, and Kansas State Education Standards. R.O.A.D. culminates in a very special end-of-year R.O.A.D. Rally for the families of R.O.A.D. students.

Participation in R.O.A.D. requires no special dance clothing, shoes, or equipment.

Fee: Costs vary based on school numbers. For more information about the R.O.A.D. Program,  please email or call 816.216.5583.

Teacher comments:
“R.O.A.D. has helped our students by encouraging teamwork, reinforcing our curriculum and by introducing an art form that many would never see.”

“I have a totally non-speaking child. R.O.A.D. helped to bridge the gap. He was so proud of his R.O.A.D. accomplishments, and he didn’t have to talk to be good.”

And students love R.O.A.D.!
“I feel good about myself…proud…like a superstar.


We wish to sincerely thank the following for their support of Kansas City Ballet’s Reach Out and Dance (R.O.A.D.) Program.

Hearst Foundation

R.O.A.D. Scholarship Program Uniform Provider

Kansas City Ballet’s young professionals group, for their annual fundraiser that benefits the R.O.A.D. Scholarship Program.

Arvin T. Gottlieb Charitable Foundation, UMB Bank, N.A., trustee
Evelyn R. Craft Belger and C. Richard Belger
Belger Cartage Service, Inc.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City
BlueScope Steel
DST Systems, Inc.
H&R Block Foundation
Hall Family Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Barnett C. Helzberg, Jr.
Henderson Engineers, Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. Steven Israelite
JE Dunn Construction Company
Kendra Scott
Louis & Elizabeth Nave Flarsheim Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee
Louis and Frances Swinken Supporting Foundation
Mr. G. Dale Mathey
Oppenstein Brothers Foundation
R and C Charitable Foundation
R.A. Long Foundation
US Bank Foundation
Mrs. Pam Welker
Wells Fargo Foundation