Lower School
(Ages 3-11)

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Registration for the 2016-2017 school year is open and will be accepted on a first-come, first serve basis until classes fill to capacity.

All Bolender Center and Johnson County classes are subject to change. KCBS reserves the right to cancel or change classes based on enrollment.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAM (ages 3-7)
The Children’s Program is designed to progressively introduce young students to the joy of movement and fundamentals of ballet. The focus is on developing and improving motor skills and coordination, attention and listening skills and inspiring creativity in a joyful and positive environment. Click to jump to your area of interest:

Dance with Me (ages 2-3)
Boys on the Move (Boys ages 3-5)
Creative Movement (ages 3-5)
Fundamentals of Dance (ages 5-6)
Pre-Ballet (ages 6-7)

PRIMARY PROGRAM (ages 7-11)
The Primary Program is where formal training begins. When completed in succession, it lays the foundation of our curriculum and the technique of classical ballet. The focus is on developing strong, coordinated, inquisitive students who have the ability to display the essence of ballet through the use of energy in their entire body. Click below to jump to your area of interest:

Boys Level 1 & 2 (ages 6-9)
Level 1 (ages 7-8)
Level 2 (ages 8-9)
Level 3 (ages 9-11)


 

CHILDREN’S PROGRAM

Dance With Me – Ages 2 to 3

Join your student in a fun-filled classroom where you and your student will explore movement, music, and ballet story time. Designed for the 2-3 year old student, this class prepares young dancers for our Creative Movement classes. Class meets once a week for 45 minutes. A parent or guardian must accompany the student during class. Register Now

Schedule

Bolender Center
Wed 10:00 – 10:45 a.m.

TUITION RATES
Class Monthly Payments
Sep – Apr
Semester Payments
Sep and Jan
Dance With Me $75 $300

 

2016-2017 Dance With Me Registration Forms

BOYS ON THE MOVE – BOYS AGES 3 TO 5

This class is designed to embrace the high-energy nature of boys ages 3-5 years.  Students will  jump, hop, leap, gallop, slide, skip, and roll in a structured environment, giving them the necessary skills to use their energy in a creative, constructive and controlled manner.  Classwork is designed to develop strength, coordination, and creative thinking. They will build shapes with their bodies and explore speed, pathways and rhythm.  Exercises that teach how to apply calm and quiet energy are also incorporated. Register Now

DRESS CODE

Boys:

  • Black tights/leggings or shorts
  • White T-shirt
  • No ballet shoes
Bolender Center
Wed 4:00 – 4:45 p.m.
Johnson County Campus
Tue 3:45 – 4:30 p.m.
TUITION RATES
Class Monthly Payments
Sep – Apr
Semester Payments
Sep and Jan
Boys on the Move $75 $300

 

CREATIVE MOVEMENT – AGES 3 TO 5

Creative Movement is specially designed for the preschool student. This course explores both the creative and physical dimensions of each child as they gain awareness of music, rhythm, and movement. Class work is designed to develop strength, coordination, creative thinking, and expression. Through classroom activities, children refine motor skills and develop the creative process through the use of imagery and props. Students will dance barefoot to have better control of movement and body awareness. Classes meet once a week for 45 minutes. Classes are split into 3 year olds and 4 year olds to create an environment best suited for each age group. Please contact the school if you have any questions regarding scheduling. Register Now

DRESS CODE
Girls:

  • Pale pink short-sleeved leotard without embellishments or attached skirt
    • Suggested styles: Body Wrappers BWP020 or Capezio TB132C)
  • Pale pink footless tights
  • No ballet shoes
  • Hair should be pulled back neatly
  • No jewelry please.

Boys:

  • Black tights/leggings
  • White T-shirt
  • No ballet shoes
Bolender Center Campus
CM for 3 yr olds 
Mon 3:00 – 3:45 p.m.
Tue 10:00 – 10:45 a.m.
Wed 3:45 – 4:30 p.m.
Sat 9:45 – 10:30 a.m. Waitlist Only
CM for 4 yr olds
Tue 4:00 – 4:45 p.m. Waitlist Only
Wed 4:30 – 5:15 p.m. Waitlist Only
Thu 11:15 – 12:00 p.m. Waitlist Only
Sat 9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
Sat 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
Johnson County Campus
CM for 3 yr olds
Mon 3:45 – 4:30 p.m.
Wed 12:15 – 1:00 p.m.
Sat 9:45 – 10:30 a.m.
CM for 4 yr olds
Mon 4:30 – 5:15 p.m.
Tue 3:45 – 4:30 p.m.
Sat 9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
TUITION RATES
Class Monthly Payments
Sep – Apr
Semester Payments
Sep and Jan
Creative Movement $75 $300

