2013 KANSAS CITY BALLET SCHOOL SUMMER INTENSIVE
Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity
500 W. Pershing Rd., Kansas City, MO
June 17 – July 19, 2013
2013 National Audition Tour
Click here for a full audition tour listing.
Audition fee: $25 cash, check or money order
Please print and complete the 2013 Summer Intensive Audition Form and bring to the audition.
Please provide two photos: a 4X6 headshot (girls with hair up) and 4X6 first arabesque shot (girls en pointe). Photos must be printed on photo paper and must be presented at time of audition. 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.
If unable to attend an audition or if the audition tour has passed, one may submit a Video/ DVD postmarked by February 28, 2013. No Video/DVDs will be returned unless accompanied by an enclosed self addressed and stamped envelope. Video/DVD Audtion fee, $25.
Print and complete the 2013 Summer Intensive DVD Audition Form.
Kansas City Ballet School
Summer Intensive 2013
500 W. Pershing Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64108
Click here for video / DVD audition requirements.
The Kansas City Ballet School’s Summer Intensive runs from June 17- July 19, 2013. 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).
A highly concentrated curriculum in the Kansas City Ballet studios that includes Ballet Technique, Pointe, Repertoire, Men’s Technique, Flamenco, Modern, Jazz, and Pas de Deux (taught for the highest level).
Classes in Conditioning, Pilates, Make Up, Resume Writing, Injury Prevention, and Nutrition are also included in this program.
Students will showcase their progress in a studio demonstration on Friday, July 19, 2013 (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.
A non-refundable $300 deposit is required to reserve a place in the Intensive Program. Also, a non-refundable $300 deposit is required to hold a place in the Housing Dormitories.
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.
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 April 10, 2013. Students must attend all five weeks of the program to be eligible for financial aid.
Students who are awarded merit scholarships are notified in their acceptance letter. Merit scholarships are only awarded to students attending the full five-week program.
Deadline for application is March 25, 2013.
Download the 2013 Financial Aid Application.
Deadlines - Registration and deposit deadline extended to May 31!
February 28, 2013 - Video Auditions with audition fee due
March 25, 2013 - Financial Aid Application due
April 22, 2013 -Registration Forms & Deposit(s) for Tuition ($300) and Housing ($300) due
May 17, 2013 - Balance of Tuition, Activity and Housing Fees due.
Payments received after May 17 deadline are subject to a $150 late fee.
Payment by installment may be made upon approval of the School Director. All installment payments must be paid in full by June 10, 2013.
Arrival and Departure
June 16, 2013 - Arrival & Check-In for Dormitory Students after 12:00 noon
June 16, 2013 - Parent/Student Orientation at KCAI
June 17, 2013 – Orientation begins at Downtown Campus at 9:00am
June 17, 2012 - July 19, 2013 Classes begin at 9:00am
July 19, 2013 - Final Day of Classes & In-Class Demonstrations, times TBA
July 19, 2013 - Departure
Students attend class Monday – Friday 9:00am – 4:30pm.
Emily Simpson,School Director
Kimberly Cowen, Associate School Director
Amanda McKerrow - Guest Faculty
Amanda McKerrow has enjoyed a career as one of America's acclaimed ballerinas. She has the honor of being the first American to receive a gold medal at the International Ballet Competition in Moscow in 1981. Ms. McKerrow joined American Ballet Theatre in 1982. Since then, she has been the recipient of numerous other awards, among them, the Princess Grace Foundation Dance Fellowship in 1986, the Deane Sherman Award for Excellence in the Field of Dance in 1988, and the New York Woman Award for Dance in 1991. In 2000 Ms. McKerrow, together with her husband John Gardner, began staging the works of Antony Tudor for the Antony Tudor Ballet Trust. Since retiring from performing in 2006, she devotes the majority of her time to teaching, coaching, and staging ballets for professional companies around the world.
