Community Engagement and Education

Artist Conversations

We invite you to observe, participate and engage with us.

Kansas City Ballet is committed to sharing its joy of dance with everyone, and our artist conversations are an important component of our mission.

KCB Dancer Chats

KC Ballet Dancer Chats, a FREE community engagement and education series, are designed to engage the broader public with the professional dancers of Kansas City Ballet. Moderated by various members of the community, these chats provide a window into professional dancers’ lives, current creative work, and experiences.

All Dancer Chats take place on Facebook LIVE.

The Wizard of Oz Dancer Chat with moderator Brad Austin

NEW MOVES DANCER CHAT with moderator Dana Knapp

Dracula Dancer Chat with Moderator Stuart Carden

Nutcracker Dancer Chat with Moderator Petra Kralickova

Dance Speaks

As part of Kansas City Ballet’s commitment to engage the community-at-large, we offer a unique educational series titled DANCE SPEAKS, held live online or at various community venues. Interesting panel discussions introduce the community to upcoming ballets, guest choreographers, and stagers. Includes audience Q & A with artists and an invitation to Kansas City Ballet’s company rehearsals prior to specific Dance Speaks! Check out our upcoming Dance Speaks below and watch past Dance Speaks by scrolling down on this page.



Dance Speaks: Dracula

Dance Speaks: Celts

Stories of Resiliency: Black Dancers in the American Ballet World in KC

Four professional black dancers living and working in Kansas City share their journeys on navigating dance careers in the American Ballet World.

Moderated by Allan S. Gray II, a respected Kansas City business professional, and community leader, each panelist will impart their unique dance experiences, perspectives on diversity, inclusion, and equity in ballet and respond to questions from the community sent in advance of the panel, as well as during the panel.

Panelists Include:  April Berry, Karen Brown, Josh Bodden, Whitney Huell