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Everyone can understand the language of dance, and in Kansas City, dance ranges from famous classical ballet troupes to amateur folk dance groups. These listings are a sample of the variety of dance available here for patron and participant.

American Dance Center, 11728 Quivira, (913) 451-3020. The official school of The Kansas Regional Ballet, this professional dance center prepares students in ballet, modern, jazz, tap and pantomime.

Kansas City Ballet, 1601 Broadway, (816) 931-2232. Professional resident ballet company presenting classical and contemporary works at the Midland and Lyric Theaters, October-April, plus the holiday favorite, “The Nutcracker.” Pre-professional ballet training is available

Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, 218 Delaware, (816) 471-6003. A support group for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble who perform at the Midland Theater. Outreach programs, in-school/after school dance workshops are presented by Ailey dance teachers.

Missouri Town Musicians and Dancers, (816) 373-9147. Performers feature pioneer era music and dancing at scheduled events at Missouri Town 1855 at Lake Jacomo.

Missouri Valley Folklife Society, (816) 691-8717. Offers English Country dancing once a month with live music. Call for location and information.

Westport Ballet School, 3925 Main, (816) 531-4330. A semiprofessional ballet company performing a diverse and energetic repertoire, ranging from classical to contemporary ballet. An annual children’s series is presented each spring at the Folly Theatre, and each summer the company presents its outdoor summer series, “Under the Stars,” in Westport.