To create awareness, appreciation, and to engage learners of all ages in a deeper understanding and connection to dance.
Kansas City Ballet Shares the Power of Dance
Kansas City Ballet’s Community Engagement and Education Department provide joyful and meaningful experiences that inspire, inform, and engage the broader community. Kansas City Ballet is committed to making dance accessible to everyone, from very young children to senior citizens, through fun workshops, interactive dance demonstrations, discounted theatre performances, adult education programs, and open company rehearsals. On average, approximately 20,000 people annually benefit from KC Ballet’s community engagement and education programs, such as Student Matinees, Lecture Demonstrations, Dance Workshops, Pre-performance programs, Ballet Tours, and our Reach Out and Dance (R.O.A.D.) Residency and Scholarship programs, throughout Missouri and Kansas.
- More than 6,000 school students attend matinee performances of The Nutcracker and other classic and contemporary ballets each year.
- Lecture demonstrations reach over 2,000 children each year.
- Educational programs, such as dance workshops, ballet tours and Pre-performance programs, along with our flagship Reach Out and Dance (R.O.A.D.) Residency program impacts over 14,000 people each year.
- The Reach Out and Dance (R.O.A.D.) Scholarship program provides up to 112 talented R.O.A.D residency students the opportunity to continue studying dance free of charge at Kansas City Ballet’s Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity. Additionally, over 240 Road Scholar principals, teachers, parents/guardians, and other family members participate in program activities.
Community Engagement and Education Director
April Berry, dance director, master teacher, educator, and former internationally-acclaimed dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, is a native New Yorker. Ms. Berry has worked closely with many of the most celebrated choreographers and dance artists of the 20th century. April is a certified master instructor in Dunham Technique, having successfully completed all certification requirements after extensive work with American modern dance pioneer, Dr. Katherine Dunham. Ms. Berry has danced the signature choreographies of Dunham, Lester Horton, Alvin Ailey, George Balanchine, Talley Beatty, Todd Bolender, Donald McKayle and Hans Van Manen, as well as in works by other renowned choreographers from the world of ballet, modern/contemporary, and jazz dance.
Kansas City Ballet reaches students and teachers of all backgrounds and experience levels through in-school programming, tours to our studios, and specially-priced matinees at the theater. Kansas City Ballet also offers unique audience education opportunities for adults wishing to expand their experiences around the ballet’s current repertory.
Over 20,000 people – from students to working professionals to retirees – benefit from our community programs annually.