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KC Dance Day
August 24, 2019
Enjoy our 9th annual KC Dance Day at the Bolender Center from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with FREE dance classes and FREE performances; even an open rehearsal by Kansas City Ballet dancers! All events take place at the TODD BOLENDER CENTER, 500 W. PERSHING, just west of Union Station.
New Dance Partners
Sept. 27-28, 2019
Four Choreographers – Four Companies – Four World Premieres! An innovative festival of contemporary and modern dance.
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019
Come experience a choreographer at work in the studio creating new movement to well-known music! This inspiring panel and company rehearsal of the ballet Carmina Burana, provides the community-at-large an opportunity to hear guest choreographer Adam Hougland, Kansas City Ballet dancers and special guests share their personal insights around bringing this world premiere ballet to the stage. Moderated by Kansas City Ballet Artistic Director Devon Carney, includes an audience Q and A. Tickets are $12.
October 11-20, 2019
Featuring Carmina Burana, Tulips & Lobster and Petal
The Nutcracker Ball
November 23, 2019
Don’t miss the most festive party in town — the Ballet Guild’s 52nd annual Nutcracker Ball at InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza. The Ball benefits Kansas City Ballet and celebrates the Ballet’s holiday classic The Nutcracker. The evening begins with an enchanting cocktail hour accompanied by endless Christmas goodies, followed by a delicious three-course meal and a behind-the-scenes VIP performance by Kansas City Ballet dancers. Dance all night at Kansas City’s premier holiday event!
December 5-24, 2019
Sugar Plum Fairy Children’s Ball
December 7, 2019
Join the enchanting Sugar Plum Fairy and her friends as they entertain you at the Muehlebach Tower of the Marriot in downtown Kansas City at 10:30 a.m. for a morning full of magic. Each child will receive a complimentary photo with the Sugar Plum Fairy and delight in complimentary face painting. Guests will enjoy shopping for holiday gifts at the toy shoppe or our fun silent auction, and will dine on a delicious three-course luncheon. Following the ball, guests will attend the matinee performance of Kansas City Ballet Artistic Director Devon Carney’s The Nutcracker at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
The Nutcracker Sensory-Friendly Performance
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Partnering with Children’s Mercy Hospital, Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City, and Breedlove Family Foundation, Kansas City Ballet is pleased to present a sensory-friendly performance of The Nutcracker for children, families and adults with sensory sensitivities, autism spectrum disorder or other special needs. Appropriate changes will be made to this performance to create a welcoming and safe space for all in attendance. Tickets available by phone only and on sale Aug. 26, 2019.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
The most recognized ballet of all time. This Dance Speaks provides an opportunity for the community-at-large to get a sneak peek of a Swan Lake rehearsal and gain behind the scenes information regarding KC Ballet’s production. Choreographer and Artistic Director Devon Carney and special guests invite you to join them in an engaging conversation inspired by this timeless work. Tickets are $12.
February 14-23, 2020
March 11, 2020
The Creative Process: Cutting-edge choreographers’ works brought to the stage! This Dance Speaks provides up-close and personal insights into the creative process of diverse choreographers creating original, contemporary works for a ballet company. This event, held at ArtsKC Gallery, will include an audience Q and A. Tickets are $12.
March 26-29, 2020
April 22, 2020
Experience this marriage of ballet and Irish dance! Kansas City Ballet’s Artistic Director Devon Carney moderates what promises to be an interesting panel discussion with the choreographer of Celts, Lila York, and other special guests. Celts, a stunning fusion of Irish Folk Dance and Ballet is set to the music of The Chieftains and more. A celebration of Irish culture, it brings audiences to their feet with its intense choreographed jigs and captivating energy. Come see a rehearsal with Lila York and KCB company dancers before the production opens. Tickets are $12.
April 23, 2020
This is a full evening of dance with KCB’s Second Company performing a variety of both classical and custom-made contemporary works. This emerging professionals’ program gives extraordinarily talented young dancers a professional company experience as prelude to their joining a professional company. KCB’s Second Company performs throughout the region through public performances, lecture demonstrations, residencies and workshops, enabling the community to experience live dance in a public setting.
May 8-17, 2020
Featuring Celts, Serenade and Wunderland
The Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City Ballet Guild, the Missouri Arts Council—a state agency, and ArtsKC support Kansas City Ballet’s 2019-2020 Season.