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Theater Performance for Schools

AileyCamp The Group


Adult Dance Fit

In-School Residencies

Ailey Trio

Second through Sixth Grade Program

Setting the Stage


Ailey II

Benefit 2013


Dear Educator ~
KCFAA serves more than 30,000 school-aged children annually through several exceptional arts education programs.

KCFAA’s programs are offered year-round in Kansas City at area schools, community centers, theaters, and businesses, as well as in the KCFAA studio in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District.

Known for their excellence, KCFAA has received national recognition and reached more than 1 million people in Kansas City and the surrounding communities. KCFAA programs promote artistic awareness, individual creativity, and cooperative team building to students and corporate teams. They also utilize innovative methods of learning and problem solving to achieve specific objectives.

KCFAA looks forward to working with you to meet your arts education and enrichment goals!



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: August, 2013 – May, 2014, during school day
  • Fee: $90 per workshop Year-round!
  • Grades: Kindergarten – 12th
  • Length: 35 – 55 minutes per workshop
  • Requirements: At least one chaperone per workshop
  • The number of workshops is negotiable; 30 students maximum per workshop
  • Standards: 12.2, 12.3, 12.4



Ailey II is universally renowned for merging the spirit and energy of the country’s best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers. Under the direction of Troy Powell, the company will perform diverse works from its repertory, including Alvin Ailey’s Revelations. This fully staged 60-minute dance performance includes lighting, costumes and scenic props.

  • 4 October Performances!
  • Location: Folly Theater
    300 W 12th Street
    Kansas City, MO 64105
  • Dates/Time: 10/9 at 9:30am & 11:30am, 10/10 & 10/11 at 10:30am
  • 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 at your school by a KCFAA Ambassador prior to their Ailey Theater Performance! Students receive information about KCFAA, Alvin Ailey, Ailey II and theater etiquette. To schedule, call KCFAA at 816.471.6003 x1113.



The purchase of a Theater Performance for Schools includes a free 30 minute presentation at your school by a KCFAA Ambassador prior to their Ailey Theater Performance! Students receive information about KCFAA, Alvin Ailey, Ailey II and theater etiquette. To schedule, call KCFAA at 816.471.6003 x1113.



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: October 8, 2013, during school day
  • 1 Day Only!
  • 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



Second through Fourth Grade Program includes elements of classical ballet, modern, jazz, social and African dance. Class is held once per week after school.

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

  • At KCFAA Studio!
  • Dates/Times: September 2013 – May 2014, M – F evenings
  • Fee: Free with a $35.00 Registration Fee (may be waived based on family income)



AileyCamp The Group serves students grades 7 through 12. AileyCamp The Group is an extension of AileyCamp, a nationally acclaimed camp for youth ages 11-14. AileyCamp The Group was established to give AileyCamp graduates an opportunity to continue their dance experience year-round.

At KCFAA Studio!

The mission of AileyCamp The Group is to:

  • Offer movement instruction for AileyCamp Alumni.
  • Create innovative and traditional choreography.
  • Expose students to varied dance techniques and performances.
  • Offer students opportunities to explore our diverse cultural institutions.
  • Deliver personal development instruction through rap sessions and forums.
  • Develop healthy eating and fitness options into lifestyle.

Dates/Times: October 2013 – May 2014, twice per week after school/Saturday

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

Grades: 7th – 12th



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.

  • Dates: September 2013 – May 2014, Summer Session: June 2014-July 2014
  • Time: Thursday 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Saturday 9:00am – 10:00am
  • Length: 1 hour All Year!
  • Fees: Visit



Ailey Trio is an engaging experience for students. The program goals continue Alvin Ailey’s vision of extending dance to the community by exposing students to the art of Modern dance and encouraging active participation in the learning experience. Work ethic, focus, stamina and determination are areas of discussion.

  • Location: Your School
  • Dates/Time: January 6-10, 2014, during school day
  • Fee: $600 per Lecture/Demonstration One week in Jan!
  • 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 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.



This summer day camp introduces youth to dance with instruction in Ballet, Jazz, Modern and Tap. Creative Communications and Personal Development classes, Community Service and Field Trips round out the AileyCamp experience.

  • Location: Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas Public Schools
  • Dates/Time: June 2014 through July 2014 Summer only!
  • Fee: Free
  • Eligibility: Boys and Girls completing 6th and 7th grade in the spring. Students must be residing in Missouri or Kansas. Transportation is provided to students residing within KCPS or KCKPS boundaries. Prior dance training is not a consideration for admission. Interested students may apply online or call KCFAA for an application. Applications accepted January – April, 2014. Enrollment is limited and acceptance is not guaranteed.



~ Details at ~ Summer only!

For more information, contact-Jessica Thompson, 816.471.6003 x1113


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