Kansas City Ballet
2020-2021 Season Update Announcement

We announced a joint communication from the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Kansas City Symphony, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and Kansas City Ballet have announced that from now until at least January 2021, there will be no performances occurring on the stages of the Performing Arts Center.

For our subscribers, information about your season tickets to Dracula, The Nutcracker, and other auxiliary events can be found below.

Four months ago, the coronavirus pandemic caused the city to shut down our performance venues in the name of safety and public health, thus requiring the cancellation or postponement of our May production and our New Moves event. Devon and I had no idea that it was the beginning of such a lengthy drought. At this time, we cannot even venture a guess as to when our dancers will be able to gather again as colleagues and artists to rehearse, hone their art, and perform on that glorious stage. There are many things we do not know for certain at this moment. But we do know one thing at least – we will be back. Dance is important in our lives, and we know in yours as well. Dance will survive….it always does.

Even now, without knowing when we shall return to the stage itself, we are nonetheless taking measured steps to prepare the Bolender Center for the eventual return of our dancers, students, staff, and school faculty. Strict safety protocols are being established, consultation with our medical task force professionals is ongoing, and we are in weekly conferences with the national field to share information, check on progress with our colleagues and learn from their experiences.

Of course, the longer this situation goes on, the more challenging it gets for any of us in the performing arts to maintain a sound infrastructure. Simply put, until we begin to perform on the Kauffman stage with some regularity again, we are without income. We are dependent solely on fundraising right now from our friends and supporters and, also to some degree “the kindness of strangers”. We anticipate that regardless of when our company can once again return, our Relief and Recovery Fund will be active for some years to come. We hope we can depend on you to consider a gift to that fund. All contributions are always valuable but today they are literally life-sustaining. To donate, click here.

In closing, we ask you this: take a moment. Recall the thrill of Swan Lake as those beautiful creatures swathed in white entered the stage and you realized you were holding your breath. Pause to recall the amusing moment when the ‘lobster’ dropped from the rafters – you remember – we know you do. And think back on those moments at the Bolender Center from past seasons when you were privy with only a hundred or so others in the world to the premiere of fresh new works by fresh young choreographers.

Like we said – our dancers will be back. Better. Hungry to please. Looking forward to, indeed needing, the gift you as audience members have always provided….love.

With thanks,

Jeffrey J. Bentley
Executive Director

Devon Carney
Artistic Director

Information about 2020-2021 your tickets

It is with great sadness that we announce the cancellation of Dracula and our annual run of Devon Carney’s The Nutcracker. New Moves, which was postponed from March 2020 and rescheduled for September 2020 has also been postponed indefinitely.

All ticket value, including fees and purchased parking, will be automatically placed on your account as a credit. This credit will be available for you to use through June 30, 2021, for subscriptions and tickets to performances during the 2020-2021 or 2021-2022 seasons.

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


Due to our office and box office currently closed and employees working remotely, we ask that all ticketing questions be sent to boxoffice@kcballet.org, or contact individual departments, here.

As a member of our Kansas City Ballet family, you can appreciate the impact of cancellations on our financial health. As a nonprofit arts organization, Kansas City Ballet resources are put to the test during a civil emergency like this one. We are asking you to consider donating the cost of your tickets as a gift to KCB, for which we will gratefully issue you a tax receipt.

In recognition of your generous support, your name will be listed on a special page in our program and online as a Kansas City Ballet Hero throughout the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 season.


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.