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Kansas City Ballet 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.

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Second Company

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.

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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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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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Alena Harrison

Brooke Amundrud

Charlie Cronenwett

Charlotte Kelsey

Chloe Exline

Corben Simpson

Gillian Yoder

Ian Anderson-Conlon

John Aguirre

Katie Wolfe

Kayla DeGaray

Keira Holland

Maya Canestaro

Meg Kataoka

Malerie Moore

Olivia Newell

Oscar Miller