Community Programs

Our Impact

Kansas City Ballet Shares the Power of Dance

Kansas City Ballet provides joyful and meaningful experiences that inspire, inform, and engage the broader community. Kansas City Ballet is committed to making dance accessible to everyone, from young children to senior citizens, through fun workshops, interactive dance demonstrations, discounted theatre performances, adult education programs, and open company rehearsals. Approximately 20,000 people annually benefit from KC Ballet’s community programs, such as Student Matinees, Lecture Demonstrations, Dance Workshops, Pre-performance programs, and our Reach Out and Dance (R.O.A.D.) Residency and Scholarship programs, throughout Missouri and Kansas.

Educational Programs

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.

Dance Residencies In Schools (R.O.A.D)

Reach Out And Dance (R.O.A.D.) is a 12 to 24-week in-school dance residency program for elementary students, taught by professional teaching artists from Kansas City Ballet, to live piano accompaniment.

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R.O.A.D. Scholarship Program

In September 2017, Kansas City Ballet initiated a unique partnership with Kansas City Public Schools in Missouri and with Turner Unified Schools in Kansas to bring a free 12-week dance residency program, Reach Out and Dance (known as R.O.A.D.), to all third-grade students in 16 elementary schools. Each spring, up to 112 students from 16 R.O.A.D. Residency schools are invited to study dance on scholarships during the school day at the Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity.

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Lecture Demonstration - Studio to Stage

An exciting, interactive lecture demonstration offers a range of classic and contemporary ballets as a 45-minute program narrated by KC Ballet directors and performed by Kansas City Ballet’s Second Company dancers. Great for schools, community organizations and families!

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Our 45-minute workshops are specifically designed for Pre-K and early elementary age children (ages 2- 7) and focus on classic stories and literacy. KC Ballet Teaching Artists bring ballet stories to life through creative movement, music and a ballet show and tell.

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Matinees for Schools

Introduce your students to the joy and wonder of dance by joining Kansas City Ballet for one of our Student Matinee performances.

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For more information about Kansas City Ballet’s Education Programs for K-12 schools, Email