About The School

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Kansas City Ballet School is recognized as one of the top ballet training institutions in the United States.

Under the direction of School Director Grace Holmes, the School offers a complete, professional curriculum for our Academy students. With locations in downtown Kansas City and Johnson County, the School maintains a faculty of over 30 instructors. The School’s Studio Division attracts teens and adults who wish to pursue recreational dance instruction in a supportive and encouraging setting.

Kansas City Ballet School is comprised of two divisions.

The Academy

Creative Movement through Pre Ballet take class one day a week and are introduced to music, movement and group interaction. Curriculum is developmentally appropriate and introduces students to the structure of class as well as stretching, coordination exercises, musical forms, improvisation and limited ballet vocabulary.

Beginning with Level 1, girls and boys have a greater focus on classical ballet and the number of classes offered increases with each level. Students are placed in one of seven levels according to age, experience, and ability. They follow a structured sequence of training stages designed to increase their technical skills, stamina, and discipline in accordance with their age and physical development. The program includes classical ballet technique, pointe work, men’s technique, variations, flamenco, jazz, modern, pilates and coaching.

Many classes are taught to live piano accompaniment, a crucial element in developing the child’s understanding of the relationship between music and movement. Inherent in the teaching of ballet are frequent corrections. Students are verbally and/or physically guided by the teacher to ensure proper body alignment and body placement.

The School offers full and partial tuition scholarships to Academy students who demonstrate artistic potential. Students who are in need of financial assistance may apply for financial aid at the start of each academic year.

In addition to regular summer programs, KCBS holds a five-week Summer Intensive that attracts students from around the United States. Students are admitted by invitation only, based on the results of a national audition tour held in January, February and March.

The Studio Division

The Studio Division Classes at KCBS are open to teens and adults who have never had a dance class, as well as those who have had dance training and wish to continue their dance education. The class schedule is flexible and students may take as many classes as their schedule allows.

With locations in downtown Kansas City and Johnson County, the School maintains a faculty of over 30 instructors and professional piano accompanists.