 

FUNDAMENTALS OF DANCE – AGES 5 TO 6 

Fundamentals of Dance expands on the elements and practices of Creative Movement. Quality of movement, intricacy of patterns and expectations are elevated for the maturing child. Fundamentals of Dance will introduce the child to the structure of a dance class, transitioning them towards Pre-Ballet. While dance elements are further developed, imagery, musicality, creative thinking, spatial awareness and team work continue to be emphasized. Students at this level are eligible to participate in the Lower School Showcase at the end of the year. Classes meet once a week for 45 minutes. Register Now

DRESS CODE
Girls:

  • Pale pink short-sleeved leotard without embellishments or attached skirt
    • Suggested styles: Body Wrappers BWP020 or Capezio TB132C
  • Pale pink footless tights
  • No ballet shoes
  • Hair should be pulled back neatly
  • No jewelry please

Boys:

  • Black tights/leggings
  • White T-shirt
  • No ballet shoes
Bolender Center Campus
FM Mon 3:45 – 4:30 p.m. Waitlist Only
New Class! FM Mon 3:45 – 4:30 p.m.
FM Wed 5:15 – 6:00 p.m. Waitlist Only
FM Thu 4:15 – 5:00 p.m.
FM Sat 9:00 – 9:45 a.m. Waitlist Only
FM Sat 9:45 – 10:30 a.m. Waitlist Only
Johnson County Campus
FM Mon 5:15 – 6:00 p.m.
FM Wed 4:15 – 5:00 p.m.
FM Sat 9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
TUITION RATES
Class Monthly Payments
Sep – Apr
Semester Payments
Sep and Jan
Fundamentals $75 $300

 

PRE-BALLET – AGES 6 TO 7

As students advance from Fundamentals of Dance, new exciting opportunities and standards await them. Pre-Ballet is designed to fully transition the student from creative dance forms to a classical ballet class. Ballet terminology, class structure, introductory steps and barre work will be introduced in this course. Pre-Ballet emphasizes creative expression through movement to music. All students are required to bring a 3 ring binder notebook to class to notate ballet terminology and practice exercises for homework. Ballet shoes are required for this level. They should be snuggly fit with little room to grow. The instructor will approve the fit of the shoes on the first day of class. Students at this level are eligible to participate in the Lower School Showcase at the end of the year. Classes meet once a week for 45 minutes. Register Now

DRESS CODE
Girls:

  • Pale pink short-sleeved leotard without embellishments or attached skirt
    • Suggested styles: Body Wrappers BWP020 or Capezio TB132C
  • Pale pink convertible tights
    • Suggested style: Body Wrappers Total Stretch Mesh Seamed Convertible Tights
  • Pink full sole ballet shoes
  • Ballet notebook
  • Hair pulled back neatly into a bun. A small ribbon around the bun is allowed.
  • No jewelry please

Boys:

  • Black tights/leggings
    • Suggested styles: M Stevens or Body Wrappers
  • White T-shirt
  • White ballet shoes with white socks
  • Ballet notebook
Bolender Center Campus
PB Mon 4:30 – 5:15 p.m. Waitlist Only
PB Tue 4:45 – 5:30 p.m. Waitlist Only
PB Wed 4:30 – 5:15 p.m. Waitlist Only
PB Sat 9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
PB Sat 9:45 – 10:30 a.m. Waitlist Only
Johnson County Campus
PB Thu 4:15 – 5:00 p.m. Waitlist Only
PB Sat 9:45 – 10:30 a.m. Waitlist Only
TUITION RATES
Class Monthly Payments
Sep – Apr
Semester Payments
Sep and Jan
Pre-Ballet $75 $300

 

