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 Interim School Director Kimberly Cowen, 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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Interim School Director

Kimberly Cowen

Kimberly Cowen, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, received most of her ballet training from Nathalie LeVine. She has also studied at St.Louis Ballet under Ludmila Dokoudovsky and Antoni Zalewski, at Pacific Northwest Ballet with Fleming Halby and Nina Danilova and at The Joffrey Ballet with Francesca Corkle and Winthrop Corey. She studied at the Kansas City Ballet School with Todd Bolender, Una Kai, and Lisa Dillinger before joining the Kansas City Ballet in 1991, where she danced for 20 years. Ms. Cowen has danced as Swanilda in Coppélia, Odette in Swan Lake, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, the title role in Giselle, Carmen and Romeo & Juliet.  She has had the pleasure of dancing a wide variety of styles by famous choreographers such as George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Anthony Tudor, Todd Bolender, David Parsons, Paul Taylor, Merce Cunningham, Twyla Tharp, Vincente Nebrada, Nacho Duato, Margo Sappington, Trey McIntyre, Jessica Lang, Val Caniparoli, Mary Wigman and William Whitener. Ms. Cowen began teaching at the Somerset Ballet in 1998 and joined the KCBS staff in 2002. Ms. Cowen is responsible for the students of the Upper School and is the director of the Kansas City Youth Ballet. She is dedicated to teaching the next generation of dancers and passing on all she has learned in her time as a student and a professional.

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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