Junior Summer Intensive

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June 5 – 30, 2017

Johnson County Campus
5359 W 94th Ter, Prairie Village, KS

The Kansas City Ballet School’s Junior Summer Intensive is specifically designed with the young dancer in mind. This four-week program offers students a rigorous and comprehensive study of ballet technique and exposure to a broad variety of dance styles.  All curriculum in this program is presented in a nurturing and positive environment at Kansas City Ballet School’s Johnson County Campus. Students will experience a truly unique program working with members of the Kansas City Ballet’s artistic staff, nationally acclaimed guest teachers and school faculty.

Please select your area of interest below:

Audition Information
What to Bring to the Audition
Video Audition
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Important Dates

Audition Information

Admission to the Kansas City Ballet School Junior Summer Intensive is by audition only. The four-week program is for students ages 9-13 (females who are pre-pointe or beginning pointe students). Audition will be approximately 90 minutes and will consist of barre and center, with pointe work for beginning pointe students. Audition results will be emailed within two weeks of audition.

The Junior Intensive Audition will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017. Registration will begin 30 minutes prior to the audition class. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. All students, pre-registered or otherwise, will turn in their completed audition form and photos during the registration period.

Students unable to attend the audition may request an in-class audition by appointment. Availability is limited and subject to Academy class schedule. Please contact School Administrator Natalie Sextro (nsextro@kcballet.org) for details.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Todd Bolender Center

500 W Pershing Rd
Kansas City, MO 64108

Registration Audition
1:00 – 1:30 1:30 – 3:00
 What to bring to the audition
  • Completed Audition Form
  • Audition fee of $30 (cash or check) unless pre-paid online
  • Two 4×6 photos: headshot (females with hair up) and first arabesque

Female students should wear a simple, solid color leotard, pink tights and pink ballet shoes (if applicable, bring pointe shoes). Male students should wear a fitted white shirt, black tights and white or black ballet shoes. KCBS students should wear their Academy uniform.


Out-of-town students unable to attend the audition may submit a video by mail or email by February 25, 2017. Video audition fee is $35. Beginning January 6, audition results will be emailed within two weeks of the video being received.

Video requirements

  • Barre work (one side only)
    • Pliés
    • Tendus
    • Degagé
    • Rond de jambe
    • Fondu
    • Grand battement
  • Center work
    • Adagio
    • Pirouette combination
    • Petit allegro
    • Grand allegro
  • Gentlemen, please add:
    • Tour en l’air
    • Tours a la seconde
    • Entrechat
    • Big jumps
  • Beginner pointe students, please complete center work on flat. Please add combination on pointe at barre with sous sus and échappé.

Female students should wear a simple, solid color leotard, pink tights and pink ballet shoes. Male students should wear a fitted white shirt, black tights and white or black ballet shoes.


Please include:

  1. Completed Video Audition Form (will be made available December 1, 2016)
  2. DVD
  3. Two 4×6 photos: headshot (females with hair up) and first arabesque
  4. $35 Video Audition Fee (if not paid online)

Pay Video Audition Fee
Fee must be received before video will be reviewed.

Ensure your package includes all of the above and mail it to:

Kansas City Ballet School
Junior Summer Intensive 2017
500 W Pershing Rd
Kansas City, MO 64108


Please include:

  1. Completed Video Audition Form (will be made available December 1, 2016), attached to email
  2. Link to online video and password if protected.
  3. Two 4×6 photos: headshot (females with hair up) and first arabesque (females on pointe), attached to email

Pay Video Audition Fee
Fee must be received before video will be reviewed.

Ensure your email includes all of the above and send it to:

School Administrator Natalie Sextro (nsextro@kcballet.org) with subject line “Video Audition – First Name Last Name”


Students attend class Monday through Friday from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM (June 5-30). Students will showcase their progress in an informal demonstration on Friday, June 30 in the Michael and Ginger Frost Studio Theater at the Bolender Center. A reception will follow the demonstration.

Classes for 2017 may include:

  • Ballet Technique
  • Repertory
  • Character
  • Flamenco
  • Modern
  • Jazz
  • Musical Theatre
  • Yoga
  • Conditioning
  • Stage Acting
  • Music
  • Dance History

KCBS reserves the right to revise the curriculum as necessary.


Grace Holmes, School Director
Marcus OatisLower School Principal
Kimberly Cowen, Upper School Principal & KCYB Director
KCBS Faculty


Mrs. Lopez’ career began at home in Venezuela and continued through the San Francisco Ballet, the Cleveland Ballet and as soloist with the Deutsche Opera Berlin and the Deutsche Opera am Rhein in Dusseldorf, then in 1987 she became the Prima Ballerina with the Miami City Ballet where she remained for eighteen successful years. As a guest principal dancer she has performed for different Ballet companies internationally as well as the most important Dance Festivals and Galas of Stars in the World.