PRIMARY PROGRAM

BOYS LEVEL 1 & 2 – BOYS AGES 6-9

The Boys Level 1 & 2 class is an introductory ballet class for boys with little to no previous ballet experience.  Dancers will be introduced to elementary ballet steps that will challenge their strength and flexibility, coordination, and musicality. This class will not only provide them with the necessary skills for ballet, but will also enhance their mastery of other genres of dance and sports. All students are required to bring a ballet notebook to class to notate ballet terminology and practice exercises for homework. Students are responsible for information presented in class in addition to practicing independently outside of the classroom. Students at this level are eligible to participate in the Lower School Showcase at the end of the year. Level 1 students also become eligible to audition for Kansas City Ballet’s The Nutcracker.  Acceptance and casting for the production is at the sole discretion of the Artistic Staff of the Kansas City Ballet’s professional company. This class meets once a week for 60 minutes. Register Now

DRESS CODE

Boys:

  • Black tights/leggings
    • Suggested styles: M Stevens or Body Wrappers
  • White T-shirt
  • White ballet shoes with white socks
  • Ballet notebook

SCHEDULE

Bolender Center Campus
Tue 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

TUITION RATES
Class Monthly Payments
Sep – Apr
Semester Payments
Sep and Jan
Level 1 & 2 Boys $75 $300
Level 1 & 2 Boys
(Enrolled in Level 1 or 2 Academy classes)
$25 $100

LEVEL 1 – AGES 7 TO 8

Level 1 is the first level of academic ballet training in Kansas City Ballet School. Upon entering this level students are expected to have a respect for the classroom and learning process. Dancers will be introduced to elementary ballet steps both at the barre and center.  Stretching, coordination, strength building and musicality will be major components in the students dance education. All students are required to bring a ballet notebook to class to notate ballet terminology and practice exercises for homework. Students are responsible for information presented in class in addition to practicing independently outside of the classroom. Students at this level are eligible to participate in the Lower School Showcase at the end of the year. Level 1 students also become eligible to audition for Kansas City Ballet’s The Nutcracker.  Acceptance and casting for the production is at the sole discretion of the Artistic Staff of the Kansas City Ballet’s professional company. This class meets twice a week for 60 minutes. Please select the section that fits your family’s schedule. Register Now

DRESS CODE
Girls:

  • Light blue short-sleeved leotard
    • Suggested styles: Body Wrappers BWP020 or Capezio TB132C
    • Optional: Students may purchase an official KCBS Elevé leotard.
  • Pale pink convertible tights
    • Suggested Style: Body Wrappers Total Stretch Mesh Seamed Convertible Tights
  • Pink full sole ballet shoes
  • Ballet notebook
  • Hair pulled back neatly into a bun. A small ribbon around the bun is allowed.
  • No jewelry please

Boys:

  • Black tights/leggings
    • Suggested styles: M Stevens or Body Wrappers
  • White T-shirt
  • White ballet shoes with white socks
    • For Performances: Black ballet shoes with black socks
  • Ballet notebook
Bolender Center Campus
Level 1 M/W Waitlist Only
Mon 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. &
Wed 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Level 1 T/S
Tue 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. &
Sat 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Level 1 Th/S
Thu 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. &
Sat 11:30 – 12:30 p.m.
Johnson County Campus
Level 1 T/Th Waitlist Only
Tue 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. &
Thu 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Level 1 T/S
Tue 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. &
Sat 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
TUITION RATES
Class Monthly Payments
Sep – Apr
Semester Payments
Sep and Jan
Level 1 $105 $420

LEVEL 2 – AGES 8 TO 9 

Elevated expectations meet your child as they enter Level 2. Steps previously introduced will evolve and incorporate different positions, patterning and coordination. Level 2 students are eligible to participate in the School Performance at the end of the school year. Children will learn a choreographed dance set to music and perform the completed work on stage. All students are required to bring a single subject spiral notebook to class to notate ballet terminology and practice exercises for homework. Level 2 students are also eligible to audition for Kansas City Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Acceptance and casting for the production is at the sole discretion of the Artistic Staff of the Kansas City Ballet’s professional company. Classes for this level meet twice weekly.

DRESS CODE
Girls:

  • Red tank leotard
    • Suggested styles: Body Wrappers BWC115 or Capezio CC201C
    • Optional: Students may purchase an official KCBS Elevé leotard.
  • Pale pink convertible tights
    • Suggested Styles: Body Wrappers Total Stretch Mesh Seamed Convertible Tights
  • Pink full sole ballet shoes
  • Ballet notebook (single subject spiral notebook)
  • Hair pulled back neatly into a bun. A small ribbon around the bun is allowed.
  • No jewelry please.

