Kansas City Ballet Association
Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity
500 West Pershing Road
Kansas City MO 64108-1208
Kansas City Ballet Sleeping Beauty
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 931-2232
Mission Statement

The Mission of Kansas City Ballet is to establish the organization as an indispensable asset of the Kansas City community through exceptional performances, excellence in dance training and community education programs for all ages. Our vision ... Kansas City Ballet:  Making Kansas City a destination for dance.

CEO/Executive Director Mr. Jeffrey J. Bentley
Board Chair Ms. Julia Irene Kauffman
Board Chair Company Affiliation Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1957
Former Names
State Ballet of Missouri
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement

The Mission of Kansas City Ballet is to establish the organization as an indispensable asset of the Kansas City community through exceptional performances, excellence in dance training and community education programs for all ages. Our vision ... Kansas City Ballet:  Making Kansas City a destination for dance.

Background Statement
Kansas City Ballet, a professional company of 30 dancers (plus KCB II – a second company of six and Trainee group of 10) was incorporated in 1957 by Tatiana Dokoudovska to serve Greater Kansas City. Under the direction of Artistic Director Devon Carney and Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley, the Ballet is one of the most artistically dynamic and financially sound performing arts institutions of its size in the country. Besides a series of performances for more than 65,000 people a year at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and the Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity, we are proud of our Kansas City Ballet School (about 2,000 youth and adult students) and our community-education program, which reaches more than 24,000 annually.
Kansas City Ballet has earned the respect of the national dance community as well as the city and region as an organization devoted to excellence, committed to the best interests of its artists and willing to take artistic risks even as it protects and secures its financial resources.
The late Todd Bolender, a former dancer with the New York City Ballet and protégé of George Balanchine, established Kansas City Ballet’s artistic focus. Artistic Director Devon Carney joined the company in July 2013, replacing William Whitener, who spent the previous 17 years with the company.
Impact Statement
The impressive growth of Kansas City Ballet in terms of artistic excellence and general organizational health has been significant - especially over the past six years - spurred by the opening of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and the Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity in 2011. In completion of our 59th season last year, we achieved a positive year-end close for the sixth consecutive fiscal period. Our cash reserve remains healthy. Our endowment has experienced gains.
With the introduction of popular story ballets five years ago, our earned income through ticket sales, along with the employment of "dynamic demand" pricing policies, has soared. Under the strong and entrepreneurial leadership of a new school director three years ago, the school enrollment has experienced a marked increase as has concomitant tuition revenue. The overall standard of training has been upgraded and the results are clear to parents and casual observers alike. The school has added a program titled "Adaptive Dance" dedicated to children with physical or learning challenges to ensure they are not denied access to the joys of movement. At the urging of many Kansas City Ballet School parents, we have introduced a daytime training program which has added considerable opportunity to accelerate the training of especially gifted young students.
Under the inspired artistic direction of Devon Carney, in his fifth year in that role, the company has produced a string of highly successful ballets, notably a completely re-imagined The Nutcracker, a well-received presentation of The Sleeping Beauty and a celebrated mixed repertory at season's end. Our second company continues to provide valuable community-oriented programming as well as serving as corps de ballet ensemble for our larger productions. We remain committed to nurturing professional dancers who are more reflective of our community's ethnic and racial makeup.
Goals for the coming year include continued artistic growth, continued financial stability, and continued regional strength and national presence.
Needs Statement
  1. Increase the level of individual contributions to support artistic and educational initiatives.
  2. Increase subscriber base to support performances in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
  3. Engage more corporations to support the Ballet.
Service Categories
Performing Arts Schools
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

Kansas City Ballet continues to excel in producing the highest quality performance on stage while offering excellent training for both young dancers with professional intention and others simply seeking outstanding instruction in the art form for avocational interests. While this company has a long history in reaching out to our community with programs apart from the stage, that commitment has been redoubled by the hiring of a fulltime Community Engagement staff manager. Our School Director has expanded our training program by adding a strong daytime division for high school age students focused on a professional career in dance, as well as encouraging them to measure their abilities on a national scale through active participation in the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP).

