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The Kansas City Ballet School Summer Intensive Audition

The Kansas City Ballet School Summer Intensive offers a curriculum focused on classical ballet with exposure to a variety of dance disciplines. Our world-class instructors will help prepare students for the demands of a professional career. We educate not just the dancer, but the whole person – through the art of dance.




Activities for Dorm Students

Scholarships and Financial Aid
Important Dates

Employment Opportunities


Admission to Kansas City Ballet School Summer Intensive is by audition only. The five-week program is for students 11-22 years of age (females who have had a minimum of one school year of pointe work). Audition Information

Our National Audition Tour will visit over 20 cities in January and February 2019. Pre-registration is $30; onsite registration is $40. Audition Tour


Students attend classes Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity. Students will showcase their progress in a demonstration on Friday, July 19, 2019 in the Michael and Ginger Frost Studio Theater.

Classes for 2019 may include:
  • Ballet Technique
  • Pointe
  • Repertory
  • Variations
  • Men’s Class
  • Pas de Deux
  • Character
  • Flamenco
  • Modern
  • Jazz
  • Contemporary
  • Hip Hop
  • Improv
  • Conditioning
  • Pilates
  • Yoga
  • Injury Prevention
  • Nutrition
Time Sample Day for Ladies Sample Day for Gentlemen
9:00 – 10:45
11:00 – 12:00
12:00 – 1:00
1:00 – 2:00
2:15 – 3:30
3:45 – 5:00
Ballet Technique
Men’s Technique
Circuit Training
Pas de Deux

Throughout the program gentlemen will have classes on their own and in combination with the ladies. All students will learn repertory that will be shown on the final day of the intensive.


Artistic staff and school faculty of Kansas City Ballet combine to create one of the best summer intensive offerings in the country. Our world-class guest instructors bring additional expertise that is unmatched. Visit our Faculty page to learn more.


Tuition         $2,600
Housing      $2,600
Activities     $350

A non-refundable $300 deposit is required to reserve a place in the program. A non-refundable $300 deposit is required to hold a place in the dormitory. These deposits are applied toward the total tuition/housing costs.
The balance of fees is due by May 17, 2019.


There are multiple housing options for out-of-town students. Previous Summer Intensive dancers have stayed with family or friends in KC, sublet apartments nearby, or resided at the Kansas City Art Institute or University of Missouri-Kansas City as a Dorm Student (ages 12-20).

Attending students who are interested in subletting or who are looking for a roommate, please contact


As our program has grown, so have our housing needs. For 2019, we anticipate housing ladies ages 12-17 at the Kansas City Art Institute, with ages 18-20 at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Gentleman of approximately 12-15 will be in residence at KCAI, with 16 and above at UMKC. Exact specifics are dependent upon enrolled students. The campuses of KCAI and UMKC are less than one mile apart, and are both adjacent to the lovely Country Club Plaza, a shopping and dining district.

  • Supervision: Resident Staff (Dorm Director and Resident Assistants) oversee students with a staff to student ratio of 1:18
  • Transportation: students travel to and from classes and group activities by school bus and passenger van
  • Dining: housing fee includes 19 meals per week; breakfasts and dinners take place in the KCAI Dining Hall (main floor of KCAI Living Center) and weekday lunches are made ahead of time and brought to KCB each day
  • Dorm-type: room set-ups include doubles and a few triples with community-style restrooms at KCAI, and four-person suites with a shared bathroom at UMKC
  • Nearby: students are able to check out in groups to explore campus, visit the nearby art museums, or walk to the Country Club Plaza (10-15 minutes)

The shared living environment requires students to be independent, considerate and responsible. Students are responsible for doing laundry and keeping their rooms and community spaces clean. As part of a larger group, students must act with the community in mind and adhere to all policies set forth for the safety and well-being of everyone.


Students staying in the dorms enjoy numerous activities throughout their time in Kansas City. Group events typically take place on weekends and in past years have included a Kansas City Royals baseball game, Starlight Theatre show, Sporting KC soccer match, Worlds of Fun Amusement Park, shopping at the Legends Outlets and more.

Group events are required for all dorm students and are covered by the $350 activity fee. The fee includes all tickets, transportation and some meals.

Optional activities are also provided by the Resident Staff during the program such as a scavenger hunt, movie nights, and a chat with college dancers.


KCBS offers a limited amount of merit scholarships and need-based financial aid for the Summer Intensive.

Merit scholarships are awarded based on the audition and students receiving them will be notified in their acceptance letter. There is no application process. Merit scholarships must be accepted by the date listed in their acceptance letter.

Please do not submit an application until you have received acceptance to the Kansas City Ballet Summer Intensive.

Financial Aid Application coming soon!



Admitted students must secure their spot in the program based on the following schedule:

If you auditioned on this date: Your registration and deposits must be received by this date:
January 4, 5, 6  February 6
January 12, 13 February 13
January 18, 19, 20 February 20
January 26, 27 February 27
February 2 March 6
February 16, 17 March 20

Admitted students who auditioned by video will be notified in their acceptance email of their deadlines for submitting registration and deposits.

The program will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.


Tuesday, December 4, 2018 – Audition Tour Pre-Registration opens
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 – Video Auditions due
Friday, May 17, 2019 – Balance of Fees due
Sunday, June 16, 2019 – Move-In Day

  • Arrival and Check-in for Dorm Students at KCAI/UMKC
  • Dorm Student/Parent Orientation at KCAI
  • Optional Bolender Center Open House for Dorm and Day Students and families

Monday, June 17, 2019 – First Day of Classes

  • Student Orientation at Bolender Center
  • Placement Classes for Students

Friday, July 19, 2019 – Final Day of Classes

  • Studio Demonstrations at Bolender Center
  • Checkout for Dorm Students at KCAI/UMKC by 5:00 pm

More detailed information will be provided to students once their registration is complete.


We are currently looking for applicants for our Resident Assistant positions with KCBS. Please note that our RAs be at least 21 years of age. Follow the link and fill out the application form if you are interested in this opportunity.

Resident Assistant Application

For more information about Kansas City Ballet’s Summer Intensive, contact Kansas City Ballet School at 816.931.2299 or



Kansas City Ballet


1601 Broadway Blvd.
Kansas City, MO, 64108
United States


Contact name: 
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Tuition $2,600 Housing $2,600 Activities $350


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