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

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

This weekly movement class (not ballet) takes place in your school during the school day. The curriculum is designed for 3rd or 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 performance for the families of R.O.A.D. students, a R.O.A.D. Rally.

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

Fee: Costs vary based on school numbers.

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.

For more information about the R.O.A.D. Program,  please email aberry@kcballet.org or call 816.216.5583.


We wish to sincerely thank the following for their support of Kansas City Ballet’s 2016-2017 Reach Out and Dance (R.O.A.D.) Program.

H & R Block Foundation
Oppenstein Brothers Foundation
Macy’s Foundation
Sprint Foundation
Belger Cartage Service, Inc.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City
Great Western Bank
Henderson Engineers, Inc.
JE Dunn Construction Company
Breidenthal – Snyder Foundation
BlueScope Steel North America
Louis and Frances Swinken Supporting Foundation
U.S. Bank
Kendra Scott Jewelry


R.O.A.D. Coordinator
Sean Duus

R.O.A.D. Teaching Artists
Jessica Bacus
Sean Duus
Hannah Lareau
Megan Robinson
Paco Vitug

R.O.A.D Accompanists
Sam Beckett
James Dennihan
Alyssa Murray
Andrew Ouellette
Roger Wilder