Pre-Professional Ballet Training in the Midwest
The Pre-Professional Division at the Kansas City Ballet is the most comprehensive ballet education available in our region.
The focus of this program is refining technique while fostering artistry. It prepares students for professional careers or further studies such as our Trainee Program and KCB II.
Be available to dedicate 6 days a week to attending class
Students will expand their knowledge:
- Body Conditioning
- and more
Students are accepted into the Daytime Program by invitation or audition only. In order to be considered for an audition, please send the following items to firstname.lastname@example.org
Once you have submitted all the below materials, students will be notified by email within two weeks of any next steps in the audition process. Students may be invited to attend an in-person audition at the Bolender Center.
- Pre-Professional Audition Form Coming Soon!
- $30 Audition Fee
- 3 Photos (Headshot, First arabesque, Tendu a la seconde)
- Video Audition: Female students should wear a simple, single-colored leotard, pink tights, and pink ballet shoes. Male students should wear a fitted white shirt, black, white or gray tights, and white or black ballet shoes.
Barre work (one side only)
- Rond de jambe
- Développé with fondu
- Grand battement
Center work (ladies on pointe)
- Pirouette combination
- Petit allegro
- Grand allegro
- Beginner pointe students, please complete center work on flat. Please add combination on pointe at barre with sous sus and échappé.
Gentlemen, please add:
- Tour en l’air
- Tours a la seconde
- Big jumps
Performing with Kansas City Ballet
Kansas City Youth Ballet
Pre-Professional students may also be invited to audition for the school’s performing group, Kansas City Youth Ballet. KCYB, under the direction of Kimberly Cowen, produces two performances each school year. Learn More
Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP)
Dancers in the Pre-Professional Program have the opportunity to compete in the Youth American Grand Prix, by invitation only.
End of School Year Performance
All Kansas City Ballet School Pre- Professional students have the opportunity to participate in an end-of-the-year performance at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, in May.
KCBS hosts two annual watch weeks for families, one in the fall and one in the spring (see the school calendar for dates).
Academy students are eligible to audition for Kansas City Ballet productions where roles and ages vary. Casting of students into KCB Company productions is at the sole discretion of the KCB Artistic Director and not a guarantee.
Everything from dress code to location information to auditions, Kansas City Ballet’s Parent Resources will tell you everything you need to know to set up your child for success.