1595 Mercer Rd Ste 150
Attn Adalhi Aranda Corn
Lexington KY 40511
Contact Information
Address 1595 Mercer Rd Ste 150
Attn Adalhi Aranda Corn
Lexington, KY 40511
Phone (859) 271-4472
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At BYB we are all reaching toward one goal-Enhance lives through Dance!
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2008
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Bluegrass Youth Ballet accepts monitary and in-kind donations.Support is needed to sponsor our Performances, fundraising events,  scholarship programs and special community outreach programs. Businesses and Corporations who wish to support BYB through sponsoring a particular program are eligible for special benefits that can be discussed in detail.   
Donors/Sponsors may mail their donations, make donations over the phone with a valid credit card or bring their donations to our facility at 1595 Mercer Road Suite 150 in Lexington, KY 40511. Inquiries can also be emailed to us at
There are always volunteer opportunites which include professional services (such as painting, cleaning, general facility maintenance, set building, costume construction, creative services, marketing services, etc).
 If you are interested in donating funds for general purposes or through our Summer Soiree Dinner/Auction, please contact us at
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement
Bluegrass Youth Ballet enhances lives by providing dance education in a positive environment for all youth through high quality training, innovative performances, and cultural experiences.
Background Statement
 Bluegrass Youth Ballet (BYB) was founded in 2003, by Adalhi Aranda Corn to satisfy Lexington's need for a high quality dance education program that would be provided to students in a positive environment. It was first formed with 40 students, as an S-corporation, and took residence at 3120 Pimlico Parkway in Lexington.

 In 2005 BYB was awarded Minority Business of the Year by Commerce Lexington. By 2007, BYB had over 150 students, and had outgrown its facility. In August of 2007 BYB re-located to their current 9,000 sq. ft. facility at 1595 Mercer Road. This facility was named CulturArte (modeled after Mexico's Casa de la Cultura, or culture house) with the idea that accessible instruction in other forms of art, besides dance, would be offered. While dance education remains the  BYB mission, other forms of art such as voice, piano, saxaphone, and Suzuki guitar lesssons can also be acquired at the CulturArte facility.

In 2008 BYB transitioned to a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization, due to its commitment to arts education and outreach, and to its belief that any child, regardless of their financial status or ethnic background, should have the opportunity to dance. Since that time, BYB has implemented a work-study program for students who otherwise would not have the financial means to receive dance instruction. In 2012 BYB began the process of establishing Scholarship criteria with the goal of awarding both merit and need based scholarships in 2013.

BYB currently provides high quality dance education (Ballet and Modern) to students beginning at age 2. Curriculum focuses on youth education but extends to adults. Classes run from August through May each year. A variety of summer programs, including Summer Intensive Workshops, Kids Fun Arts Program, and summer classes, take place during June and July. At BYB, the education of students is the number one priority. Students ages 5 and up have the opportunity to perform in two to three main stage ballets each year at the Lexington Opera House, the Lyric Theatre, or the Singletary Center as well as smaller community outreach performances (i.e. Festival Latino, American Heart Association Gala, etc). Performances include classical as well as orginal productions created by Ms. Corn. BYB performs for public and private schools in Fayette and surrounding counties. Upon request, BYB will conduct ourtreach dance workshops for schools or youth groups.
Impact Statement  
In 2012 BYB served 270 students through our Dance Education Programs in the fall and Spring Semesters. Approximately 10% of our students were eligible for the Work Study Tuition Assistance Program. 145 participated in Summer Edcuational Programs at BYB. BYB student, Tanner Bleck, was awarded first place at YAGP semi-finals.
BYB produced three main stage, original performances:The Premier of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Other Tales(Lexington Opera House), Dia De Los Muertos: (Lexington Opera House), and Nutcracker in One Act(Singletary Center Concert Hall).
4,500 school children attended BYB school shows at an affordable $5 per person rate. School shows include a teaching guide sent to the teachers in advance and a Q&A session following the performance. Two of our three shows in 2012 featured original choreography and music selection as well as offered Bilingual narration. All three ballets were also performed for public audiences.
Outreach in 2012: Performance at Festival Latino, Jessamine County Library, Lyric Theatre
Community Awareness: This year BYB held its first major fundraiser, Summer Solstice Soiree at Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate, and brought together BYB supporters as well as business and arts leaders from the community. This event raised awareness of BYB’s mission and efforts to make dance education available to youth from all socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds and raised $10,000 for Scholarship funds, facility improvements that effect the qulaity of trianing and support for performance programs. 
Goals for 2013 include three productions, developing formal programs for school workshops and offering bilingual ballet classes at a facility in the Cardinal Valley Area to make ballet more accessible to the youth of that area. We are also holding The Summer Soiree Fundraiser again to raise more funds for scholarships and to grow BYB’s outreach programs.
Needs Statement

 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.

