History

Missouri Contemporary Ballet launched in 2006 with a bold vision that Mid-Missouri – and its vibrant and progressive arts scene – was ready for a professional dance company.

Founded by Karen Mareck Grundy, the Company’s Artistic and Executive Director, MCB has since grown from a handful of dancers and annual performances to a multi-level operation with members, apprentices, and trainees, as well as a not-for-profit school and numerous outreach programs.

A community endeavor from the start, local arts patrons volunteered their time and financial resources to help build the Company from the ground up. Today the working board of local residents continues to play an integral role in MCB operations.

Originally the Company performed and practiced in donated space throughout the area. Today, MCB is headquartered in a dedicated space in the Balsamo Warehouse on Orr Street in downtown Columbia. There we have multiple studios for Company rehearsal and classes for the community, as well as a black box performance studio. We have additional space at the Presser Center for the Performing Arts in Mexico, Missouri.

In addition to local and regional performances, MCB has performed on tour nationally and internationally.

In 2015, as the Company entered its 10th anniversary season, we became a partner of the prestigious University of Missouri Concert Series.

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