In October of this year, we retained a highly experienced Chief Development Officer to guide both the operational fundraising needs required annually as well as partner with our board to design and implement a major campaign to increase our endowment.

Our senior leadership team includes our CEO (20 years with KCB), General Manager (34 years) and Production Manager (20 years). KCB’s artistic director began his fifth year with the company and continues to make remarkable positive change in the artistic and programming areas of the company.

Our company currently has 30 union-affiliated dancers plus our second company, KCB II.

The roster of artists in our company represent countries from around the globe – Brazil, Italy, China, Cuba, France, as well as from cities across the nation.

The company continues to excel in the presentation of the great classic story ballets such as Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty while also presenting the finest choreographers in our series of shorter works.

The company has completed its most recent fiscal year with a small surplus and a ‘clean’ audit.


  • Romeo & Juliet - Oct. 13-22, 2017 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Choreography: Devon Carney (company premiere). Music: Sergei Prokofiev.
  • The Nutcracker - Nov. 22-26, 2017 at The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC. Twenty-one performances and two student matinees, Dec. 7-24, 2017 at the Kauffman Center. Choreography: Devon Carney. Music: Peter Tchaikovsky.
  • “New Moves” - Feb. 15-18, 2018 at the Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity. Choreography: Various (all world premieres).
  • “Diamonds” - Apr. 6-8, 2018 at the Kauffman Center.
  • “The Man in Black” - Apr. 13-15, 2018 at the Kauffman Center. Recorded music.
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - May 11-20, 2018 at the Kauffman Center.

Unless otherwise noted, music by the Kansas City Symphony.

Program Budget $2,095,830.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Dance Performances
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Short-term success is being achieved with increased subscription and single ticket sales to our repertory performances. This provides stability for the company and a foundation from which to build audiences.
Long-Term Success The long-term success for this program is measured in the overall increase in audiences for the Ballet and for the arts in general in Kansas City. Success also means the fulfillment of Artistic Director Devon Carney's vision for the company, which is to present a variety of styles of ballet from traditional to neo-classical to contemporary. Carney is also dedicated to presenting new works to Kansas City audiences. This is achieved only through community involvement and support at all levels.
Program Success Monitored By Monitoring is accomplished through ticket sales reports. Reports for subscription sales are made weekly and even daily so that course corrections can be made. Single ticket sales are reported on a daily basis so that additional promotions can be made to increase sales.
Examples of Program Success
Reviews of last year's The Sleeping Beauty:
  • “KC Ballet presents opulent The Sleeping Beauty in company premiere.” – The Kansas City Star
  • “I have no doubts of the upward trajectory of this company; Kansas City Ballet is on its way to achieving a top-level premiere status.” – PerformINK Kansas City

December 7-24, 2017, our third season of the re-imagined The Nutcracker promises to be traditional yet boisterous and adventurous.  Public performances and reduced-ticket price school matinees of the holiday classic will be presented at the Kauffman Center. More than 200 students from the Kansas City Ballet School will take to the stage with the professional company, accompanied by the Kansas City Symphony conducted by the Ballet's Music Director Ramona Pansegrau.

The 23rd Annual Sugar Plum Fairy Children's Ball, on Saturday, December 9, adds even more sparkle while raising funds for the Kansas City Ballet School. It features a marketplace experience, beautiful decor, lunch, dancing, and photos with the Sugar Plum Fairy. Tickets are available through the KCB box office.

Program Budget $736,270.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Dance Performances
Population Served Families, General/Unspecified,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success The holidays are a busy time. Maintaining and even increasing ticket sales is important to the health of the Ballet. Revenue from ticket sales for Nutcracker this year is expected to exceed $2 million. Nutcracker ticket sales make up half of all ticket sales for the Ballet in any given year. Annual attendance of greater than 35,000 is anticipated. 
Long-Term Success

The Nutcracker has been a holiday tradition for Kansas City families for more than 40 years. Kansas City Ballet is dedicated to keeping this performance fresh so that it continues to be a meaningful part of the holidays. The Nutcracker also gives more than 200 Kansas City Ballet School students the opportunity to perform on stage with KCB's professional dancers. 

