Academy eNews
School Director Emily Simpson

Letter from the School Director

Dear Kansas City Ballet Parents and Students,

Thank you for joining us for Watch Week in October. I hope you enjoyed observing your child and their class along with the improvements they’ve made in six short weeks. I'm very proud of the students and teachers, and enjoyed the chance to see everyone and visit with your family.

Thanksgiving Break for both the Academy and Studio Divisions will be held Wednesday, Nov. 21 through Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Please remember, even though classes are not being held, Nutcracker rehearsals continue. Please look over your dancer’s schedule carefully, as rehearsals move to the Kauffman Center and into the theater on Nov. 24. I hope you and your family have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Every December I look forward to the lovely Sugar Plum Fairy Luncheon, which to me, symbolizes the opening of The Nutcracker. This year’s theme is Christmas at Clara’s. Whimsical Victorian era decorations, dancing by the Kansas City Youth Ballet, photos with The Sugar Plum Fairy, unique holiday shopping and a delicious three course lunch precede the first performance of The Nutcracker. The luncheon is held at the beautiful Westin Crown Center and afterwards you will be shuttled to the Kauffman Center for the performance. This not-to-be-missed event benefits our school and takes place on Dec. 1, 2012. Please contact the KCB Box Office at 816–931–2232 to purchase tickets.

Sugar Plum Fairy Luncheon Raffle Tickets are now available for purchase at both campuses at the front desk. Prizes include one year’s tuition at our school, the American Girl Doll Caroline, complete with her boat, coat and ice skates, and a custom made Clara Nightgown resembling the one worn in our production! Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. For assistance, at the Johnson County Campus please see Marcus or Ann, and at the Bolender Center please see Lynley or Skyler.

Wishing your family a happy holiday season!

Emily Simpson

Important Information

  • Nutcracker Cast T-shirt Order Forms are due Monday, Nov. 12. Download the order form HERE.
  • Thanksgiving break is Nov. 21-25. Classes will NOT be held during this time.
  • Please notice the new barrels near the front door at the Bolender Center! These are from the Harvesters Community Food Network. Please help us fill the barrels with food and household products that will be distributed to those who need them most. The barrels will be here until Fri. Dec. 14. Feel free to visit their website for more information.

  • Reminder: Students, please remember to wear street clothes and shoes over your dance attire when entering and exiting the building.

Lauren’s Ltd. Editions Jewelry Sale
November 17th 10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Bolender Center

Former Kansas City Ballerina, Lauren Wright, has created limited-edition jewelry for 25 years. Her award-winning designs have sold in boutiques and gift shops across the country. Interestingly, Lauren found her love for jewelry design while pursuing a different artistic career; ballet.  Almost every piece of Lauren’s Ltd. Editions jewelry is one-of-a-kind.  Come shop Lauren's jewelry on Nov. 17 at the Bolender Center. Proceeds benefit Kansas City Ballet School. View Lauren's jewelry on her Facebook page or Etsy shop.

Sugar Plum Fairy Luncheon

Upcoming Events

Dec. 1, Sugar Plum Fairy Luncheon
For more information, please visit our website. Single tickets and tables are on sale now!

Dec. 1-23, The Nutcracker at the Kauffman Center

Christmas Trees Needed

Kansas City Ballet is in need of Christmas trees for decorations for the Sugar Plum Fairy Luncheon on Dec. 1. If you have any Christmas trees that could be borrowed for use at the luncheon, please contact Rene Horne at 816-931-2232 x1346 or

Poster Rolling Help!

Parents, we would appreciate some helping hands to roll The Nutcracker posters that will be handed out at the performances in December. If you would like to volunteer while you're here at the Bolender Center, visit the school front desk or contact Skyler Taylor at 816-931-2299 or

Now Taking Donations

We are accepting donations for leotards, tights and ballet shoes. Please bring in any gently used items that your child has outgrown. You can bring your items to the front desk of your campus.