Boys:

  • Black tights/leggings
    • Suggested styles: M Stevens or Body Wrappers
  • White Body Wrappers short sleeve pullover (B400 or M400) or a comparable style
  • White ballet shoes with thin, white thin nylon socks.
    • Socks are available for purchase at the KCBS Boutique
    • For Performances: Black ballet shoes with black socks
  • Ballet notebook (single subject spiral notebook)

* Bolender Center students should enroll in the section which indicates their age group. A combination of sections is not permitted. Please contact the school if you have any conflicts with your assigned section.

Bolender Center Campus
Level 2M Girls (7 – 10 yrs) Waitlist Only
Mon 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. &
Wed 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Level 2T Girls (10+ yrs) & All Boys
Tue 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. &
Thu 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Johnson County Campus
Level 2 Waitlist Only
Mon 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. &
Fri 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
TUITION RATES
Class Monthly Payments
Sep – Apr
Semester Payments
Sep and Jan
Level 2 $150 $600

LEVEL 3 – AGES 9 TO 11

Level 3 is the final stage in our Lower School. The large amount of material and vocabulary explored in this level, with increased expectations, requires more than one year of study. As a result, students should expect to remain in Level 3 for two consecutive years at minimum. Girls will begin to study pre-pointe work which is a practice designed to prepare them for pointe shoes in Level 4. Jazz is also added to their curriculum. All students will need a green Thera-Band for foot and ankle strengthening and are required to bring a single subject spiral notebook to class to notate ballet terminology and practice exercises for homework. Students at this level are eligible to participate in the Spring Performance at the Kauffman Center at the end of the year. Level 3 students are eligible to audition for Kansas City Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Acceptance and casting for the production is at the sole discretion of the Artistic Staff of the Kansas City Ballet’s professional company. Classes for this level meet three times weekly.

DRESS CODE
Girls:

  • Royal blue tank leotard
    • Suggested styles: Body Wrappers BWC115 or Capezio CC201C
    • Optional: Students may purchase an official KCBS Elevé leotard
  • Pale pink convertible tights
    • Suggested styles: Body Wrappers Total Stretch Mesh Seamed Convertible Tights
  • Pink full sole ballet shoes
  • Bloch pre-pointe shoes
  • Tan slip-on jazz shoes
  • Ballet notebook (single subject spiral notebook)
  • Green Thera-Band
  • Hair pulled back neatly into a bun. A small ribbon around the bun is allowed.
  • No jewelry please.

Boys:

  • Black tights/leggings
    • Suggested styles: M Stevens or Body Wrappers
  • White Body Wrappers short sleeve pullover (B400 or M400) or a comparable style
  • White ballet shoes with thin, white nylon socks
    • Socks are available for purchase at the KCBS Boutique
    • For Performances: Black ballet shoes with black socks
  • Black slip-on jazz shoes
  • Ballet notebook (single subject spiral notebook)
  • Green Thera-Band

Students should select the class which best fits their family’s schedule. Bolender Center Level 3 students cannot mix and match classes from different sections.

Bolender Center Campus
Level 3M Girls
Mon 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Ballet
Mon 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Pre Pointe
Wed 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Ballet
Wed 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Jazz
Thu 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Ballet
Thu 7:30 – 8:00 p.m. Pre Pointe
Level 3T Girls
Tue 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Ballet
Tue 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Jazz
Thu 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Ballet
Thu 7:30 – 8:00 p.m. Pre Pointe
Fri 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Ballet
Fri 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Pre Pointe
Level 3 Boys
Mon 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Ballet
Mon 6:00 – 6:45 p.m. Reformer
Tue 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Boy’s Class (Optional)
Wed 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Ballet
Wed 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Jazz
Thu 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Boy’s Class
Thu 8:00 – 8:30 p.m. Conditioning
Johnson County Campus
Level 3 Waitlist Only
Mon 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Ballet
Mon 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Jazz
Thu 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Ballet
Thu 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Pre Pointe
Fri 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Ballet
Fri 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Pre Pointe
TUITION RATES
Class Monthly Payments
Sep – Apr
Semester Payments
Sep and Jan
Level 3 $200 $800