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Registration for the 2014-2015 school year is now open and will be accepted on a first-come, first serve basis until classes fill to capacity.

Lower School (Ages 3 to 11)
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:

Creative Movement | Fundamentals | Pre-Ballet

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. 

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Level 1 | Level 2 | Level 3 | Boys Class

 


 

 

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CHILDREN'S PROGRAM

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.

DRESS CODE
Girls: Pale pink short-sleeved leotard without embellishments or attached skirt and pale pink footless tights. No ballet shoes. Hair should be pulled back neatly. No jewelry please.
Boys: Black tights/leggings and white T-shirt. No ballet shoes.

Bolender Center Campus
CM Mon 4:30 - 5:15 p.m.
CM Tues 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
CM Wed 4:15 - 5:00 p.m.
CM Thurs 10:00-10:45 a.m.
CM Thurs 4:30 - 5:15 p.m.
CM Sat 9:00 - 9:45 a.m.
CM Sat 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
CM Sat 10:45 - 11:30 a.m.

Johnson County Campus
CM Mon 4:30 - 5:15 p.m.
CM Tues 3:45 - 4:30 p.m.
CM Wed 12:15 - 1:00 p.m.
CM Sat 9:45 - 10:30 a.m.
TUITION RATES
Class Monthly Payments
Sept - Apr
Semester Payments
Sept and January
Creative Movement
$74
$296


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Fundamentals - Ages 5 to 6
The fundamentals class expands on the elements and practices of Creative Movement. Quality of movement, intricacy of patterns and expectations are elevated for the maturing child. Fundamentals 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.

DRESS CODE
Girls: Pale pink short-sleeved leotard without embellishments or attached skirt and pale pink footless tights. No ballet shoes. Hair should be pulled back neatly. No jewelry please.
Boys: Black tights/leggings and white T-shirt. No ballet shoes.

Bolender Center Campus
FM Mon 5:15 - 6:00 p.m.
FM Wed 5:00 - 5:45 p.m.
FM Thur 5:15 - 6:00 p.m.
FM Sat 9:00 - 9:45 a.m.
FM Sat 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.

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
Sept - Apr
Semester Payments
Sept and January
Fundamentals
$74
$296

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Pre-Ballet - Ages 6 to 7
As students graduate from Fundamentals, 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.

DRESS CODE
Girls: Pale pink short-sleeved leotard without embellishments or attached skirt, pale pink convertible tights, pink ballet shoes and hair pulled back neatly into a bun. A small ribbon around the bun is allowed. No jewelry please. Ballet notebook.
Boys: Black tights/leggings, white T-shirt and white ballet shoes with white socks. Ballet notebook.

Bolender Center Campus
PB Mon 4:15 - 5:00 p.m.
PB Tues 4:15 - 5:00 p.m.
PB Wed 5:45 - 6:30 p.m.
PB Sat 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
PB Sat 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.

Johnson County Campus
PB Thurs 4:15 - 5:00 p.m.
PB Sat 9:00 - 9:45 a.m.
PB Sat 9:45 - 10:30 a.m.
TUITION RATES
Class Monthly Payments
Sept - Apr
Semester Payments
Sept and January
Pre-Ballet
$74
$296

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PRIMARY PROGRAM

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 3 ring binder 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.

DRESS CODE
Girls: Light blue short-sleeved leotard, pale pink convertible tights, pink ballet shoes and hair pulled back neatly into a bun. A small ribbon around the bun is allowed. No jewelry please. Ballet notebook.
Boys: Black tights/leggings, white T-shirt and white ballet shoes with white socks. Ballet notebook.

Bolender Center Campus
Level 1 Mon 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Level 1 Tues 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Level 1 Wed 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Level 1 Sat 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Johnson County Campus
Level 1 Thurs 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Level 1 Sat 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
TUITION RATES
Class Monthly Payments
Sept - Apr
Semester Payments
Sept and January
Level 1
$79
$316

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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 3 ring binder 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 2 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 twice weekly.

DRESS CODE
Girls: Red tank leotard, pale pink convertible tights, pink ballet shoes and hair pulled back neatly into a bun. A small ribbon around the bun is allowed. No jewelry please. Ballet notebook.
Boys: Black tights/leggings, white T-shirt and white ballet shoes with white socks. Ballet notebook.

Bolender Center Campus
Level 2M Mon 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Level 2M Thurs 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

OR

Level 2T Tues 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Level 2T Thur 6:30-8:00 p.m.

*Students must enroll in either the 2M or 2T class. A combination of the two is not permitted.

Johnson County Campus
Level 2 Mon 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Level 2 Fri 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

TUITION RATES
Class Monthly Payments
Sept - Apr
Semester Payments
Sept and January
Level 2
$141
$564

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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 3 ring binder 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, pale pink convertible tights, pink ballet shoes, tan slip-on jazz shoes and hair pulled back neatly into a bun. A small ribbon around the bun is allowed. No jewelry please. Ballet notebook. Green Thera-Band.
Boys: Black tights/leggings, white T-shirt and white ballet shoes with white socks and black slip-on jazz shoes. Ballet notebook. Green Thera-Band.

Bolender Center Campus
Level 3M Mon 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
(pre pointe) 7:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Level 3M Tues 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Level 3M Thurs 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
(jazz) 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

OR

Level 3T Tues 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Level 3T Thurs 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
(jazz) 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Level 3T Fri 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
(pre-pointe) 6:00 - 6:30 p.m.

*Students must enroll in either the 3M or 3T class. A combination of the two is not permitted.

Johnson County Campus
Level 3 Mon 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
(jazz) 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Level 3 Thurs 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Level 3 Fri 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
(pre pointe) 6:00 - 6:30 p.m.

TUITION RATES
Class Monthly Payments
Sept - Apr
Semester Payments
Sept and January
Level 3
$189
$756

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Boys Classes (Levels 2 and 3)
Boys Class (Levels 2 and 3) is designed to prepare young men for the strength and stamina required of the male dancer.

DRESS CODE
Boys: Black tights/leggings, white T-shirt and white ballet shoes with white socks.

Bolender Center Campus
Boys Wed 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Johnson County Campus
Boys Wed 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

TUITION RATES
There is no additional cost for taking the Boys/Men's Class.

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