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Kansas City Ballet School (KCBS) is the official school of Kansas City Ballet

It is committed to providing the highest quality dance instruction to our students. Currently, the Academy has more than 500 students, making it one of the largest ballet schools in the region.

All classes are taught by KCBS’ acclaimed faculty in our state-of-the-art studios. We are pleased to offer live piano accompaniment in many of our classes.

The Academy offers two programs in the Lower School. The Children’s Program, for ages 3-7, introduces children to ballet and movement while focusing on creativity and group interaction. The Primary Program, for ages 7-11, lays the foundation of classical ballet training.

The Upper School consists of two programs, the Intermediate Program and the Advanced Program, which provide the young student the greatest potential for securing technical strengths, musical sensitivity and artistic awareness. The varied curriculum and progression of levels allows for the development of a strong, versatile dancer.

The Daytime Program is an extension of our Upper School Program and is available for students placed in levels 4-8. This program offers students, who are motivated and passionate for dance, an opportunity to study intensively during the day, immersing themselves into their artistic education. Students will attend 20-25 hours of training each week including classes in all dance forms that are offered in the Academy.

Each level has a codified syllabus designed to facilitate the maximum physical, mental and emotional development appropriate to the age and physical ability of each student. Once a student enters Level 1, the official training of ballet technique starts. While the benefits of this training are all inclusive, the Academy’s focus is to provide what is necessary for a professional career in dance.

The KCBS Academy mission is to provide excellence in dance training to a diverse body of students. Our comprehensive approach is based on the traditions of classical ballet and prepares students for the widest spectrum of opportunities within the artistic community and professional dance world. Students develop skills associated with academic success including self-discipline, self-confidence and the ability to concentrate and collaborate. Our students recognize the importance of process and quality of work at the same time setting high standards for themselves in all areas.

Performance Opportunities

All KCBS students have an end-of-the-year performance opportunity in May. Creative Movement students will have an in-studio demonstration during their regular scheduled class time. Students in Fundamentals through Level 1 participate in an end of year showcase at the Bolender Center. Students in Level 2 through 7 participate in an annual spring performance at the Kauffman Center. This performance is ticketed and open to the public, and all students are encouraged to attend.

Academy students are eligible to audition for Kansas City Ballet productions where roles and ages vary. Casting of students into KCB Company productions is at the sole discretion of the KCB Artistic Staff and not a guarantee.

KCB Season Ticket Offer for Students

Each student enrolled in KCBS Academy Division receives one complimentary season subscription to all three Kansas City Ballet repertory performances with the purchase of an adult season subscription. With your subscription purchase, your student will attend for free and you may add half-price subscriptions for your other children under age 21. As season ticket holders you also receive up to 20% discounts on tickets to The Nutcracker and New Moves and have the opportunity to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the public.