The Kansas City Youth Ballet (KCYB) is the performing ensemble of the KCBS.
The focus of the KCYB is on excellence in training and developing a professional performance atmosphere for the dancers. The goal is to promote the art of ballet through education and performance for the dancers and the community. KCYB is made up of 18 dancers ranging in age from 15-18, who study under Director Kimberly Cowen, Ballet Master Hyuk-Ku Kwon and the faculty of the Kansas City Ballet School. The company presents two major performances each season and educational outreach demonstrations throughout the community, showcasing many original works by local and national choreographers, as well as new emerging artists.
Auditions for the company are usually held in May and students enrolled or enrolling in Kansas City Ballet School Level 6 or higher (Men – Level 5 or higher) are eligible to audition. There is an annual fee to participate with the KCYB in addition to School class fees.