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About Us

Our Mission at Bluegrass Youth Ballet is to engage and inspire youth by providing access to the art of dance throughout our community.

Bluegrass Youth Ballet (BYB) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization in Lexington, KY. We are for and about the students. Our dancers are provided with many performance opportunities in which they are the focus. With our high-quality dance education programs, students can pursue a professional career in dance at BYB.

However, we recognize that not all students are dancing with a professional career in mind. For this reason, we believe in the development of healthy, well-rounded individuals, and we encourage our students to explore interests outside of the studio. We have a positive, nurturing, and non-competitive environment where students can build their self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-respect. These characteristics nurture excellence, as students carry them into other areas of their lives.

Mission and Vision
OUR MISSION

Bluegrass Youth Ballet engages and inspires youth by providing access to the art of dance throughout our community.

OUR VISION

To have enhanced recognition, awareness, and the accompanying financial support from businesses, community partners, and schools in order to provide equal access to dance opportunities for all youth in Lexington and surrounding counties, with a special emphasis on outreach to disadvantaged or marginalized youth. We will create an atmosphere of positivity and diversity among staff and students, with a focus on pre-professional ballet training that minimizes competitive culture. Our success will be dependent on the focused leadership of a fully invested board of directors (formed from parents, community leaders, and student alumni) aligned with an artistic director dedicated to creating innovative dance experiences, and a professional administrative director. Together with a dedicated staff, all share a common vision and goal, delivered collaboratively and consistently with enthusiasm and efficiency.

CORE VALUES

We are a safe place that creates community through discipline, quality instruction & impactful performances…where youth inspires youth and, everyone has access.

To have enhanced recognition, awareness, and the accompanying financial support from businesses, community partners, and schools in order to provide equal access to dance opportunities for all youth in Lexington and surrounding counties, with a special emphasis on outreach to disadvantaged or marginalized youth. We will create an atmosphere of positivity and diversity among staff and students, with a focus on pre-professional ballet training that minimizes competitive culture. Our success will be dependent on the focused leadership of a fully invested board of directors (formed from parents, community leaders, and student alumni) aligned with an artistic director dedicated to creating innovative dance experiences, and a professional administrative director. Together with a dedicated staff, all share a common vision and goal, delivered collaboratively and consistently with enthusiasm and efficiency.

Dance is an art discipline that, by itself, will educate students in a variety of ways. Bluegrass Youth Ballet believes that the arts in general are a source of well-being. Dancers will benefit from this art discipline by improving:<br /> Self-esteem and self-respect<br /> Ability to concentrate<br /> Ability to resolve problems<br /> Memorization skills</p> <p>At BYB, dancers of all ages will be taught to interact and respect themselves, as well as other dancers, and their instructors. These are skills that are essential for life!</p> <p>Dancers have a better understanding of their bodies, and they will gain better stamina, body control, and muscle tone. Dance increases coordination and improves musicality. Dance is an art, but dancers are also athletes!

Testimonials

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Carol Wood, ballerina

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Charles Reeve, teacher

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Melisa Bill, parent