Kansas City Ballet is made up of 25 professional dancers who perform the richly varied programs conceived by Artistic Director William Whitener. The repertoire includes the requisite Romantic classics, as well as key works from the 20th century, such as Ailey’s Feast of Ashes, Balanchine’s Agon, Tharp’s Deuce Coupe, and Cunningham’s Duets.
Having grown steadily since its founding in 1957, KCB now excitedly awaits two new developments in the next couple of years. In 2009 the old Union Station Power House will be renovated and reopened as the Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity, giving KCB a new permanent home; and in 2010, the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will become the company’s resident performance theater. With this new facility, KCB will be able to increase its number of performances and the length of the annual season.
Kansas City Ballet Information
- Public Transportation: Good
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Three programs each year, plus the annual Nutcracker. Each program runs for one week. The Nutcracker is performed regularly throughout December
- Ticket Prices: $20–$75. Students and seniors may purchase $12 tickets to repertory concerts beginning two hours before the performance
- Group Discounts: Groups of 15 or more may receive up to a 30% discount on ticket purchases
- Subscriptions: Subscriptions are available for the entire season (all three shows) or for two shows (winter and spring). Benefits include tickets exchanges, discounted pre-paid parking, discounts on additional single-ticket purchases, and discounts at other local arts organizations
- Membership: The basic donor fee is any amount up to $99 and includes a letter of acknowledgement and a subscription to the company e-newsletter
- Special Membership for young Adults: Kansas City Ballet BARRE is a membership group aimed at young professionals over 21. Membership is $70 and includes Friday-night season tickets, invitations to special events, and other special offers
- Educational/Community Outreach: Through extensive community-outreach programs, KCB also affirms its commitment to “nourishing the community through dance.” It offers free pre-curtain talks by artists and dance scholars, providing opportunities for audiences to learn more about dance. KCB performs special matinées for school groups, conducts residencies in local public schools, and holds master classes for community members. The KCB School also offers open classes designed for students ages 13 to 65. A one-time class fee is $15. 10 and 20 class cards are available.