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, 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, 30 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 community@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 professional’s group, for their annual fundraiser, the Black & White Soiree, that benefits the R.O.A.D. Scholarship Residency Schools. The following are sponsors of that event: Boulevard Brewery Co., US Bank, and The Michael and Marlys Haverty Family Foundation.

Belger Cartage Service, Inc.
BMO Harris Bank
Boulevard Brewing Company
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City
BlueScope Steel

BNSF Railway Foundation
Commerce Bank
SS&C Technologies, Inc.
Henderson Engineers, Inc.
JE Dunn Construction Company
The Lockton Company
Louis & Elizabeth Nave Flarsheim Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee

Louis and Frances Swinken Supporting Foundation
Oppenstein Brothers Foundation
R and C Charitable Foundation
R.A. Long Foundation
Stepp & Rothwell
UMB Bank
Unified Government-Hollywood Casino of Wyandotte County

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.