November 20, 2021

The Nutcracker Ball

Benefactor Tickets Are On Sale Now!

The Nutcracker Ball Patrons cocktail party will be held on Thursday, November 18 at the Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity.

All Ball Benefactor levels will receive recognition in the Ball invitation and program book; and Kansas City Ballet program books and website.

Benefactor levels of $5,000 and greater also receive Membership benefits for The Bolender Society with exclusive invitations to special events.

The Benefactor level may include corporate matching funds.

Single Tickets, including After Party Tickets, will go on sale August 2021.

Sponsorship Levels

Ballet Ball Signature Nutcracker

Add to your collection or holiday décor, our signature Nutcracker for the 2021 Ballet Ball. The Hollywood Castle King Nutcracker dressed in silvery white stands on a sparkly wooden base and is holding a white and silver staff with a star and clear gem dangle. On his crown sits a miniature glittery castle that’s surrounded by twigs. He measures 17.5 inches and is designed and signed by Holly Adler. The Castle King Nutcracker is $70 and can be ordered and delivered to your door.


Special Thanks To:

Pirouette Award

The Kansas City Ballet Guild proudly presents the Annual Pirouette Award to a person or persons who have contributed extraordinary amounts of time, talent, and energy in a voluntary capacity to benefit the Kansas City Ballet and the performing arts community.

1983 R. Crosby Kemper, Jr
1984 Richard Harriman
1985 Patricia McIlrath
1986 Jeannette Nichols
1987 James Costin
1988 Russell Patterson
1989 Paul H. Henson
1990 Todd Bolender
1991 Jay McShann
1992 George E. Powell, Jr.
1993 Muriel I. Kauffman
1994 Mr. & Mrs. Henry W. Bloch

1995 Hallmark Cards, Inc.
1996 Patricia Judd
1997 Anonymous
1998 Estelle Ellis
1999 Valentine Radford
2000 Mr. & Mrs. Donald Sanders
2001 Julia Irene Kauffman
2002 Mr. & Mrs. Landon Rowland
2003 DeVette Ashley
2004 J. Scott Francis
2005 Mr. and Mrs. W. Anthony Feiock
2006 Rick Poccia / M&I Bank

2007 Vicki Baxter
2008 Wendy Powell
2009 Shirley Helzberg
2010 Dr. and Mrs. Michael D. Frost
2011 Mr. William H. Dunn, Sr.
2012 Sally Wood (in memoriam)
2013 G. Mark Sappington
2014 James Jordon
2015 Barbara Storm
2016 Lisa Merrill Hickok
2017 Elizabeth Hard Simms
2018 Frank Byrne
2019 Sue Ann Fagerberg
2020 Bank of America

Nutcracker Ball 2019

On Saturday, November 23, 2019, the Kansas City Ballet Guild presented the Nutcracker Ball at the beautiful InterContinental Kansas City at The Plaza chaired by Peggy Beal. Guests enjoyed a lively cocktail party, delicious cuisine, breathtaking decor by Larry Wheeler and Craig Sole Designs, crowd-pleasing entertainment by Michael Beers Band, and a spectacular performance by Kansas City Ballet’s Second Company. Dr. Roger and Sandy Jackson, whose involvement with Kansas City Ballet has been long and noteworthy, served as Honorary Chairman.

Guild President John Walker and Kansas City Ballet Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley presented the 2019 Pirouette Award to Sue Ann Fagerberg for her outstanding contribution to the performing arts.

Photography by Larry F. Levenson