Kansas City Ballet
2020-2021 Season Update Announcement

March 2021

We have formally announced the cancellation of the remainder of the original 2020-2021 season. While several of us have felt for some time now that the conditions would not be conducive to returning safely to the Performing Arts Center in the foreseeable future given the growing virulence of the Covid-19 pandemic, we were hesitant to firmly commit to that decision prematurely. It now seems implausible that the remainder of this season can be safely and responsibly produced. The disappointment of course is palpable here at the Ballet offices. But now we focus on the future.

For our subscribers, information about season tickets and renewals can be found below.

Over the next several months, we will be presenting a series of online performances of new choreography by several gifted choreographers. Please visit our KCBallet@Home webpage for more information.

We don’t yet have definitive answers about next season, nonetheless we are committed to pressing forward with an announcement for the 2021-2022 season by this May. While our spirits are buoyed by the increased availability of vaccines and the promise of an eventual return to normalcy, we remain unclear but hopeful for our prospects for an October opening.

We all know how challenging this past year been. They needn’t be recounted as they are etched in each of our lives. We have persevered, adjusted, created new portals of connection and creativity and through that, we have come to a place where we can see a distant suggestion of normalcy. We are directing ourselves to that place.

To be sure, the delicate scaffolding on which our art form rests remain fragile. Energized and creative fundraising must continue into the future as some audiences may well be slow to find their way back home to us. There is much ground to be recaptured. And significant resources will be needed to mount our next Kauffman Center season.

You have played an important role in our continuity during this uncertain period. We thank you for your faith, patience, fortitude, and generosity of time, wisdom, and resources.

As has been stated earlier, there is a light at the end of the tunnel and that light is the stage of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts! It is bright. It is warm. And it is close by.

With thanks,

Jeffrey J. Bentley
Executive Director

Devon Carney
Artistic Director

Information About 2020-2021 Tickets

With the cancellation of this season, we have placed your remaining ticket value on your account.

To benefit Kansas City Ballet most, please GIFT all or a portion of your remaining ticket value. Doing so will have a significant effect on our ability to open our 64th season. Thus far, more than 50% of our generous subscribers have donated their ticket value.

MEET OUR CHALLENGE! A long-time supporter has given a Matching Challenge grant, which will release up to a total of $50,000!

Click here to GIFT your tickets today

When you gift your tickets, you will receive a tax receipt and be honored as a Ballet HERO on our website.

Of course, you may choose to keep your ticket value on your account. This value may be used through December 31, 2021. If you choose to have your tickets refunded, we will happily begin that process. Please, contact the box office.

Your ongoing faith in us ensures that we will remain strong and take back the stage and inspire you once again. Thank you!

Information About Season Renewals

We are committed to pressing forward with an announcement for the 2021-2022 season by this May. We will make the ticket renewal process for the coming season as simple and stress-free as possible. When you renew this year, you will not be asked for payment at that time. Only when it is closer to the opening of the season will we arrange for your payment. More information on the process will be available when you receive your renewal notice in the upcoming months.

To learn more about the shows that are canceled and how that affects you, please read our Frequently Asked Questions.


Your Continued Support

Monetary donations of any amount are deeply appreciated and needed at this time as we work to sustain Kansas City Ballet through this crisis.


Kansas City Ballet School

Kansas City Ballet School is committed to creating a safe and healthy training environment for our students, staff, and families. The protocols are created by Kansas City Ballet’s Health & Safety Task Force in accordance with the advice of medical professionals, national, state, and local officials as well as other ballet schools across our nation.

*Please note that guidelines and safety protocol may change based on changes to national, state, and/or local recommendations. Updates will be marked with the date they have been added.

Health Protocols


We have launched KCBallet@Home to share special moments from past performances and other exclusive content via our social media pages because we know that dance has the power to transport us, if only for a moment, to a place of peace and joy.