Life @ KCAI

Student Housing

Kansas City Ballet is proud to partner with the Kansas City Art Institute. Located in the heart of Kansas City the Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) is an independent four-year college of fine arts and design founded in 1885. Notable artists associated with KCAI include Walt Disney, who took Saturday classes there as a child, and painter Thomas Hart Benton, who taught there from 1935 to 1941. The beautiful campus is nestled in a historic neighborhood surrounded by two of the best art museums in the country, the Nelson-Atkins Museum and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

Residence Hall

KCAI’s Barbara Marshall Residence Hall opened in January 2020. During the Summer Intensive, KCBS occupies an entire floor of the facility. The new Residence Hall features suite-style rooms with semi-private bathrooms and basic furniture.

Dining Hall


The Wylie Dining Hall at KCAI is located adjacent to the Residence Hall. Food options are healthy and nutritious with a dancer’s needs and body demands in mind. Breakfast and dinner during the week and all weekend meals take place at Wylie Dining. Vending machines are available at KCB and KCAI.

Amenities in the Dining Hall include:

  • Hot entrees
  • Salad bar
  • Deli bar
  • Cereal bar
  • Fresh fruit bar with yogurts
  • Assorted breads
  • Fruit juices and beverages
  • Freshly baked desserts

The Dining Hall offers vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and nut-free options, and they are marked accordingly.

Important Information

Dorm Fee – $3200

– room and board
– 20 meals a week
– transportation
– weekend activities/excursions


Resident Assistant Application

Interested in becoming a Resident Assistant for the 2023 Summer Intensive? We are currently looking for RAs at least 21 years of age. Follow the link and fill out the application form if you are interested in this opportunity.

Resident Assistant Application

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