Kansas City Dance School

Kansas City Dance School

KC Ballet School

Kansas City Dance School

Learn From The Best

Kansas City Ballet School (KCBS) is the official school of Kansas City Ballet

Under the direction of School Director Grace Holmes, the School offers a complete, professional curriculum for our Academy students. With locations in downtown Kansas City and Johnson County, the School maintains a faculty of over 50 instructors. The School’s Dance & Fitness Class Division attracts teens and adults who wish to pursue recreational dance instruction in a supportive and encouraging setting.

Classes for all ages

Named Outstanding School by Youth American Grand Prix in 2018, 2019, and 2020!

Kansas City Dance School
The Academy

Our mission is to provide excellence in dance training to a diverse body of students. Our comprehensive approach is based on the traditions of classical ballet that prepare students for the widest spectrum of opportunities within the artistic community and professional dance world. Students develop skills associated with academic success including self-discipline, self-confidence and the ability to concentrate and collaborate. Our students recognize the importance of process and quality of work while setting high standards for themselves in all areas. 

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Kansas City Dance School
Dance & Fitness Classes

The Studio offers classes that are open to teens and adults with all levels of experience. The class schedule is flexible and students can take as many or as few classes as their schedule allows. You can participate in all Studio classes with a Class-Pack, which provides the flexibility to customize your dance or fitness schedule. 

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Professional Division

The Professional Division includes KCB II and the Trainee Program, known as Kansas City Ballet's Second Company. Our program provides talented young dancers a professional company experience as a prelude to their becoming a professional dancer. 

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Kansas City Dance School
Summer Intensive

For those serious about ballet instruction, come spend your summer with Kansas City Ballet! Our five-week program offers students a highly concentrated curriculum at Kansas City Ballet’s award-winning facility, the Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity. Kansas City Ballet artistic staff and school faculty combine with renowned guest teachers to create one of the best summer intensive offerings in the country.

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Summer Dance Classes for children

What class is best for my student?

Discover which class is best for your student by taking our interactive quiz.

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School Director


Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Ms. Holmes began her ballet training with Audrey Maduell and Lelia Haller.  Under the direction of Harvey Hysell, she was a soloist with New Orleans Ballet.  In 1983 she joined San Francisco Ballet and was promoted to soloist in 1990.  She then moved to Birmingham, England where she was a senior soloist with Birmingham Royal Ballet until her retirement in 2000.  Her repertoire includes over 100 ballets spanning both classical and modern genres, including principal and soloist roles in: George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, Who Cares – Who Cares pas de deux, Stairway to Paradise, Agon, Symphony in C, and Theme and Variations; Anthony Tudor’s Dark Elegies – 4th Song Soloist; Donald McKayle’s  Gumbo Yaya; William Forsythe’s in the middle somewhat elevated  and New Sleep; Paul Taylor’s Sunset and Company B – Another You; Lew Christensen’s Airs de Ballet, Jinx, and Sinfonia – 2nd Soloist; Frederick Ashton’s The Dream – Helena, Les Patineurs – Red Girls, and Birthday Offering – 6th Solo; Jiri Kilian’s Forgotten Land- Grey Couple; David Bintley’s Hobson’s Choice – Maggie Hobson, and The Protecting Veil – cello solo. Read More . . .

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Grace Holmes

Two Convenient Locations

Kansas City Ballet Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity

Bolender Center

The Todd Bolender Center is at the heart of Kansas City Ballet. It’s where we learn from the masters and bond with our peers. We welcome friends and family to join us for tours of the facility, ask questions, and absorb the long, outstanding history of our organization.

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Kansas City Dance School

Johnson County Campus

We offer a Johnson County Campus for our Kansas City Ballet School students to realize their education and artistic ability in dance in a conveniently located second location.


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🎂🎉 Happy birthday to KCB II Dancer Ben Zusi! 🎂🎉

📷: Dancer Ben Zusi. Photo by @brettpruitt
The Wizard of Oz VIP Family Experience • Sat., May 21 at 2 p.m. 👠💎 

Enter the Emerald City! For $189 per ticket, your family will enjoy Premium Center Mezzanine tickets with access to a private reception suite before the show and at intermission. Enjoy complimentary wine, kids’ drinks, delicious treats and meet characters from the show at intermission! 🌪️🐒 

Seats are limited. Learn more at the #linkinbio 

A portion of your ticket purchase will support Kansas City Ballet School's world-class education and training programs.
💥 TOMORROW at 6:30 PM CST 💥 
Tune in for our Live Dancer Chat for The Wizard of Oz. 🌪 Moderated by Brad Austin, (@go4brad) Creative Arts Producer at Kansas City PBS with KC Ballet dancers Lilliana Hagerman (@lillybanilly), Liang Fu, Cameron Thomas (@yourboycammyt) and Ben Zusi (@ben.zusi). 🎥

📩 Submit your questions below in the comments!
RSVP at the #linkinbio

Dancer Chats are a program of KC Ballet Community Engagement & Education, Director April Berry.

