Founded in 1957, Kansas City Ballet holds rank amongst the top ballet institutions in the U.S. At its two locations—including one at the newly renovated Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity—the company divides its services between two divisions. On the Academy side, more than 20 instructors utilize their varied performing backgrounds to school aspiring professionals in dance, beginning with children ages 3 and up.
But you don’t have to yearn for the spotlight to tap into Kansas City Ballet’s wisdom. For recreational steppers, or those simply hoping to make trips to the grocery store more interesting by pirouetting down the aisles, the company also features a Studio division aimed at dancers of all ages and abilities. There, fitness and fun get blended into a schedule of classes that includes ballet, Zumba, yoga, jazz and more.
Bodies turn and twirl in the air, suspended from the rafters with colorful silks. Whether during a performance or class, the staff and students of Voler–Thieves of Flight Aerial Academy inspire awe with aerial dance and acrobatics. The academy’s professional ensemble includes ballet and modern dancers, along with circus artists, all of whom add their skills to lofty choreography on swings, silks, and hoops. The Voler ensemble has also performed at more than 30 notable locations including the Kansas city and Chicago fringe festivals and the Kansas City Renaissance Festival.
The academy’s primary purpose is teaching, of course, and three levels of classes instruct participants on the finer points of contorting on silks and practicing spirals, suspension, and falls.
For top-notch performances of historical and contemporary plays, there's no better place in Kansas City than Just Off Broadway Theatre.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Costumes and actors and plays, oh my! Bell Road Barn Players offers engaging theater for you and everyone you know in Kansas City.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Charlie Parker's Grafton saxophone, Louis Armstrong's trumpet, a sequined gown worn by Ella Fitzgerald—at the American Jazz Museum, each of these artifacts represents a mark on a musical timeline. Established in 1997 at 18th and Vine, the museum immerses guests in jazz via several mediums: films, sheet music, album covers, and concert posters, to name a few. Listening stations emit interviews and samples of classic tunes, but to hear entire songs, you can visit Jazz Central, the in-house musical library of more than 100 recordings.
Preserving the jazz stylings of the past is not the museum's only mission, however. At mixing boards, visitors can create their own melodies without bringing their stand-up bass from home. As for live jazz, there are more than 200 yearly performances and events at the museum, such as the annual Kansas City's 18th & Vine Jazz & Blues Festival. There's also the Blue Room—a smoke-free jazz club inside the building itself, where musicians play at least four nights a week.
Costumes and actors and plays, oh my! Mutual Musicians Foundation offers engaging theater for you and everyone you know in Kansas City.
If a bite's all you're after, then you'll want to stop by this theater for a delicious fill of their home-cooked food.
There are plenty of TVs in the bar to go around as well, so customers don't have to worry about missing out on anything.
Treat yourself to your favorite tasty beverage or one of our flavorful signature drinks.
Musical groups perform live at Mutual Musicians Foundation, so tables can perk up with some tunes.
Interested in eating out over the weekend? Keep in mind that the theater gets swamped on Fridays and Saturdays, and service may take longer than expected.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.