 Performance Program: BYB is known for its innovative performances. BYB is seeking Presenting Sponsors to help fund the performance programs. Email to receive specific sponsorship needs and benefits.
Board Development: BYB is a young & rapidly growing, nonprofit with a need to grow its Board of Directors to include more leaders from the arts and business communities. Inquire
CEO/Executive Director Statement At Bluegrass Youth Ballet, we are often saying that no dream is too big. It was my dream to create a ballet education program that would provide Kentucky’s youth with high quality training in a positive and culturally stimulating environment. It was important to me that this program would make working with youth its primary focus and that ballet training (which can be quite expensive) could be made accessible to all youth regardless of ethnic or socio-economic background. That dream began to come true when I founded Bluegrass Youth Ballet in 2003. Thanks to a receptive community and support from families across the Bluegrass, BYB became a 501c3 nonprofit organization in 2008 and determined our mission: To enhance lives by providing dance education in a positive environment to all youth through high quality training, innovative performances and cultural experiences.

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.

When you enter CulturARTE, BYB’s beautiful facility, you will experience colorful floor tile designs and walls that reflect its unique and conducive to learning environment. Three spacious dance studios, two music studios, a playroom, a kitchen, dressing rooms, a parent’s waiting room, offices, a costume workshop and the storage room are a representation of the activities that are fulfilled every day. On any busy day at BYB, you will see many ethnic backgrounds represented, as well as many ages. You will also see one thing in common, a community of supportive families who believe that their children deserve a high quality dance education, an artistic and cultural community to be part of and the chance to dream big.
Adalhi Aranda Corn
BYB Founder and Director


Board Chair Statement   By age six my daughter began to show signs she was serious about dancing. She was enjoying her experience on a competition team, but I was concerned that she was spending a lot of time in the studio and I was spending a lot of money for her to learn "routines". I wanted her to get a dance education; something she could use her entire life. I was no expert, but knew enough to understand the basis of dance is Ballet. So, we took the summer to explore her options. It seemed nearly everyone I spoke with about ballet training agreed that Miss Adalhi Aranda Corn was the best in the area. So, I enrolled my daughter in the summer class at Bluegrass Youth Ballet where Miss Adalhi was the Director. I was impressed that my daughter was evaluated to make sure she was placed in the level of class best suited to both challenge and encourage her. In just  a few weeks, my daughter could see that she was learning new things. The hard work didn’t scare her, it excited and encouraged her. Parents and other dancers were so welcoming and seemed thrilled to tell us all the reasons they loved BYB; the positive atmosphere, the expert teachers, the amazing performances. 

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.




Rhonda Caldwell

President, Board of Directors

Bluegrass Youth Ballet


Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Education /
Tertiary Organization Category Youth Development /
Geographic Areas Served
Fayette County
Clark County
Bourbon County
Jessamine County
Madison County
Nicholas County
Powell County
BYB attracts students from the Central  and Eastern Kentucky Areas. Outreach programs have been held in public libraries and at festivals in various counties. School shows in 2012 were seen by students from many counties including Bourbon, Madison, Nicholas, Jessamine, and Fayette counties.
Board Chair
Board Chair Rhonda Caldwell
Company Affiliation UK Healthcare
Term Jan 2010 to Dec 2013
Board Members
Lisa Blackadar University of KentuckyVoting
Gary Burchfield IISIS, LLC; Burchfields Computer Services; Teledata Services, LLCVoting
Rhonda Caldwell UK Healthcare; Balance Creative, LLCVoting
Adalhi Aranda Corn Bluegrass Youth Ballet INCVoting
Sarah Galvin University of KentuckyVoting
Robin Johnson Fayette County Public SchoolsVoting
Jill Hall Rose Rose Law OfficesVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 81%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 86%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 86%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 7
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Adalhi Aranda Corn
Term Start July 2008


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.

Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 93
Contractors 5
Retention Rate 50%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
CEO Comments
Special note regarding Staff retention rate. At the beginning of 2012, BYB had 2 Full time staff members who have been with the organization for several years. One of those 2 employees was diagnosed with a life threatening illness and left to focus on her health and well being which included leaving the area. Based on the criteria to calcluate staff retention our rate is 50%. BYB now has 3 Full time employees in addition to part time staff and contract staff.

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.

Budget 250000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Dance
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Adults,
Each year, Bluegrass Youth Ballet produces 2 to 3 main stage productions to be performed at venues in the Lexington Area. Recent performances have entertained public and school based audiences at UK's Singletary Center for the Arts, The Lexington Opera House and the Lyric Theatre. BYB performances are designed to be family friendly with respect to content and cost and appeal to a wide range of audience members. Because we believe young people are most effectively inspired by their peers, the casts of BYB performances are comprised primarily of BYB students usually aged 5 years to 19 years. Providing this performance opportunity builds self-esteem, a strong work ethic, confidence and pride of workmanship in our young artists.
Budget 36000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Dance Performances Presenting
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Adults,
Each year Bluegrass Youth Ballet strives to bring the art of dance to as many young people as possible. For many, this includes enrollment in ballet and modern dance classes at BYB. However, we also recognize that many students do not have access or even awareness of the art of Ballet. For this reason, we are commited to bringing the Ballet to the youth of Kentucky through outreach efforts. In the past BYB has offered free performances at area Libraries and clinics in schools. Expanding Outreach programs is at the fore-front of our plan in 2013-14.
Budget 30000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Cultural & Ethnic Awareness
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Families, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
BYB offers work-study assistance to students based on demonstrated financial need. We are also building a scholarship program. Ballet training is expensive even for famlies with moderate means. This is especially true for the advanced level students because of the amount of studio time and the need to continuously replace worn pointe shoes. Scholarship awards serve the pupose of encouraging upper level BYB students who demonstrate dedication to continue to pursue their dreams both at BYB as well as at prestigous selective summer intensive programs outside of Kentucky. Need and merit based scholarships to be awarded. We look to expand this program as funds become available. 
Budget 7000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Dance Instruction
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), Children Only (5 - 14 years), Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Comments
CEO Comments
At BYB we have big dreams to expand all of our programs. We are especially focused on Community Outreach so we can bring the art of Ballet and Modern Dance to area schools and establish a presence in Fayette County districts where families have limited access to Youth Arts Programs. We have a specific plan to establish a presence in the 11th district of Fayette County (Cardinal Valley Area) where we hope to obtain funding to open a Bilingual Ballet studio at very low tution rates in August of 2013. Opportunties related to this plan include donated space for the 10 month instructional year (2013-14) and strong community interest. The challenge, of course, is obtaining funding to support these programs.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
2005 Minority Business of the Year/Bluegrass Youth BalletCommerce Lexington2005
Arts Educator of the Year/Adalhi Aranda CornKentcky Chapter of National Society of Arts and Letters2011
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2013
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2013
Projected Revenue $331,660.00
Projected Expenses $323,055.00
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$42,311$36,897$20,574
Investment Income, Net of Losses$26$69$21
Membership Dues$0$0--
Special Events$0$0--
Revenue In-Kind$0$0--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$213,169$180,395$244,184
Administration Expense$83,383$76,791--
Fundraising Expense$23,024$14,089--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.040.961.11
Program Expense/Total Expenses67%66%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue54%38%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$50,700$40,777$53,166
Current Assets$50,251$39,610$51,281
Long-Term Liabilities$0$579$2,984
Current Liabilities$0$1,522$329
Total Net Assets$50,700$38,676$49,853
Form 990s
2013 Form 990
2012 990 2012
2011 BYB 2011 990 only
2011 BYB 2011 990 Schedules
2010 990
2009 990
2008 Form 990
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
CEO Comments
BYB is working to improve fundrasing efforts through events, participation in community/state wide efforts, increased awareness among the business community and social media. We are actively seeking partners to support BYB and join us in the mission to enhance lives by providing dance education in a positive environment for all youth through high quality training, innovative performances and cultrual experiences.
Address 1595 Mercer Rd Ste 150
Attn Adalhi Aranda Corn
Lexington, KY 40511
Primary Phone 859 271-4472
CEO/Executive Director Adalhi Aranda Corn
Board Chair Rhonda Caldwell
Board Chair Company Affiliation UK Healthcare