Program Success Monitored By The bulk of KCB's advertising and marketing budget is spent on Nutcracker. From early autumn on, weekly and daily ticket sales reports are reviewed to track sales so that additional marketing can be done if needed. 
Examples of Program Success The fact that The Nutcracker is an annual tradition for many Kansas City families leads to great program success. Annual attendance varies from year to year, but continues to be strong despite increased competition. Nutcracker remains a highlight of the Kansas City holiday season. Ticket sales are stable. The joy continues to grow. 

Providing excellence in dance training since 1981, Kansas City Ballet School serves about 2,000 youth and adults annually. The school has two campuses: downtown at the Todd Bolender Center and in Johnson County at 94th Terrace and Nall.

The Academy Division serves the needs of pre-professional students from creative movement and pre-ballet through high school. KCBII and Trainees are also part of the school, providing a training path from toddler to the cusp of a professional career.

Recreational dance students, both children and adults, can experience the joy of dance through Studio Classes including ballet, jazz, flamenco, tap, Pilates and others. Academy students may audition for Kansas City Ballet's annual production of The Nutcracker and other shows, and also perform in a spring show at the Kauffman Center. In the summer, KCBS offers a 5-week intensive ballet program, which attracts students from as far away as Alaska. The Kansas City Youth Ballet offers additional performance opportunities to upper level students throughout the year. Students may audition to participate and gain additional, valuable performance experience.

Program Budget $1,635,521.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Dance Instruction
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), Adults,
Short-Term Success Short-term success is continued growth of our school while maintaining the appropriate student/teacher ratio (approx. 20:1). Our facilities downtown at 500 West Pershing at the Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity and in Johnson County allow KCBS to continue to grow its program in both the Academy and Studio divisions.
Long-Term Success
Kansas City Ballet hopes that as many of our students who want a professional career achieve it. Our training will give them the foundation for a career in many forms of dance. Realistically, however, we know that it will only be a small percentage who actually become professional dancers. Therefore, our long-term success is more practically measured in students who grow to become supporters of the arts and well-rounded citizens and leaders in our community.
Another means to achieve long-term success is to measure the quality of our leadership, instructors, and curriculum.  We were pleased to welcome Grace Maudell Holmes as Director of Kansas City Ballet School three years ago.  Holmes brings great experience in performance with the San Francisco, Birmingham (Royal), and New Orleans Ballets as well as experience from the University of Texas as Professor of Dance.
Program Success Monitored By Success is monitored in several ways:  enrollment in the Academy; enrollment in the Summer Intensive Program; enrollment in Studio Classes; and where students go after leaving our school and whether they are prepared to pursue the career they would like. 
Examples of Program Success
Our Daytime Program for students in the Upper School allows students to study in a comprehensive course of study that compacts 20-25 hours of dance per week into five days of classes, with dedicated time for Academic study. Daytime programs attract students who are serious about becoming professional dancers. Kansas City Ballet is the first professional ballet school in the Midwest to provide a full-day ballet program for elementary- and secondary-aged students.
To increase visibility of Kansas City Ballet School, the School now participates in the ‘Olympics’ of dance, Youth America Grand Prix. This year 32 of our students participated in the Regional semi-finals competition. Eighteen were selected to continue on to the Finals in New York City, one of the most prestigious ballet competitions in the world. Of those 18 finalists, two received awards, including full scholarships to summer programs (Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Houston Ballet).

Through several on-going outreach programs, local children and adults get an inside look at the world of ballet. Last year Kansas City Ballet served more than 24,000 children and adults in greater Kansas City through our community education programs.

Another outreach program is our annual KC Dance Day at which we open the Bolender Center free of charge to the community to experience the world of dance. Attendees have the opportunity to take free dance classes such as ballet, jazz, tap and Zumba; enjoy performances from local dance troupes from throughout the city and see first-hand a working rehearsal by Kansas City Ballet company dancers.

