This article summarized Bolender's contribution to dance in Kansas City:
Bolender was 66 and the company was 24 years old. But according to news reports quoting ballet officials, the troupe was surviving “hand to mouth” and would have to hustle to come up with a $275,000 budget for Bolender’s first year.
Bolender started from scratch. He had to audition dancers. He had to find new studio space. And he had to talk to the public at every opportunity to sell the people on the importance of a world-class ballet company.
Bolender’s decision to come here turned out to be one of the most important events in this town’s cultural life in the 20th century.