Tamara Sanders joined the program with over twenty years of teaching experience. A Former Principal Instructor of the Kansas City Ballet School, Ms. Sanders began her formal ballet training upon the appointment of Artistic Director, Todd Bolender, a first generation Balanchine prodigy. She was also personally selected by Mr. Alvin Ailey and Judith Jamison to study with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York on full scholarship. In addition to her performances with the Kansas City Ballet, Ms. Sanders is a 2010 Pro-Am World Rhythm Champion with her instructor, Louis Bar. Her teaching philosophy emphasizes a strong technical foundation on which to build the rest of the dance. The most rewarding aspect of her teaching career is individual connection with her students and being witness to their development each year.