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!

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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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

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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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KC Ballet School – South Campus at Meadowbrook

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.


South Campus