Bolender Center

It's always a thrill to visit the Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity, a rehabbed architectural wonder that never fails to make the jaw drop.

- The Kansas City Star

Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity

500 W. Pershing Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64108

Visiting Hours:

Mondays-Saturdays, 9 am to 5 pm

816.931.2232

On the west edge of the Union Station campus, the Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity lies in the heart of downtown Kansas City and the vibrant Crossroads Arts District.

It is the home of Kansas City’s premier dance company and the region’s best ballet school. The Bolender Center is a creative center for our community.

Ballet Tours

Kansas City Ballet offers groups of 10 or more the opportunity to tour our historic facility and observe the company at work. Information is provided on upcoming productions, and participants may visit Kansas City Ballet’s Costume Shop and view dancers in classes and rehearsals.

To schedule a tour, contact April Berry or call 816.216.5609.

History

The historic Power House building at Union Station was transformed into the Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity and opened in August 2011. Once a power plant where huge boilers burned coal to generate steam for Union Station, the building has been transformed into the 60,000-square-foot home of Kansas City Ballet.

  • Seven studios – nearly twice that of our former facility – with specialized floors for learning and rehearsing every type of dance.
  • Rehearsal space the same size as the Muriel Kauffman Theatre stage
  • The Michael and Ginger Frost Studio Theater, which seats 180 comfortably
  • 180 parking spaces adjacent to the building
  • Wardrobe/costume facilities
  • Physical therapy suite
  • Set storage
  • Artist locker rooms
  • Administrative offices

Library

The Tatiana Dokoudovska Library for Dance is the home of the Kansas City Ballet Archives which documents the history of the Kansas City Ballet.

Research Archives

Accessibility

The Bolender Center is fully compliant with all ADA requirements. The accessibility services and accommodation methods include: ample accessible parking spaces convenient to entrances with drop-off areas; appropriate doorways and entrances that include automatic opening features; ADA compliant braille and tactile signage; restrooms that fully comply with ADA disability requirements; easy elevator access to all levels of the facility; and ample accessible seating for performances.

Parking

The Bolender Center has free and ample parking available on the property.