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KCFAA Art Education Programs

Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey (KCFAA) has impacted more than a million KC Area youth in its 30-year history with year-round arts programming including our award winning nationally replicated AileyCamp. KCFAA uses the arts to promote academic and artistic excellence, discipline, and success.

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To purchase or schedule a KCFAA School Program or to enroll in a KCFAA Studio Program,

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Dance Workshops 

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An Ailey-trained dancer conducts student workshops on Modern and Jazz techniques, two primary dance forms that shape many of Alvin Ailey’s ballets. The workshop includes warm-up, jazz isolations, floor work, stretching, strengthening and choreographic instruction. Students learn elements of dance (mental alertness, sequencing, listening, following directions, attention to detail) and how they relate to developing successful life skills.

Location: Your school

Dates/Time: January – December, during school day

Fee: $90 per workshop [Negotiable dependent upon the number of scheduled workshops]

Grades: Kindergarten – 12th

Length: 35 – 55 minutes per workshop

Requirements: 30 students maximum per workshop. At least one chaperone per workshop.

*Standards: 1.9, 12.7


Theater Performance for Schools

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater/Ailey II

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, under the direction of Robert Battle, will perform diverse works from the company’s repertory, including Alvin Ailey’s Revelations.  This fully staged 60-minute dance performance includes lighting, costumes and scenic props.

Location: Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 16th and Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64105

Dates/Time: Wednesday, October 22 & Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 9:30am

Fee:  $8.00 per student/FREE 2 Adults per classroom/$8.00 each additional chaperone

Grades: Kindergarten – 12th

Length: 60 Minutes

*Standards: 12.2, 12.3, 12.4, 12.7

This purchase includes a free 30 minute presentation to students by a KCFAA Ambassador prior to their Ailey Theater Performance! Students receive information about KCFAA, Alvin Ailey, Ailey II and theater etiquette.

Schools purchasing a Theater Performance are eligible to apply for the Open Doors Transportation Fund generously provided by the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts for assistance with bus transportation of students to and from the Center.  Apply at:

Your school may be eligible for the Big Yellow School Bus Grant! For additional information visit the Missouri Arts Council website:

Fall 2015- Ailey II, under the direction of Troy Powell, Location-Folly Theater


Lecture Demonstration – Ailey II 

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A limited number of lecture/demonstrations are available during the Ailey II Kansas City fall residency. The program by six of the Company’s young dance talents consists of narration, warm-up exercises and short excerpts from popular pieces of their repertory. The narration includes a brief history of the Company and discussion of the commitment, discipline and hard work involved in becoming a professional dancer, and how it relates to achievement of personal goals. A Q&A session with the dancers concludes the hour.

Location: Your School

Dates/Time: Fall 2015, during school day

Fee: $700 per lecture/demonstration

Grades: 3 – 12th

Requirements: Floor area 20′ x 30′ minimum

Length: 60 minutes

*Standards: 12.2, 12.3, 12.4, 12.7


Ailey Trio [One Week In January]

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Ailey Trio is an engaging 50-minute presentation with three dancers from the internationally acclaimed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performing brief excerpts from its current repertory. The presentation is an exciting blend of lecture, class, and informal performance, designed to provide a comprehensive dance experience that focuses on how an Ailey dancer develops the skills needed for success including the importance of exercise, hard work and artistic expression.  The participants leave with a better understanding of what it takes to become a professional in any field.

 Location:  Your School

Dates/Time: January 12 – 16, 2015, during school day

Fee: $600 per Lecture/Demonstration

Grades: Kindergarten – 8th

Length: 60 minutes

Requirements: Floor area 20’ x 30’ minimum

Recommended maximum audience size: 400 [Minimum one chaperone per classroom]

*Standards: 1.9, 12.1, 12.2, 12.3, 12.4, 12.7


Setting the Stage [One Week In February]

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Setting the Stage is an interactive walk through African-American dance history that takes place during Black History Month. Students learn about historically important dancers and choreographers including Katherine Dunham and Alvin Ailey. This multi-media program combines live performance with narrated slide presentations. Students gain insight into the legacies of great talents as the story of African-American dance is interwoven into the broader tapestry of American history. Students are allowed an opportunity to share what they’ve learned through Q & A sessions during the program.

