Summer Intensive

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June 19 – July 21, 2017

Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity
500 W Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO

2017 Summer Intensive Program is currently full. Accepted students who wish to be added to the waiting list may contact Natalie Sextro at 

Every teacher truly wanted to help me improve. They analyzed my dancing, encouraged me, and also corrected me. The whole environment at KCB was so positive.

– 2016 Summer Intensive Student

I’ve never been to a more beautiful studio filled with so many wonderful people passing on their wisdom.

– 2016 Summer Intensive Student

The Kansas City Ballet School Summer Intensive offers a curriculum focused on classical ballet with exposure to a variety of dance disciplines. Our world-class instructors will help prepare students for the demands of a professional career. We educate not just the dancer, but the whole person – through the art of dance.

Please select your area of interest below:

Activities for Dorm Students

Scholarships and Financial Aid
Important Dates

Employment Opportunities


Admission to Kansas City Ballet School Summer Intensive is by audition only. The five-week program is for students 11-22 years of age (females who have had a minimum of one school year of pointe work). Audition Information

Our National Audition Tour will visit over 20 cities in January and February 2017. Pre-registration is recommended but not required. Audition Tour


Students attend classes Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity. Students will showcase their progress in a demonstration on Friday, July 21, 2017 in the Michael and Ginger Frost Studio Theater.

Classes for 2017 may include:
  • Ballet Technique
  • Pointe
  • Repertory
  • Variations
  • Men’s Class
  • Pas de Deux
  • Character
  • Flamenco
  • Modern
  • Jazz
  • Contemporary
  • Hip Hop
  • Improv
  • Conditioning
  • Pilates
  • Yoga
  • Injury Prevention
  • Nutrition
Time Sample Day for Ladies Sample Day for Gentlemen
9:00 – 10:45
11:00 – 12:00
12:00 – 1:00
1:00 – 2:00
2:00 – 3:30
3:45 – 5:00
Ballet Technique
Men’s Technique
Circuit Training
Pas de Deux

Throughout the program gentlemen will have classes on their own and in combination with the ladies. All students will learn repertory that will be shown on the final day of the intensive.


Artistic staff and school faculty of Kansas City Ballet combine to create one of the best summer intensive offerings in the country. Our world-class guest instructors bring additional expertise that is unmatched. Visit our Faculty page to learn more.


Tuition        $2,400

Housing      $2,500

Activities     $350

A non-refundable $300 deposit is required to reserve a place in the program. A $300 deposit is required to hold a place in the dormitory. These deposits are applied toward the total tuition/housing costs.
The balance of fees is due by May 22, 2017.


There are multiple housing options for out-of-town students. Previous Summer Intensive dancers have stayed with family or friends in KC, subletted apartments nearby, or resided at the Kansas City Art Institute as a Dorm Student.

Attending students who are interested in subletting or who are looking for a roommate, please contact

Dorm Life

Accommodations are available for students ages 12-20 on the lovely campus of the Kansas City Art Institute near the Country Club Plaza. KCBS occupies three floors of the Living Center during the intensive.

  • Supervision: Resident Staff (Dorm Director and Resident Assistants) oversee students with a staff to student ratio of 1:18
  • Transportation: students travel to and from classes and group activities by school bus
  • Dining: housing fee includes 19 meals per week; breakfasts and dinners take place in the Dining Hall (main floor of Living Center) and weekday lunches are made ahead of time and brought to the ballet each day
  • Dorm-type: room set-ups include doubles and a few triples with community-style restrooms
  • Nearby: students are able to check out in groups to explore campus, the nearby art museums, or walk to the Country Club Plaza (10 minutes)

The shared living environment requires students to be independent, considerate and responsible. Students are responsible for doing laundry and keeping their rooms and community spaces clean. As part of a larger group, they must act with the community in mind and adhere to all policies set forth for the safety and wellbeing of everyone.


Students staying in the dorm enjoy numerous activities throughout their time in Kansas City. Group events typically take place on weekends and in past years have included a Kansas City Royals baseball game, Starlight Theatre show, Sporting KC soccer match, Worlds of Fun Amusement Park, shopping at the Legends Outlets and more.

Group events are required for all dorm students and are covered by the $350 activity fee. The fee includes all tickets, transportation and some meals.

Optional activities are also provided by the Resident Staff during the program such as a scavenger hunt, movie nights, and a chat with college dancers.


Merit scholarships are awarded based on the audition and students receiving them will be notified in their acceptance letter. Merit scholarships must be accepted by the date listed in their acceptance letter.

KCBS offers a limited amount of need-based financial aid for the Summer Intensive. Please do not submit an application until you have received acceptance to the Kansas City Ballet Summer Intensive.


Admitted students must secure their spot in the program based on the following schedule:

If you auditioned on this date: Your registration and deposits must be received by this date:
January 6, 7, 8  February 8
January 14, 15 February 15
January 20, 21, 22 February 22
January 28, 29 March 1
February 5 March 8
February 12 March 15
February 19, 25 March 22

Admitted students who auditioned by video will be notified in their acceptance email of their deadlines for submitting registration and deposits.

The program will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Important Dates

Thursday, December 1, 2016 – Audition Tour Pre-Registration opens
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 – Video Auditions due
Monday, May 22, 2017 – Balance of Fees due
Sunday, June 18, 2017 – Move-In Day

  • Arrival and Check-in for Dorm Students at KCAI
  • Dorm Student/Parent Orientation at KCAI
  • Optional Bolender Center Open House for Dorm and Day Students and families

Monday, June 19, 2017 – First Day of Classes

  • Student Orientation at Bolender Center
  • Placement Classes for Students

Friday, July 21, 2017 – Final Day of Classes

  • Studio Demonstrations at Bolender Center
  • Checkout for Dorm Students at KCAI by 5:00 pm

More detailed information will be provided to students once their registration is complete.


We are no longer accepting applications for Resident Assistant positions. Thank you for your interest and please check back with us next year.

Please note we ask that our RAs be at least 21 years of age.

For more information about Kansas City Ballet’s Summer Intensive, contact Kansas City Ballet School at 816.931.2299 or