Kansas City Ballet
2020-2021 Season Update Announcement

Happy New Year to Everyone!

As we begin the year, Devon and I wish to bring you up to speed on some immediate news regarding plans for the next several months.

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 your season tickets to New Moves 2021, CinderellaJewels, and other auxiliary events 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. Details on these exciting events will be forthcoming soon.

Simultaneously, the Ballet’s leadership team is examining options with regard to the opening of the 2021-2022 season. While responsible planning efforts must take into account the likely continuing presence of the virus, we are hopeful that the vaccine distribution currently underway will augur live performances and a return to the Kauffman Center stage. There are a variety of programming scenarios under consideration with a few months yet to make firm(ish) decisions. We will be sure to let you know as these options solidify.

We all know how challenging these past ten months have 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. You may have already gifted other tickets, but please let us know now that you are gifting your remaining ticket value. Thank you!

You will join hundreds of your fellow patrons in taking this step to ensure the Ballet’s future.

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!

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


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