Join the Guild and enjoy fun opportunities with a community of dance enthusiasts!
The Kansas City Ballet Guild is a group of over 170 members who serve as advocates for dance and ballet in the Kansas City community. We provide financial assistance to the Kansas City Ballet through the Nutcracker Boutique, the Annual Ball, and other special events.
Kansas City Ballet has always relied upon the generosity of the Guild’s membership and their commitment to the arts in Kansas City. This year, as we emerge from the isolation of COVID 19, our efforts to support and sustain the incredible artistic accomplishments of our Kansas City Ballet are more important than ever.
- $50 Guild Member
- $150 Guild Relevé Member
Member level Guild dues allow us to conduct standard Guild business. Relevé level dues allow us to do some extra special things for company dancers such as sponsoring their attendance at Guild events and providing them holiday gifts. Relevé members receive special recognition online and in our directory. They also have access to a special Bolender Center tour with the opportunity to watch classes and a rehearsal. Please consider upgrading to the Relevé level when renewing. It will allow us to do even more for our wonderful Kansas City Ballet.
Guild members enjoy special presentations from guest choreographers, stagers, musicians, dancers, and the wonderful Kansas City Ballet staff. Presentations include educational programs on what it takes to operate a 21st century dance organization, exclusive “behind the scenes” looks at upcoming performances, and access to special pre-performance “open rehearsals.” We meet and socialize with monthly membership meetings, a Kick Off Party, three fabulous annual luncheons (Fall, Nutcracker and Spring Celebration) and at special events such as cast parties, book clubs, and movie nights. We also support and maintain the Kansas City Ballet Archives. And of course, all members are encouraged to be Kansas City Ballet season subscribers and to attend the annual Guild Ballet Ball.
The Guild sponsors two major fundraising events for the Kansas City Ballet each season – an annual Ballet Ball and a Gift Boutique at the Kauffman Center. Despite the global pandemic in 2020, the Guild raised $200,000 for the Kansas City Ballet.
Patrons will celebrate the holiday season at the Kansas City Ballet Guild’s 54th annual gala, the Nutcracker Ball, on November 20, 2021 at the Loews Hotel Kansas City.
GUILD GIFT BOUTIQUE
In December each year, the Guild sponsors and staffs the Gift Boutique during Kansas City Ballet’s Nutcracker performance run at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. We sell traditional and whimsical Nutcrackers, ballet and Nutcracker-themed ornaments and other Nutcracker-inspired items. Net proceeds go to the Kansas City Ballet.
Upcoming 2021-2022 Events
The Ballet Guild is planning a full year of fun-filled activities and programs for its members to enjoy. All of our meetings will be at the Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity or the home of a member. Our Book Club and Movie Nights are back in full swing with lots of great topics to peak your interest.
KC Ballet is closely monitoring federal, state and local guidelines and our policies and procedures will continue to evolve dependent on COVID-19 status at the time of each event.
8/29/21 • GUILD KICK OFF PARTY
4:00-6:00pm at Lidia’s Italian Restaurant: Private Room/Patio/Garden
9/9/21 • GUILD KICK OFF MEMBERSHIP MEETING
9:30am at the Bolender Center
9/16/21 • FALL LUNCHEON AND ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP PHOTO
11:00am Annual Guild Photo
11:30am-1:30pm Luncheon at Hilton Hotel President (Complimentary parking available in garage)
10/21/21 • NUTCRACKER GIFT BOUTIQUE
9:00am at the Bolender Center
11/18/21 • NUTCRACKER BALL PATRONS PARTY
6:30-8:30pm at the Bolender Center
11/20/21 • THE NUTCRACKER BALL
6:00pm-Midnight Loews Hotel Kansas City
12/16/21 • NUTCRACKER LUNCHEON
11:30am-1:30pm Marriot Muehlbach Historic Lobby
2/10/22 • OPEN REHEARSAL AND DANCER RECEPTION FOR DRACULA
4:00pm at the Bolender Center
5/12/22 • GUILD SPRING LUNCHEON AND OFFICER INSTALLATION
11:30am-1:30pm at the historic Savoy at 21c
Monthly Guild meetings will take place on the 2nd Thursday of each month.
*Events subject to change.