Kansas City Ballet Kicks Off 5th Annual KC Dance Day Today

Kansas City Ballet will present the 5th Annual KC Dance Day at the Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity today, Aug. 29th from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The full day will feature FREE dance performances, classes, demonstrations and FUN for the whole family. In addition to free classes, attendees will enjoy performances, prize drawings, giveaways and relaxing under the tent with food and beverages available for purchase from Two Guys and a Grill. Pre-registration for classes is recommended. Visit kcballet.org or register in person the day of the event.

"KC Dance Day is the kick-off event of the new dance season. Hundreds of Kansas Citians will join us all day long for this open house and fun-filled day of dance," stated Kansas City Ballet Artistic Director Devon Carney. "All are welcome to come enjoy. And as a bonus, we'll show a sneak peek into a work being prepared for the season as well as some short selections danced by our Kansas City Ballet Second Company."

KC Dance Day Schedule

August 29, 2015

For more information, please visit our website at www.kcballet.org.

FREE Children's and Adult Dance Classes

Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Classes start at 9:15 a.m. and continue until 4:45 p.m.

Choose from more than 20 FREE dance and movement classes from the Kansas City Ballet School. Classes available for children include in Creative Movement (ages 3-5), Pre-Ballet (ages 6-7) and Kid's Ballet (ages 8-11). FREE classes for adults ages 12 and up include: Zumba®, Modern, Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Jazz, and Contemporary, plus demonstrations of our five Pilates Reformer machines. There also will be World Dance classes for all ages from Ireland, Greece, Spain, Phillipines, Africa (tentative), Native America (tentative), Mexico and more. For the complete schedule, please visit our website at www.kcballet.org. Pre-registration for free classes is available online and encouraged. Class order and times are subject to change.

FREE Kids' Dance Shows

Twenty minute performances 10 - 11:30 a.m.

10:10 Starlight Stars of Tomorrow

10:40 Ailey Camp Kids

11:10 Kansas City Youth Ballet

FREE World Dance Performances

Fifteen minute performances 12 - 2:55 p.m.

12:10 Ireland

12:35 Greece

1:00 Spain

1:25 Philippines

1:50 Mexico

2:15 Africa (tentative)

2:40 Native American (tentative)

* Plus FREE World Dance Classes 1:30 - 4:45 p.m.

FREE Local Dance Performances - KC's Best

Twenty minute performances begin at 3:10 p.m., including Störling Dance Theater, Seamless Dance Theatre (tentative), Defy and Allegro Ballroom.

Open Rehearsal by artists of Kansas City Ballet & Kansas City Ballet Second Company

5:15 - 5:45 p.m.

Followed by a brief "Meet the Artists of KC Ballet" reception from 5:45 to 6 p.m.

Lunch will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., served by Two Guys & a Grill. Choose from $6 meal options: hamburger, veggie burger, hotdog or chicken breast plus chips and bottled water.

Between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. we will offer a free shuttle trolley from the Union Station Garage parking to the Bolender Center.


KC Dance Day is supported by the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund (NTDF).

About Kansas City Ballet

To make Kansas City a destination for dance

Founded in 1957, Kansas City Ballet is a 29-member professional ballet company under the leadership of Artistic Director Devon Carney and Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley. The company's mission is to establish Kansas City Ballet as an indispensable asset in our community through exceptional performances, excellence in dance training and quality community education programs for all ages.

Kansas City Ballet is home to Kansas City Ballet School with an enrollment of 1,800 children and adults offering professional training for the career-minded student as well as for those simply seeking a healthy lifestyle.

Through our professional company, its second company (KCB II and Trainees) and its many community service programs such as Reach Out and Dance (ROAD), we seek to nurture and develop our artists, audiences and students in the values inherent in the creativity, diversity and joy of dance.

Our home, the Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity, in conjunction with our Resident Company status at the world-class Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, truly has positioned Kansas City as a Destination for Dance.

Kansas City Ballet

2015-2016 Season at a Glance

The Three Musketeers

Oct. 9-18, 2015 | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Music performed by Kansas City Symphony
A rollicking ballet of swashbuckling, swordplay and daring in the French court of Louis XIII. With every major role danced by men, The Three Musketeers will thrill audiences with magnificent jumps and brilliant bravura. All for one and one for all!

The Three Musketeers Choreography: André Prokovsky Music: Giuseppe Verdi arranged by Guy Woolfenden

The Nutcracker (All-New Production for 2015), Presented by Bank of America

Dec. 5-24, 2015 | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Music performed by Kansas City Symphony

Kansas City Ballet Artistic Director Devon Carney presents an all-new production of this favorite holiday classic. Presented by Bank of America.

The Nutcracker Choreography: Devon Carney Music: Peter I. Tchaikovsky

Swan Lake

Feb. 19-28, 2016 | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Music performed by Kansas City Symphony

This stunning Kansas City premiere production of Swan Lake from Artistic Director Devon Carney, choreographed to the passionate music of Peter I. Tchaikovsky, is a rare opportunity to enjoy one of ballet's true romantic classics.

Swan Lake Choreography: Devon Carney Music: Peter I. Tchaikovsky

after Marius Petipa

New Moves

April 1-9, 2016 | Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity

New Moves is a unique performance event designed to search out, develop and showcase new emerging choreographers both from within Kansas City Ballet and from the national dance scene with names such as Jennifer Archibald, Emery LeCrone, Andrew Skeels and more.

Rite of Spring

May 6-15, 2016 | Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Music performed by Kansas City Symphony

Presenting a world premiere, two Kansas City premieres, and a classic from Adam Hougland.

Petal Choreography: Helen Pickett Music: Philip Glass & Thomas Newman

World Premiere Choreography: Viktor Plotnikov Music: Antonín Dvo?ák

Diving into the Lilacs Choreography: Yuri Possokhov Music: Boris Tchaikovsky

Rite of Spring Choreography: Adam Hougland Music: Igor Stravinsky

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