She performed all of the leading roles in the classical repertoire as well as in the works by Balanchine, Bejart, Hans Van Manen, McMillan, Petit, Nebrada and Kylian, among others. During her years with the Miami City Ballet, Mrs. Lopez performed all the leading roles in Theme and Variations, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Bugaku, Agon, the Four Temeperaments, Bugaku, Allegro Brillante, Serenade, Scotch Symphony, La Source, the Prodigal Son, Raymonda Variations, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, Concerto Barroco, Emeralds, Rubies and Diamonds, and many others, she also originated many of the principal roles of the company repertoire such as Carmen, Prokofiev Piano Concerto, La Casa de Bernarda Alba, D Symphony, Aria, Purple Bend, Concerto for la Donna and Tobiniana.

She received much deserved National and International recognition from respected critics, being featured on the cover of many important Dance magazines including, Dance Magazine (1997), Pointe Magazine (2000) and Dancer Magazine (2004). Her dedication and passion for her career earned her special awards such as the Orden Arturo Michelena in Venezuela, the Key of the City of Baton Rouge in Louisiana where she was declared “Honorable Mayor”, the Proclamation of Miami-Dade County by Mayor Alex Penelas, the Proclamation of the City of Hialeah by Mayor Raul Martinez, who declared “March 12th” the Iliana Lopez Day, a special award for her contribution to the Arts in Naples, Florida and a special award from the Jackie Gleason Theatre for her outstanding contribution to the Arts in the city of Miami Beach.

Recently she was selected by the National Museum of Dance in the United States to put her pointe shoes in their permanent exhibition. She performed for former Presidents Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton and Ex-First Lady Hillary Clinton being invited afterwards to the White House, the Ex-Prime Minister of Israel Isaac Shamir, and Princess Caroline of Monaco.

Since her retirement in 2004, Mrs. Lopez has worked as Ballet Mistress and répétiteur for the Miami City Ballet, Ballet Gamonet, Ballet de Monterrey in Mexico, Ballet de Santiago in Chile, Ballet de la Opera de Bordeaux in France and as guest touring Ballet Mistress with Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo. Since 2012, Mrs. Lopez serves as Artistic Director at Gulfshore Ballet in Fort Myers, Florida.


Michele grew up in Dallas, Texas. She began her training with Ann Etgen and Bill Atkinson at the Dallas Metropolitan Ballet. At the age of sixteen she moved to New York City to attend the School of American Ballet on full scholarship. Two years later, she became a member of the New York City Ballet. In her twelve year career at New York City Ballet, Michele had the opportunity to perform many soloist and principal roles including :Balanchine’s “Apollo”,” Rubies”, “Agon”, “Symphony in Three Movements”, ”A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “ Stars and Stripes” to name a few. Michele also originated many roles including Jerome Robbins’ “ West Side Story Suite”, Peter Martins’” Echo”, Christopher Wheeldons’” Slavonic Dances”, and David Parsons’ Touch”. In 2000, Michele joined Texas Ballet Theater under Ben Stevenson. While at TBT, she  performed several principal roles including Ben Stevenson’s “Copellia”, “Four Last Songs”,” Dracula”, and “Peer Gynt” along with Balanchine’s “Allegro Brilliante” and “The Four Temperaments”. Michele has also made several guest artist appearances including “Tchaikovsky pas de Deux”, “Who Cares”, “Barber Violin Concerto”, ”Carmina Burana”, and most recently with the Bruce Wood Dance Company, Ballet Concerto, Mejia Ballet International, and American Repertory Ensemble and continues to perform as a Principal guest artist. Along with performing she is a Balanchine Repetiteur and has the opportunity to stage and coach several ballets including Who Cares?, Walpurgisnaught, Serenade, and Valse Fantasie to name a few. Since 1999, Michele has been a certified GYROTONIC instructor and owns her own studio, Studio G, in Fort Worth, TX. Michele has two children, Ryan and Morgan.


Tuition       $1,300

A non-refundable $150 deposit is required to reserve a place in the program. This deposit is applied toward the total tuition cost.

The balance of tuition is due by May 5, 2017.


Dormitory housing is not provided for Junior Intensive students.

Below is a list of hotels located near the Johnson County Campus for out-of-town students:

Extended Stay America
5401 W 110th St
Overland Park, KS 66211
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
10920 Nall Ave
Overland Park, KS 66211
Embassy Suites
10601 Metcalf Ave
Overland Park, KS 66212
Hyatt Place
5001 W 110th St
Overland Park, KS 66211

Scholarships and Financial Aid

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 March 22, 2017.

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

Financial Aid Application



Admitted students must secure their spot in the program by March 22, 2017.
Spaces are limited.

February 25, 2017 – Video Auditions Due
March 22, 2017 – Registration and Deposit due
March 22, 2017 – Merit Scholarship Acceptance due
May 5, 2017 – Tuition Balance Due

Important Dates

Monday, June 5, 2017
First day of class at Johnson County Campus

Friday, June 30, 2017
Final day of class and demonstration at Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity, 500 W. Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO

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

For more information about Kansas City Ballet’s Junior Summer Intensive, contact Kansas City Ballet School at 816-931-2299 or school@kcballet.org.