Program Budget $186,586.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other General Arts Education
Population Served General/Unspecified, K-12 (5-19 years), Adults
Short-Term Success

Short-term success is measured in the increased number of pre-performance workshops and lectures, students attending special matinee performances, lecture-demonstrations we are asked to do, as well as an increase in the variety of programs offered. KC Dance Day reaches approximately 1,800 participants - many of whom have never been to a dance performance.

With the addition of new programs, we have increased the number of participants. KCB reached more than 24,000 individuals with its programs last year - a significant increase over the year before.

Long-Term Success

The more people know about an art form, the greater will be their enjoyment. Our long-term goal with outreach programs is to grow audiences' knowledge, and therefore love, of dance; ballet in particular. The success of our programs will result in increased audiences. Long-term success lies with our children's programs, which may take a decade or longer to show results. The more children know about the arts, the more likely they will be to become arts patrons.

Program Success Monitored By

Progress is monitored by keeping a record of the total number of people reached through community education programs and the number of programs presented. We currently average 24,000 participants annually and offer more than 15 different programs.

Examples of Program Success

Last year KCB reached more than 24,000 people with its community education programs. We offer programs designed for people who are pre-school age through seniors, including Dancer for a Day for elementary children and the Belger Footnotes Series prior to each performance.


Reach Out And Dance (ROAD) Residency is either a 12- or 24-week dance and movement class for third and fourth graders. The program is taught in the classroom by professional dancers (with live piano accompaniment) for one hour each week. Music and lesson content are coordinated with teachers to integrate with curriculum and comply with state education standards, while focusing on dance.

In our new ROAD Scholarship Program, beginning this year, up to 112 children from 16 ROAD Residency participant schools will be selected to study dance at the Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity during the school day.
In partnership with Kansas City, Missouri Public School district and Turner Unified School (KS) district, transportation will be provided by the school districts from January to April to students who have excelled during the ROAD Residencies the previous fall (September to December). These 112 ROAD Scholars will attend two classes per week at the Bolender Center. 
Program Budget $133,000.00
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Dance
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), ,
Short-Term Success

Short-term success is measured in the number of students who have a positive experience with this program. This evaluation is done annually through a student survey.

Long-Term Success

Long-term success for this program will include a continued partnership with current schools that have integrated ROAD into their curriculum. An even longer-term outcome is that ROAD students develop a lifelong love and support of the arts, and achieve success in life.

Program Success Monitored By

Evaluations are done at the end of each year by students, their teachers and the ROAD instructors. ROAD instructors also keep a log of the progress of each student.

Examples of Program Success
Results from the past academic year demonstrate strong success:
  • 61% of students participating in ROAD made improvements in grades.
  • 53% of students participating in ROAD improved their focus and concentration.
  • 68% of students in ROAD improved teamwork skills.
We served 611 third and fourth grade students this past year through ROAD.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Jeffrey J. Bentley
Term Start Jan 1998
Experience Jeffrey Bentley has been involved in dance and theater for 30+ years as performer, administrator, festival director, presenter, teacher and consultant. A graduate of the University of Washington, Mr. Bentley has directed Seattle Repertory Theater, North Light Theater in Evanston, Illinois, the Dance Center of Columbia College in Chicago, the Eugene Ballet Company in Oregon and Dance Aspen Festival & School in Colorado. In 1992, he became executive director of Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet. During his tenure, a million dollar accumulated deficit was erased and a permanent endowment was initiated. He returned to America and became Managing Director of Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle prior to his arrival in Kansas City. Mr. Bentley has been a panelist & site visitor for NEA, the Illinois & Colorado Arts Councils & a dance panelist for the Missouri Arts Council. He has consulted for the Foundation for the Extension & Development of the American Professional Theater.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
Mr. Martin Cohen Jan 1989 - Jan 1998
Ms. Claudette Donlan Jan 1987 - Dec 1988
Senior Staff
Title General Manager
Experience/Biography A native Kansas Citian, Mr. Amey has served as the Company and Tour Booking Manager since 1983. He was promoted to General Manager in 1998. Mr. Amey has held positions as Company Manager on tour with Missouri Repertory Theatre, and Production Manager with Creede Repertory Theatre in Colorado. He is a graduate of Avila College and has attended graduate studies at UMKC in Theatre Arts. Mr. Amey has served on a variety of local, state and regional panels including the Missouri Arts Council Tour Advisory Panel and Touring Task Force, as well as the Steering Committee and Grant Awards Panel for the Kansas City Chapter of Young Audiences.
Title CFO
Experience/Biography George Hans, Chief Financial Officer for the Kansas City Ballet, received a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri and an MBA in Finance from UMKC.  Prior to his current position with the Kansas City Ballet, he served as Vice-President of Finance and Administration for the Mid-America Chapter of the National MS Society for two and one-half years and Chief Financial/Operations Officer for Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph for eleven years. 
Title Music Director