John Gardner - Guest Faculty
John Gardner began his ballet training at age twelve. In 1978, he joined American Ballet Theatre and was promoted to the rank of soloist in 1984. Mr. Gardner's diverse repertoire include many soloist and principal roles, representing an extensive range of styles and affording him the opportunity to work with many of the great choreographers of the 20th centruy, including Antony Tudor, George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and Twyla Tharp. In 1991 Mr. Gardner joined Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project. Mr. Gardner created numerous roles during his time with White Oak Dance Project and toured extensively. He returned to American Ballet Theatre in 1995, where he danced a wide variety of roles until 2002. He is currently working at both the professional and student levels, and has taught, choreographed, and staged ballets for professional companies and schools in the U.S. and Europe.
Karen P. Brown, Ballet Mistress - Kansas City Ballet
Ms. Brown, a native of Columbus, Ohio, danced with National Ballet of Washington D.C., Pennsylvania Ballet and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal, where she later served as Principal Ballet Mistress. She joined BalletMet in Columbus as Ballet Mistress in 1991 and served on the school roster, as well as on guest faculties of many summer programs. Ms. Brown has worked with many choreographers, staged ballets and taught master classes around the globe during her career. Ms. Brown is honored to be working with the dancers, students and staff of Kansas City Ballet. Ms. Brown’s instruction promises a strong discipline ethic, and her ability to treat dancers as individuals and give artists the respect they deserve appeals to students. Add an energetic style and a sense of humor to the recipe and it’s understandable why Ms. Brown is one of the top ballet instructors in the country.
James Jordan, Ballet Master - Kansas City Ballet
James Jordan is the Ballet Master for Kansas City Ballet and is celebrating his tenth season with the Company. Mr. Jordan’s responsibilities include teaching company class, scheduling and directing rehearsals and re-staging works in the Company’s repertory. Mr. Jordan was born in Staunton, Va. and began dancing as a high school senior. Shortly thereafter, he was offered scholarships to the Richmond Ballet and later to the North Carolina School of the Arts where Todd Bolender recruited him for the Company’s first season. Mr. Jordan would perform numerous principal roles over the next seven years, and he danced with the Santa Fe Opera and Santa Fe Dance Company during this period. Mr. Jordan continued his career as a guest artist in and around the New York area before accepting a press relations position with PBS television. In 1991, Mr. Bolender invited him to return as Ballet Master. Mr. Jordan has taught at Kansas City Ballet School, Dance Institute at Webster University in St. Louis, and the UMKC Conservatory of Music during summer hiatuses. In 2000, he received his B.F.A. in dance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and is now president of their alumni board. In addition to his artistic responsibilities for Kansas City Ballet, Mr. Jordan has staged ballets in San Francisco, Seattle and Tulsa for Mr. Bolender and on behalf of the Antony Tudor Trust.
Paula Weber, Guest Teacher
During her professional career, Ms. Weber performed solo and principal roles in more than 45 major works, which include such classics as Swan Lake, Giselle, Romeo & Juliet, Cinderella and Coppelia and contemporary works such as Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco, de Mille’s Fall River Legend, Butler’s Carmina Burana, and Ailey’s The River. She has been a member of the Milwaukee Ballet (principal), the Lyric Opera of Chicago (soloist), Chicago Ballet and the Indianapolis Ballet Theatre. Her choreography has been performed by the Kansas City Ballet, Albany Berkshire Ballet, Kansas Regional Ballet and Wylliams/Henry Danse Theatre. Ms. Weber received her BA degree in dance from Butler University and her MFA degree from Smith College and has studied ballet with such masters as Maria Tallchief, Jean Paul Comelin, Dermot Burke, Basil Thompson, Marjorie Mussman and Maggie Black. Ms. Weber received the Mrs. Ewing Kauffman Excellence in Teaching Award in ’97, ’01, and ’07.
For more information about Kansas City Ballet's Summer Intensive, contact Kansas City Ballet School at 816-931-2299 or firstname.lastname@example.org.