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 students from these 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, home of Kansas City Ballet.

R.O.A.D. Scholars receive free dancewear and ballet slippers, two tuition-free classes per week for 12 consecutive weeks each spring and for eight weeks each summer, and complimentary tickets for themselves and a family member to attend a Kansas City Ballet performance.

Subsequently, each fall, select R.O.A.D. Scholars are invited to train in the Kansas City Ballet School for the next two years. As part of The Academy, R.O.A.D. Scholars are eligible to audition for Kansas City Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker.

Interested in learning more about our R.O.A.D Scholars program?

Contact Miyesha McGriff, R.O.A.D. Program Administrator at mmcgriff@kcballet.org

“This Program has allowed my daughter’s dream to come true. She always wanted to dance and now gets a chance to do it!”

- R.O.A.D. Scholar Parent

R.O.A.D Scholar FAQs

R.O.A.D Sponsors

We wish to sincerely thank the following for their support of Kansas City Ballet’s Reach Out and Dance (R.O.A.D.) Program.

Kansas City Public School District, Missouri

Turner Unified School District 202, Kansas 

R.O.A.D. Scholarship Program Uniform Provider

BARRE KC, Kansas City Ballet’s young professionals’ group, for their annual Soirée fundraiser that benefits R.O.A.D.

Back On Track Chiropractic + Acupuncture
Peggy and Andrew Beal
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City
BlueScope Steel
BNSF Railway Foundation
Stanley J. Bushman and Ann Canfield
City of Kansas City, MO
Commerce Bank
Dr. Suzanne C. Crandall
Crossroads Hotel
Bill and Jo Anne Dondlinger
Cathy and Steve Doyal
Marilyn A.W. Gaar and Norman E. Gaar, Esq.
George and Ada Ultch Memorial Fund
Global Prairie Foundation
H&R Block Foundation

Hall Family Foundation
Haverty Family Foundation – Michael and Marlys Haverty
Henderson Engineers, Inc.
Henry E. Wurst Family Foundation
JE Dunn Construction Company
Louis & Elizabeth Nave Flarsheim Charitable Foundation – Bank of America, Trustee
Louis and Frances Swinken Supporting Foundation
The Edward G. and Kathryn E. Mader Foundation
Julia and Greg Malter
National Endowment for the Arts
Ms. Julie Phillips
R and C Charitable Foundation
R.A. Long Foundation
Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts – Commerce Bank, Trustee

Dr. Christopher and Mrs. Lisa Sirridge
Mr. Ian Spinks and Ms. Juliette Singer
Stepp & Rothwell, Inc.
Ms. Kathy Stepp and Mr. Howard Rothwell
Greg and Barbara Storm
Tito’s Handmade Vodka – Fifth Generation, Inc.
UMB Financial Corporation
Unified Government-Hollywood Casino of Wyandotte County
Angela and John Walker
Mr. Bill Weaver and Ms. Crystal O’Dea
Lynne and Carl Weilert
Marissa Wickam
Mrs. Margaret Wurst
Dr. John and Karen Yungmeyer

Make an Impact Today

To learn more about how to support Kansas City Ballet’s R.O.A.D. Scholarship Program, please contact Director of Gift Planning, Rebecca Zandarski.