Kansas City Ballet music director Ramona Pansegrau comes to Kansas City via the Boston and Tulsa ballet companies, where she held the positions of principal pianist, solo pianist, music director, and conductor respectively. 


She has been called one of the best ballet pianists in the world. Robert Joffrey said of her ballet class, “The perfect music for every combination.” She was music director for Tulsa Ballet for nine years, and conductor of the Tulsa Symphony orchestra for ballet performances before she became the Kansas City Ballet music director in October of 2006. She was principal pianist/solo pianist for ten years at the Boston Ballet and tenured keyboard for the Boston Ballet Orchestra for fifteen years. Pansegrau was on the faculty at Aspen/Snowmass Dance Festival for eleven years, served on the faculty and as music director of five International Ballet Competitions, taught at the Boston Conservatory, and guest conducted at the New England Conservatory.


As a piano soloist for ballet, she has performed the piano concertos of Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Gottschalk, Hindemith, and Chopin to name a few, performing with many symphony orchestras, including the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra. Of her performances, the Boston Phoenix stated “the music...brought to sublime heights by pianist Ramona Pansegrau, allow[ed] you to experience the music anew each time.” Her arrangements of ballets are now in the repertory of the Western Australia Ballet, Charleston Ballet Theatre, Tulsa Ballet, Louisville Ballet, and the San Carlo Opera House in Italy.


As conductor, Pansegrau conducted the premiere of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra in Tulsa, Oklahoma with full-length Sleeping Beauty, starring Italian ballerina Viviana Durante. Her performances were hailed as “giving life to the music and energizing the dancers. Known internationally as an expert in the field of ballet music, Miss Pansegrau works with ballet companies around the world – most recently, the State Ballet of (the republic of) Georgia, with Nina Anaiashvili. Currently, Miss Pansegrau is also musical director of The Ballet School of Jacob’s Pillow, and for the XII International Ballet Competition.
Title Artistic Director

Kansas City Ballet named Devon Carney as its Artistic Director in July 2013. Devon came to Kansas City from the Cincinnati Ballet, where he was Associate Artistic Director.  He served as Ballet Master for Boston Ballet from 1998 to 2003. He was a professional dancer for two decades, chiefly with Boston Ballet, where he performed leading roles in well-known classics such as Giselle, SwanLake, Don Quixote, The Sleeping Beauty and Raymonda Act III


Mr. Carney was appointed Artistic Director of Boston Ballet Summer Dance Program in 1994 and served in this capacity for nine years. Teaching credits include Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, Arizona Ballet Summer Program, Boston Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Guangzhou Ballet of China, Houston Ballet Summer Program and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.


He has toured extensively throughout Europe, United States, Mexico, and Asia with such greats as Rudolph Nureyev, Fernando Bujones and Cynthia Gregory. In 1994, Mr. Carney was the non-competing partner of the Senior Division Bronze Medalist at the Jackson International Ballet Competition.