Location: Your School

Dates/Time: February 23-27, 2015, during school day

Fee: $600 per presentation

Grades: 3rd – 12th

Length: 60 minutes

Requirements: Floor area 20’ x 30’ minimum

*Standards: 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 1.10, 5.2, 5.6, 12.2, 12.5, 13.6



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AileyCamp is an innovative summer program where middle school students are encouraged to explore their budding identities. AileyCamp is a physically and mentally demanding program that uses disciplined dance training, creative writing instruction, personal development, communication workshops, fieldtrips and social activities to develop skills that impact their success. Each AileyCamper receives a full tuition scholarship, as well as uniforms, meals and transportation free of charge. Interested parents and students may apply by in-school recruitment, online at or by calling KCFAA, 816.471.6003.

Location: Kansas City Public Schools / Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools [Building location TBD]

Dates/Time: Early-June through Mid-July [Six Weeks, Mon-Fri, 7:30am-2:30pm]

Fee: Free

Grades: Completing 6th, 7th, 8th

*Standards: 1.6, 1.9, 12.3


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 [2nd through 4th Grade Program, Fifth and Sixth Grade Program, AileyCamp The Group]

 Location: KCFAA Studio, 1714 East 18th Street, Kansas City MO 64108, in the Historic Jazz District.

Dates: September – May  / Times: After school weekdays & Saturdays / Grades: 2nd -12th         

Fee: Free with a $35.00 Registration Fee (may be waived based on family income)

Requirements: Regulated dance attire. Commitment to attend scheduled classes.


2nd through 4th Grade Program

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Includes elements of classical ballet, modern, jazz, social and African dance. Class is held once per week after school.

*Standards: 12.2

Fifth and Sixth Grade Program

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Program includes ballet, jazz dance, nutrition and fitness. Class is held twice per week after school

*Standards: 1.9, 12.2

AileyCamp The Group

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Serves students grades 7 through 12. The program makes accessible a comprehensive dance education program, intended for students to learn and develop primary skill techniques in Ballet, Jazz Dance, and Modern Dance with an emphasis on artistic excellence and merit. Classes are held twice weekly after school and on Saturday, October – May.

*Standards: 1.9, 12.2, 12.3, 12.7


Adult Dance Fit Program

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The Adult Dance Fit movement class promotes health and fitness for adult beginners by combining Ballet or Dunham barre work with Jazz and Modern center floor work. Visit for additional information.

Location: KCFAA Studio, 1714 East 18th Street, Kansas City MO 64108, in the Historic Jazz District

Dates: September 25, 2014 – May 7, 2015

    •  1st Semester: September 25, 2014 – December 18, 2014
    • 2nd Semester: January 8, 2015 – May 7, 2015

Time: Thursday 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Length: 1 Hour

 Fee:  Walk-In Single Class – $12.00/Class      [*Semester Discount – $9.00/Class]

*One class per week for the semester. Must agree to pay the cost of all classes in the semester; Installment plan available upon request. Call 816.471.6003 for additional information.


Summer Master Class Series

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Local and visiting KCFAA teaching artist conduct master classes in Ballet, Modern, Jazz (Hip-Hop) techniques to intermediate and advanced level dance students.

Location: KCFAA Studio, 1714 East 18th Street, Kansas City MO 64108, in the Historic Jazz District.

Dates: June 2, 2015 – July 2, 2015 (Tuesdays and Thursdays)

Time: Tuesday 6:00pm – 8:00pm / Thursday 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Fee: $20.00 Single Class / $70.00 4 Classes / $95.00 6 Classes / $120.00 8 Classes/ $145.00 10 Classes

Length: 2 Hours

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* Standards

1.5 Knows how people depend on, adapt to and change their physical settings.
1.6 Understands that group and cultural influences contribute to human development, identity, and behavior.
1.7 Knows how a culture’s rules reflect its values and beliefs.
1.9 Understands that many skills can be practiced until they become automatic, and that if the right skills are practiced, performance may improve.
5.2 Knows what individuals and groups have played major roles in historical events and what were their aims, challenges and accomplishments.
5.6 Knows the ways that families long ago expressed and transmitted their beliefs and values through oral tradition, literature, songs, art, religion, community celebrations, mementos, food, and language.
12.1 Student uses movement and dance as a means to communicate a feeling, idea or story.
12.2 Understands dance as a way to create and communicate meaning.
12.3 Identifies movement elements and skills in performing dance.
12.4 Understands choreographic principles, processes, and structures.
12.5 Understands dance in various cultures and historical periods.
12.7 Applies critical and creative thinking skills in dance
13.6 Understands how the elements of music are used in various genres and cultures.

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