Our People

Meet the Dancers

Kansas City Ballet, a professional ballet company of 30 dancers (and a Second Company comprised of KCB II and Trainees), was incorporated in 1957 by Founder and Artistic Director Tatiana Dokoudovska to serve Greater Kansas City.

Main Company

Second Company
KCB II
Trainees

Upon Mme. Dokoudovska’s retirement in 1980, Todd Bolender, a former dancer with the New York City Ballet and protégé of George Balanchine, established Kansas City Ballet’s artistic focus. William Whitener, a former dancer with The Joffrey Ballet and Twyla Tharp Dance, succeeded Mr. Bolender and served as artistic director from 1996-2013. Devon Carney began as artistic director in 2013.

By commissioning new works by some of today’s most sought-after choreographers, giving rise to young talent, acquiring existing works by master choreographers, and introducing new interpretations of classic full-length productions, Mr. Carney is creating a sophisticated, diverse repertory that offers powerful entertainment for all audiences.

Main Company

KCB II

About KCB II

KCB II, a Professional Division program of Kansas City Ballet’s School, is part of Kansas City Ballet’s Second Company. This program gives extraordinarily talented young dancers a professional company experience as a prelude to their joining a professional company.

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Trainees

(Pictured left to right) Sophie Hod, Jasmine Wheeler, Callahan Akmakjian-Porter, Lauren Vogel, Talia Lebowitz, Timothy T.V. Cao, Priyana Acharya, Katy Schwarzweller, Emma Pennell, Juliana Kuhn, Grace Reed, Colleen McKenzie, Jessica Ousterhout

About Our Trainees

The Trainee Program at the Kansas City Ballet School aims to nurture and develop the technical skills and artistry of young aspiring post-secondary dancers. This Professional Division program is part of Kansas City Ballet’s Second Company.

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