He has choreographed many works in the classical genre, including the ballets Opus II and Interlude for Boston Ballet; Acts 2 and 4 of the full length Swan Lake for Cincinnati Ballet, and Giselle for Cincinnati Ballet. He recently created a new version of the full length version of the world renowned Sleeping Beauty to great critical acclaim.
In the spring of 2013 he had the opportunity to choreograph two works back to back for Cincinnati Ballet.  The first was Concerto #4 in March of 2013.  The second, which closed the 2012-13 season, was Boot It Up!This was performed with the live musical accompaniment of rock-and-roll legend Peter Frampton and his entire band, and hailed as a tremendous high point in the Cincinnati performing-arts scene.
Title Ballet Master
A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Kristi's ballet training includes the School of American Ballet, Harid Conservatory and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. While at UNCSA, she was chosen to study and perform with the Hungarian State Ballet School in Budapest, Hungary. Upon her graduation, Kristi was a member of the Atlanta Ballet for three seasons and then joined Cincinnati Ballet.
Rising quickly through the ranks to Principal, Mrs. Capps delighted audiences in many lead roles including Swanhilda in Coppelia, Kitri in Don Quixote, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Giselle in Giselle, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cinderella in Cinderella and Diamond in George Balanchine’s Jewels. Her repertoire also includes works by choreographers such as Twyla Tharp, Val Caniparoli, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Trey McIntyre, Kirk Peterson, Stanton Welch and Jorma Elo.
In 2002, Kristi danced the role of the Sleepwalker in the recreation of George Balanchine’s La Sonnambula under the direction of Frederic Franklin, CBE for the Balanchine Trust Archives. Mrs. Capps also danced as a principal with the Chautauqua Ballet Company in New York under the direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux. In 2008, she performed the leading role in George Balanchine’s Chaconne with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. As a guest artist, she performed with many ballet companies and galas such as the International Ballet Festival of Miami, Florida, International Dance Festival in Vail, Colorado, and with Angel Corella and Stars of American Ballet in Spain. Kristi performed original works by Luca Veggetti at New York City’s Guggenheim Museum “Works in Process” series as well additional works of Veggetti’s with the Morphoses dance company in Paris, France.
As a teacher she has been part of the faculties of the Cincinnati Ballet Academy, Colorado Ballet Academy, Sweatshop Dance, and Colorado Conservatory of Dance, as well as guest taught at Universities and ballet academies throughout the Country. Additionally, Kristi is a representative ambassador for “Be Present” a Colorado based yoga apparel company. Kristi served as ballet mistress in residence for Kansas City Ballet’s 2013-2014 season during the production of Dracula as well as a reppetitor for its Spring Production of Cinderella.
Title Kansas City Ballet School Director

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, she began her ballet training with Audrey Maduell, Lelia Haller and Harvey Hysell. She was a soloist with New Orleans Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet, England. Her repertoire includes over 100 ballets spanning both classical and modern genres, including ballets by Balanchine, Tudor, McKayle, Forsythe, Petipa, Taylor, and Christensen. She created leading roles with choreographers of international fame: Bintley, Morris, Kudelka, York, Redha, Tomasson, Way, and Caniparoli, and has performed at major theaters across the globe including the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House, The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Lincoln Center in NYC, the Royal Opera House in London and Paris Garnier Opera House.

After retiring from the stage, she worked in Education and Outreach for Birmingham Royal Ballet Education and became the Ballet Education Manager for the Royal Opera House in London, England, where she implemented and managed numerous community and educational projects across the UK. Upon returning to the United States, she became Academy Director for Tapestry Dance Company and was a Professor of Dance at University of Texas at Austin. She completed teacher training with David Howard and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and has taught students age 6-80 for over 20 years in the US and UK. She holds a Master’s Degree in Dance in Education and the Communityfrom University of Birmingham, England. She is thrilled to be joining Kansas City Ballet.

