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Summer Intensive


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

June 16 – July 18, 2014


2014 National Audition Tour
Click here for a full audition tour listing.
Audition fee: $25 cash, check or money order
Please print and complete the 2014 Summer Intensive Audition Form and bring to the audition.


Audition Requirements
Please provide two photos: a 4X6 headshot (females with hair up) and 4X6 first arabesque shot (females on pointe).  For females, photos should be taken in black leotard, pink tights, and hair in a ballet bun.  For males, photos should be taken in white shirt and black tights.


DVD Audition
If unable to attend an audition or if the audition tour has passed, one may submit a DVD postmarked by February 21, 2014. DVD Audtion fee, $25.

Print and complete the 2014 Summer Intensive DVD Audition Form.

Mail To:
Kansas City Ballet School
Summer Intensive 2014
500 W. Pershing Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64108

Click here for DVD audition requirements.


The Kansas City Ballet School’s Summer Intensive runs from June 16- July 18, 2014.  The five-week program offers classes for students 11-21 years of age (females who have had a minimum of one year of pointe work). 

Students attend class Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Our highly-concentrated curriculum includes Ballet Technique, Pointe, Repertoire, Variations, Men’s Technique, Flamenco, Modern, Jazz, and Pas de Deux (taught for the highest level).

Classes in Yoga, Pilates, Injury Prevention, and Nutrition are also included in this program.

Students will showcase their progress in a studio demonstration on Friday, July 18, 2014 (Time TBA). 

Kansas City Ballet School reserves the right to place students in the appropriate level and to revise the curriculum and placement, as necessary. 

All program attendees will be considered for KCB II positions.



  • Tuition- $2,100
  • Housing- $2,415
  • Activities- $350

A non-refundable $300 deposit is required to reserve a place in the Intensive Program. A $300 deposit is required to hold a place in the dormitory.  

These deposits are applied toward the total tuition/housing costs.


Supervised room and board accommodations are available on the lovely campus of the Kansas City Art Institute (4415 Warwick Blvd. KC, MO 64111) near the Country Club Plaza. 

Chaperones provide close supervision.  Transportation is provided to and from classes as well as to scheduled activities. 

A $300 residence hall deposit is required to reserve housing accommodations.  This deposit is applied towards the total housing cost. 


The dormitory students attend activities on evenings and weekends that in the past have included a Kansas City Royals baseball game, Sporting KC soccer match, Worlds of Fun Amusement Park, Starlight Theater productions as well Shakespeare in the Park, the Kemper and Nelson Atkins Museums, and shopping at the Legends.
The Activity fee of $350 is required by all students in residence housing.

Non-dormitory students are welcome to join all activities by paying the required $350 activity fee. 


Students who are awarded merit scholarships will be notified in their acceptance letter. Deadline for acceptance of merit scholarship is March 18, 2014.


Financial Aid
The school offers a limited amount of financial aid for the Summer Intensive. Awards are based on need. Students awarded financial aid will be notified by March 27, 2014.

Deadline for application is March 17, 2014.

Download the 2014 Financial Aid Policies

Download the 2014 Financial Aid Application


February 21, 2014 - DVD Auditions with audition fee due
March 17, 2014 - Financial Aid Application due
March 18, 2014 - Merit Scholarship Acceptance due
March 28, 2014 - Registration Forms & Deposit(s) for Tuition ($300) and Housing ($300) due
April 30, 2014 - Balance of Tuition, Housing and Activity Fees due.

Payments received after April 30 deadline are subject to a $150 late fee.


Arrival and Departure
Sunday, June 15, 2014

  • Arrival & Check-In for Dormitory Students after 12:00 noon
  • Dormitory Student/Parent Orientation at KCAI

Monday, June 16, 2014

  • First day of classes
  • Student Orientation at Bolender Center at 9:00am
  • Classes begin at 9:00am

Friday, July 18, 2014

  • Final Day of Classes
  • Studio Demonstrations, times TBA
  • Checkout at KCAI for domitory students by 5:00pm



Devon Carney, Artistic Director

Kimberly Cowen, Interim School Director

James Jordan, Ballet Master


Simon Ball
Simon Ball joined Houston Ballet as a principal dancer in July 2003. He studied with School of American Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, The Conservatory of Point Park College, and The School of Classical Ballet (American Ballet Theatre's training program). Before becoming a professional, he also performed as a guest artist with many companies in the United States and abroad.

