BYB Tuition Assistance: BYB needs a minimum of $5000/year to support tuition assistance programs for students.
BYB Facilities: We have a 9,000 sq. ft. high-quality training space. We are looking to become more green in our facility which includes substantial capitol expense to replace light fixtures with energy efficient fixtures (quote $4000) and large overhead fans for air circulation (quote $6000).
Community Outreach: Specific plans are underway for a BYB satellite program in Fayette County’s 11thDistrict (Cardinal Valley) where an est. 90% of school age youth qualify for free/reduced lunch. Many families have transportation challenges which may prevent youth from seeking out arts related experiences. $30,000 is needed to fund this Bilingual (Spanish and English) Ballet program located in the Cardinal Valley area. Space has been donated.
At BYB, the staff teaches not only ballet technique, but alongside it, its artistry and maintains a strong emphasis on building self-esteem, confidence, body awareness, mind and heart as well as team work. The students learn to compete against themselves by becoming the best dancer they can be. They learn to work together in a class and organically learn to deal with disappointment and success, hard work and time management. When the dancers participate in productions, they learn to feel the importance of being part of something bigger than themselves. The dancers learn how to take care of their bodies, nurture themselves with healthy food and water intake, injury prevention, stretch and conditioning, and body control.
BYB became a nonprofit organization in 2008. As a parent, I was happy to volunteer for the organization. I have since joined the Board of Directors and continue to serve this organization today for many reasons. Of course, I can see the difference BYB has made in my own daughter’s life. I have also seen the impact on the lives of other students. I believe in the BYB mission including the qualitative part stating that dance education should occur in a positive environment. There is an atmosphere of belonging at BYB. Young dancers look up to the older dancers who understand they are role models and encourage the younger dancers as well as the students in their own level. The staff has managed to strike the balance between having high expectations and understanding the demands the world places on the youth of today. While personal challenges and accomplishment are part of the art form, the competitive sense that can be destructive in Ballet circles is noticeabley absent among the students and parents at BYB. I also volunteer because, at BYB, there is no other purpose that detracts from providing the best dance education and performance opportunities for its students.
As a member of the Board, I have a front row view of the successes and challenges of our young organization. Our most important challenge is to raise community awareness of our unique purpose. While the Board responsiblities are important and rewarding, my favorite way to volunteer is to usher at school shows. There is always a bright-eyed child somewhere in the crowd who is eager to tell me about their excitement to see a ballet for the first time. After the performance, I can hear the chatter of inspired, young artists-to-be re-enacting a scene or shouting about how much they loved the show. I am reminded that young people are best inspired by their peers and that the work done by the people of BYB has great value for today and for tomorrow.
President, Board of Directors
Bluegrass Youth Ballet
Adalhi Aranda Corn, founder and director of BYB, is originally from Leon, Mexico. She trained under the Royal Academy of Dancing system. She continued in Guadalajara where she became a professional dancer and began teaching. While there, she founded and directed a small ballet school where she started her creative process of choreographing full-length ballets.
Adalhi moved to the US in 1994 and danced professionally at Evansville Dance Theatre, Ballet Chicago, Lexington Ballet and Kentucky Ballet Theatre. She danced numerous soloist and demi-soloist roles included,Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker), Swanilda (Coppelia), Paquita, Romeo and Juliet, Dracula, Sleeping BeautyandGiselle. Her teaching experience also includes serving as Ballet Mistress at Evansville Dance Theatre and Academy Director at Kentucky Ballet Theatre.
In 2003, Adalhi founded Bluegrass Youth Ballet to satisfy the need for high quality dance education in a healthy, fun and encouraging environment. Her passion to share the performing arts with Kentucky’s youth led her to transition BYB to a 501c3 nonprofit organization in 2008. Here, the students are the priority and are provided with performance opportunities and access to high quality instruction regardless of ability to pay. Adalhi has created numerous full length ballets as the Director of BYB includingPied Piper, Arabella’s Journey, Alebrijes-A Dream that Became Art, Tales of Tails, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Rapunzel.
In 2005, Bluegrass Youth Ballet, under the Adalhi’s direction was awarded Minority Business of the Year. In 2011, Ms. Corn was awarded Arts Educator of the Year by the Society of Arts and Letters.
Our Dance Education Program encompasses regular season (August through May), and Summer Programs. This Program represents the primary purpose of our mission and exists to provide high quality ballet and modern dance instruction to students beginning at age two. Summer Intensive programs feature Guest Artists in addition to BYB Faculty which provides our students greater exposure to various styles and expands their knowledge of the Dance industry.
Our high quality dance education program prepares BYB students for a professional career in dance. However, we recognize that not all students have a professional career in mind. We believe in the development of healthy, well-rounded individuals and encourage students to explore interests outside the studio. We have a positive, nurturing and non-competitive environment where all students can build their self-esteem, self-confidence and respect of self and others. These characteristics foster excellence in all areas of our students' lives.
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