📸 Dancers Lilliana Hagerman, Jeremy Hanson, Humberto Rivera Blanco, Dillion Malinski and Cameron Thomas in Septime Webre's The Wizard of Oz. Photo by @lizstehling
Attention Students! 💥 STUDENT RUSH Deal 💥 Students get 2 tickets for $19: one for you and a friend! The Wizard of Oz // May 13-22 at the Kauffman Center 
💥 BOOK NOW with promo code at the #linkinbio

*A valid student ID is required for each ticket. Masks recommended.
Toto stole our hearts during the 2018 performances of The Wizard of Oz. He’s agreed to answer all of your questions about the ballet and life as a doggie puppet. Ask him in the comments! 🐶

#asktoto #kcballet #kcboz #thewizardofoz #dogsofinstagram 

🐕 Designed by Nicholas Mahon. 🐕 Puppeteer pictured @breakdancr
Join us this Saturday, April 30 at 7:00 p.m. for Second Company @ Home! ⚡ 

Second Company @ Home is an evening of dance with Kansas City Ballet’s Second Company performing a variety of both classical and custom-made contemporary works by choreographers Devon Carney, Christopher Ruud, Cameron Thomas, Brooke Amundrud, Sophie Hod and Malerie Moore!

🎟️ Tickets at the #linkinbio • Masks are required to attend this performance. 

📸 Second Company dancers in Brooke Amundrud, Malerie Moore and Sophie Hod's in one lies two. Photo by @brettpruitt
💚🪩👠 Check out our new TV commercial for The Wizard of Oz! 💚🪩👠 Are you ready for the Emerald City? 

We hope to see you May 13-22 at the @KauffmanCenter.

🎥 Animation design by Aaron Rhyne. Video by @lizstehling
There is no place like home! 💙 

Your support brought us home to the Muriel Kauffman Theatre! Please consider a gift today to sustain Kansas City Ballet's success.

GIVE TODAY at the #linkinbio 💙

📸 Dancer @mandydevenuta by @kennyphotokc
Get swept away.. on an epic adventure to the Emerald City!🌪️ 

Septime Webre's The Wizard of Oz • May 13-22 at the @kauffmancenter 👠 
🎟️ #linkinbio 

📸 @mandydevenuta by @kennyphotokc
@panache.chocolatier, a Grand Master Chocolatier, proudly presents The Wizard of Oz, a unique chocolate experience. 🍫 Pre-order your 12-piece box today. Truffles will be available for pick-up and payment at Panache Chocolatier in Leawood, KS around Mother’s Day (May 8). 🍫 

Pre-order online at the #linkinbio • All pre-orders must be submitted by midnight on Sunday, May 1. 

15% of the proceeds benefits Kansas City Ballet. 

📸 @mandydevenuta as Dorothy by @kennyphotokc
Join us TONIGHT at 6 p.m. CST for our Facebook Live of Dance Speaks: The Wizard of Oz with Choreographer Septime Webre and KCB Dancer Amanda DeVenuta to learn behind the scenes information on his ballet "The Wizard of Oz". 🌪️ 

Kansas City Ballet Artistic Director Devon Carney invites you to join an engaging conversation inspired by this classic story! 🌪️

RSVP at the #linkinbio 👠 

Dance Speaks is a part of Kansas City Ballet’s commitment to engage the community-at-large with a unique educational series.

📸 Dancers Amanda DeVenuta, Liang Fu, Lamin Pereira, James Kirby Rogers with Choreographer Septime Webre in rehearsals, 2018. Photo by Elizabeth Stehling.
🎂🎉 Happy birthday to Company Dancer Whitney Huell! 🎂🎉

📷: Dancer Whitney Huell in Devon Carney's The Nutcracker. Photo by @brettpruitt
#KCBallet #KCBCheers #KCBBirthdays #AprilBirthdays
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