Mr. Ball began his professional career in 1995 as a member of the corps de ballet at Boston Ballet. He was promoted to soloist in 1996, then to principal in 1999, where he remained until 2003. Mr. Ball has performed leading roles in many important works including: Prince in The Sleeping Beauty; the slave in Le Corsaire (staged by Anna Marie Holmes and Natalia Dudinskaya); Oberon in Bruce Wells’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream; the prince in Cinderella (staged by Michael Corder), and Mr. Corder’s Danses Concertant; Albrecht in Giselle (staged by Maina Gielgud); Romeo in Rudi van Dantzig’s Romeo and Juliet; Basilio in Don Quixote; Siegfried in Swan Lake; Colas in Sir Frederick Ashton’s La Fille mal gardée; Vershinin in Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Winter Dreams; the title role in John Cranko’s Onegin; Pinkerton in Stanton Welch’s Madame Butterfly; the Bugle Boy in Paul Taylor’s Company B; William Forsythe’s In the middle, somewhat elevated; Nacho Duato’s Jardi Tancat and Without Words; Twyla Tharp’s Waterbaby Bagatelles; Mark Morris’ Maelstrom; and Christopher Wheeldon’s Corybantic Ecstasies, The Four Seasons, and Ivan in Mr. Wheeldon’s staging of The Firebird. Mr. Ball has also performed ballets by George Balanchine including Divertimento No. 15, the Waltz in Serenade, Symphony in C, Theme and Variations, Ballo della Regina, Apollo, La Valse, Prodigal Son, Monumentum Pro Gesualdo, and Movements. Since joining Houston Ballet Mr. Ball has also been featured in Mr. Welch's A Dance in the Garden of Mirth, Tales of Texas, Nosotros, and Divergence.

Mr. Ball also received a number of prestigious awards including the Margarite Amelita Hoffman scholarship at the international ballet competition in Jackson, Mississippi (1990); the gold medal at the First International Ballet Competition in memory of Rudolf Nureyev (1994) in Budapest, Hungary; and the gold medal at the international ballet competition in Jackson, Mississippi (1994). He was invited to perform at the Benois de la Danse in Berlin, Germany (1999). Learn more


Frances Perez-Ball
Frances Perez-Ball trained at Julian E. Blanco School of Performing Arts in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Hartford Ballet School, Eglevsky Ballet, and Point Park College. Frances began her career with Ballet Teatro Municipal de San Juan . As a principal dancer with Ballet Municipal, she toured the United States and Latin America performing various roles in full-length ballets such as Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Swanhilda in Coppelia, and Kitri in Don Quixote.

Frances joined Boston Ballet in 1995. Her performances with Boston Ballet include featured roles in The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Cinderella, Giselle, Dracula, Onegin, Abdallah, Anna-Marie Holmes' staging of La Bayadère, Laszlo Berdo's Below Down Under, Christopher Wheeldon's Corybantic Ecstasies and The Four Seasons, Balanchine's Serenade, Theme and Variations, Ballo de la Regina, Symphony in C, Movements Pro Gesualto, and The Four Temperaments, Daniel Pelzig's 1998 World Premiere set to music by George Gershwin, Nine Lives: Songs of Lyle Lovett, and Bachianas, Nacho Duato's Without Words and Jardi Tancat, Lila York’s Ode to Joy and Celts, William Forsyth’s In the Middle Somewhat Elevated, Paul Taylor's Company B, Stanton Welch’s Madame Butterfly, as well as Ben Stevenson's Dracula and Cleopatra.

In 2003 Frances was invited to join Houston Ballet under the direction of Stanton Welch. There she performed works by Mr. Welch including Divergence and In the Garden of Myrth, Serge Lafar’s Suite en Blanc, Trey MacIntyre’s Touched, and Balanchine’s La Valse among others.

Frances was the recipient of the 1999 Copa International Capezio Award for her outstanding work in ballet. She has also been on the teaching staff of Boston Ballet School, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School, The Hope Stone, and the Saratoga Summer Dance Intensive.


Sarah Lane
Born in San Francisco, California, Sarah Lane began her dance training in Memphis, Tennessee under the direction of Pat Gillespie at the Memphis Classical Ballet. When her family moved to Rochester, New York, she continued instruction with Timothy Draper and Jamey Leverett at the Draper Center for Dance Education.

When Lane was 16, she received a full scholarship to the Boston Ballet's Summer Program. In 2000 and 2001, she was awarded first place and the Capezio Class Excellence Award at the North American Ballet Festival. Lane was the Silver Medalist, the highest medal in the Junior Division, at the Jackson International Ballet Competition (2002). During the competition, she traveled to Washington, D. C. to perform at the Kennedy Center as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. That same year, Lane also won the Bronze Medal at the Youth America Grand Prix Competition.