Title Director of Marketing
Experience/Biography David joined Kansas City Ballet in spring 2015. He is a solid marketer, analyst and planner with considerable experience in the arts. He recently served as Director of Marketing for the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Ind. There he led branding and marketing strategies for a new $175 million, three-venue performing arts center and museum. His background includes serving as Marketing Director for the Milwaukee Repertory Theater and Marketing Manager for the Milwaukee Chamber Theater.
Title Community Engagement and Education Manager

April Berry, dance director, master teacher, educator and former internationally acclaimed dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, is a native New Yorker. She has worked closely with many of the most celebrated choreographers and dance artists of the 20th century. April has been actively involved in the field of dance education and arts outreach since 1992. She has created award-winning community outreach programs and presented at various dance conferences. She has served as Director of Education and Outreach for North Carolina Dance Theatre, (now the Charlotte Ballet) from 2006-2013, and as Director of Education and Community Programs for BalletMet Columbus, from 2001-2006. Ms. Berry was appointed Artistic Director of Dallas Black Dance Theatre in August 2014 and served in that capacity during their 38th season.


Jennifer Wampler’s longtime relationship with KCB started as an intern in 1990 when she was working on her MBA at UMKC. She then became an employee from 1992 to 1995 serving as the Ballet’s manager of audience development. She spent most of the next 9 years working at UMKC’s School of Pharmacy before coming back to the Ballet in 2005 as Development Director.

In 2012 after leading a highly successful capital campaign for the Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity and helping drive kick off events like the first KC Dance Day in 2011 which established the Bolender Center as a community asset, she again parted ways for another exciting project.

She led the capital campaign for UMKC’s Downtown Campus for the Arts for the Conservatory of Music and Dance which is planned to locate just south of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Ms. Wampler assumed the role of Chief Development Officer in September 2017.

Title KCB II Manager

Ryan Jolicoeur-Nye was born in Maine and began his training with Andrei Bossov. Upon graduating from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Mr. Nye danced for Festival Ballet Providence, Eugene Ballet Company and Ballet Idaho. Mr. Nye was chosen to participate in the 2005 Banff Summer Arts Festival where he created roles in Sabrina Matthews' Losing Ground and Peter Quanz's Quanz by Quanz. He has been featured in Jessica Lang's Splendid Isolations, Jerome Robbins' Fancy Free and Michael Pink's Dracula. He has performed Ballets by Hans van Manen, Rudy van Dantzig, Vicente Nebrada, Mark Godden, Jodie Gates and George Balanchine. Mr. Nye retired from Kansas City Ballet after the 2015-2016 season.

Paid Full-Time Staff 69
Paid Part-Time Staff 87
Volunteers 450
Paid Contractors 82
Retention Rate 96%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 91
Hispanic/Latino 4
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 71
Male 29
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Kansas City Ballet collaborates with a number of agencies and organizations on a consistent basis.  These include: 
  • Kansas City Symphony
  • Kansas City Repertory Theatre
  • Lyric Opera of Kansas City
  • Nelson Atkins Museum of Art
  • The Liberty Memorial / World War I Museum
  • Union Station
  • Black Archives of Mid-America Kansas City
  • Kansas City Public Library
  • Mid-Continent Public Library 
In addition, we partner each year with local elementary schools for the implementation of Reach Out And Dance. 
Invited to perform in Evening Stars FestivalJoyce Theatre - New York2006
Invited to perform in the inaugural Ballet Across AmericaJohn F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts2008
Historic Preservation AwardAmerican Institute of Architects Kansas City2011
Historic Restoration - Repair Project AwardInternational Concrete Repair Institute - Great Plains Chapter2011
Project of the YearInternational Concrete Repair Institute - Great Plains Chapter2011
Excellence Award for Adaptive ReuseHistoric Kansas City Foundation2011
Capstone Award, Architectural DesignKansas City Business Journal2012
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments

Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Julia Irene Kauffman
Company Affiliation Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation
Term July 2017 to June 2019
Board Members
Ms. Anna Allen Community Leader
Mrs. Evelyn Craft Belger Belger Cartage Service
Mr. Jeffrey J. Bentley Kansas City Ballet
Ms. Claire Brand Hallmark Cards, Inc.
Mr. Michael Bray XLRight
Ms. Kirsten Byrd Husch Blackwell Sanders LLP
Mr. Devon Carney Kansas City Ballet
Mr. Vince Clark Creative Planning
Dr. Thomas Curran Children's Mercy Hospital
Mr. Steve Doyal Community Leader
Mr. Michael Frost PhD.Continental Steel
Ms. Shirley Bush Helzberg Community Leader
Ms. Julia Irene Kauffman Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation
Ms. Begonya Klumb UMB Healthcare Services
Ms. Siobhan McLaughlin Lesley Walz Tetrick Advertising
Mrs. Susan Lordi Marker Community Leader
Mr. Steve McDowell BNIM
Ms. Kathleen Nemechek Berkowitz Oliver LLP
Mr. Stephen Peppes Delta Dental of Kansas
Mr. Rick Poccia Great Western Bank
Ms. Cindy Rock Dex Media
Ms. Cici Rojas The Central Exchange
Ms. Gigi Rose Community Leader
Mr. Jack D. Rowe Lathrop & Gage LLP
Mr. G. Mark Sappington J.D.
Ms. Linda Shoare Challenger Sports
Mr. Kent Stallard J.D.Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP
Ms. Kathy Stepp Stepp & Rothwell
Ms. Barbara Storm Community Leader
Ms. Angela Walker Community Leader
Mr. Thomas Whittaker JE Dunn
Mr. Jean-Paul Wong Contract Furnishings
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 29
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 15
Female 17
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 65%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 9
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Advisory Board Members
Ms. Devette Ashley Community Volunteer
Ms. Vicki Baxter Community Volunteer
Ms. Sue Ann Fagerberg Community Volunteer
Ms. Lisa Glassman Community Volunteer
Ms. Darcy Howe KC Rise Fund
Dr. John D. Hunkeler Hunkeler Eye Institute PA
Ms. Suzi Kilbride Community Volunteer
Ms. Linda Lighton Ceramic Artist
Ms. Marsha Moseley Community Volunteer
Ms. Sherrill Mulhern Community Volunteer
Ms. Jeannette Nichols Community Volunteer
Ms. Wendy Powell Community Volunteer
Ms. Sally Quinn Community Volunteer
Ms. Ginny Shackelford Community Volunteer
Mr. Michael Thiessen Husch Blackwell
Ms. Elizabeth Wilson Asiatica
CEO Comments

The Governance leadership team remains strong and constant. We are vigilant in our commitment to building a diverse Board, and have made progress in that regard. Julia Irene Kauffman continues in her dynamic role as our Chairman.

Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $9,558,858
Projected Expenses $9,542,045
Endowment Value $10,000,000
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 5
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2016, 2015: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • FYE 6/30/2014: Financial information reported using the organization's audited financial statements.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$27,683
Individual Contributions----$602,874
Investment Income, Net of Losses$232,920$90,834$1,115,380
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$262,036$269,342$0
Revenue In-Kind$60,736$48,113$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$8,121,617$7,371,727$5,718,540
Administration Expense$1,661,397$1,233,465$3,137,872
Fundraising Expense$820,850$773,943$442,580
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.081.271.09
Program Expense/Total Expenses77%79%61%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue15%11%10%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$15,519,473$15,074,663$11,906,396
Current Assets$3,176,939$3,697,205$11,121,826
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$1,339,477$1,351,322$954,636
Total Net Assets$14,179,996$13,723,341$10,951,760
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.372.7411.65
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountMuriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation $1,825,000 -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountKansas City Ballet Guild $335,000 -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountHallmark Corporate Foundation $109,132 -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments

Organization Name Kansas City Ballet Association
Address Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity
500 West Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 641081208
Primary Phone (816) 931-2232
Contact Email info@kcballet.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Jeffrey J. Bentley
Board Chair Ms. Julia Irene Kauffman
Board Chair Company Affiliation Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation
Year of Incorporation 1957
Former Names
State Ballet of Missouri