Lane joined American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in August 2003, became a member of the Company's corps de ballet in April 2004 and was appointed a Soloist in August 2007. Her roles with the Company include a Shade in La Bayadère, Galya in The Bright Stream, Blossom in Cinderella, Gulnare in Le Corsaire, Amour and a flower girl in Don Quixote, Anne in Christopher Wheeldon's VIII, the Flames of Paris pas de deux, the peasant pas de deux in Giselle, the Two of Diamonds in Jeu de Cartes, Vera in A Month in the Country, Clara in Alexei Ratmansky's The Nutcracker, Olga in Onegin, the Youngest Sister in Pillar of Fire, one of Juliet's friends in Romeo and Juliet, Celestial in Shadowplay, Princess Aurora, Princess Florine, the Fairy of Charity and the Fairy of Joy in The Sleeping Beauty, the pas de deux from Stars and Stripes, the pas de trois, Polish Princess and a Little Swan in Swan Lake, a Goat in Sylvia, a leading role in Theme and Variations and roles in Birthday Offering, The Brahms-Haydn Variations, Chamber Symphony, Désir, Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes, Glow-Stop, In the Upper Room, Kaleidoscope, The Leaves Are Fading, Seven Sonatas, Sinatra Suite and Symphony in C. She created the Chinese Dance in Alexei Ratmansky's The Nutcracker and a role in Demis Volpi's Private Light.

Lane was a recipient of the Princess Grace Award in 2007 and Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Arts in 2008. She was the dancing double for Natalie Portman in Fox Searchlight Pictures' feature film Black Swan.


Anna-Marie Holmes
Anna-Marie Holmes has appeared as a ballerina and has taught in more than 30 countries on five continents. Born in Canada, she traveled with Heino Heiden, Lydia Karpova and Wayne Shaw; in London with Audrey de Vos and Errol Addison and, in addition, received her Grade 10 Certificate from the Royal Conservatory of Music in piano.

In New York she continued her ballet studies with Felia Dubrovska and trained in Leningrad with Natalia Dudinskaya, Alexander Pushkin and Alla Shelest of the Kirov Ballet. Homes was the first North American invited to perform with the Kirov Ballet in Russia. She also has appeared with the London Festival Ballet, Royal Scottish Ballet, Berlin Staats Oper, Het Nationale Ballet of Holland, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Chicago International Ballet, Ruth Page Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet and others. In addition, choreographers such as Brian MacDonald, Agnes de Mile, Ruth Page, Juan Corelli and Peter Darrell created many works for her.

Holmes founded the International Academy of Dance Costa do Sol in Portugal and served as its co-artistic director. In addition, Holmes staged The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Paquita and other major classics when she served as co-artistic director of the Tennessee Festival Ballet. Known for her interpretations of the Russian classics, Holmes has produced or set these great works in Lisbon, Oslo, Helsinki, Antwerp, Naples, Florence, New York and Tokyo. Holmes staged The Sleeping Beauty for Florence’s Maggio Musicale and Swan Lake for Den Norske Oper Ballet. She has taught and restaged many of the classics in America for such companies as Dance Theater of Harlem and American Ballet Theatre. Her staging of Le Corsaire appeared on PBS’s Great Performances, for which it won an Emmy Award.

Holmes joined Boston Ballet in 1985 and in 1997 was named Artistic Director of the company as well as Dean of Faculty for the Boston Ballet Center for Dance Education. During her tenure with Boston Ballet, Holmes created new stagings of many ballets, including Giselle, Don Quixote, La Bayadère, Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty. Holmes was Artistic Director of the School of the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi in 1990 and 1994 and, in 1997, she received the Dance Magazine Award for extraordinary and lasting contributions to the art form. She staged La Bayadère for The Royal Ballet of Flanders and Raymonda for both the National Ballet of Finland and American Ballet Theatre, in addition to teaching at The Royal Ballet in London, Ballet du Capitole in Toulouse and the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen. Holmes became the first recipient of the North Carolina School of the Arts Rudolf Nureyev Endowed Distinguished Professorship in Ballet. Since 2005, she coached Swan Lake at the Den Norske Oper Ballet and Giselle at the Royal Ballet of Flanders, as well as teaching at the Den Norske Oper Ballet, Ballet du Capitole in Toulouse, mounting Laurencia pas d’action for the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago and Le Corsaire and Raymonda for American Ballet Theatre. She has taught at The Royal Ballet and the English National Ballet in England and directed a summer school in Ascoli Picino, Italy. She coached Giselle and staged La Bayadère for the Flanders Ballet. In addition to staging Le Corsaire for ABT every other year, the past three years have taken her to Uraguay to stage Le Corsaire for Julio Bocca’s company and to Argentina to stage a new production of Le Corsaire for the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. She also staged Don Quixote for Ballet West, Tulsa Ballet and the Washington Ballet. Anna-Marie has directed the program of classical dance at Jacob’s Pillow for the past 12 years and has had commissioned 12 original creations for the festival. In Canada, she works frequently with Atlantic Ballet Theater and choreographed and produced a new production of The Nutcracker for the city of Vancouver. This will be the fifth year the Goh Ballet has performed this version of The Nutcracker to sold out houses. She has worked for the Canadian Government as an adjudicator, evaluating most of the major Canadian ballet companies and schools for the Canadian Council.

Holmes is very active in her work as a judge for Youth American Grand Prix, travelling throughout the United States each year for their preliminary and final competitions. In 2013 her travels have taken her to Japan, England, Italy and Canada. She is in constant demand as a judge, guest teacher and choreographer.

Other Guest Faculty to be announced.

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