School Performances

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2019-2020 School Shows

Bluegrass Youth Ballet offers performances to public and private schools, and to homeschool groups. School performances are approximately one hour long, plus a 10-15 minute question and answer session with the Cast and Director, Adalhi Aranda. BYB’s school performances expose students to dance, music, visual arts, and drama, and they are often based on cultural and educational themes. Approximately 3,000 children from Central Kentucky attend BYB’s school performances each year.

Bluegrass Youth Ballet provides teachers with an informative teacher guide created by FCPS staff, prior to each school performance. These guides assist teachers in preparing their students for a trip to the ballet, and they include topics such as audience etiquette, dance history, and dance terminology, in addition to specific information related to the performance.

Dia de los Muertos
October 31, 2019
10am & 12 pm

November 1, 2019
10am & 12 pm

Lexington Opera House
Tickets $5 per person

Audiences follow Estelita’s family in a small village in Mexico as they prepare to celebrate Dia de los Muertos—a festive celebration in memory of those who have died. A sudden death forces the family to experience how precious life is and celebrate every moment of it. A bilingual (Spanish/English) slideshow explains the holiday at the beginning followed by the touching and visually stunning ballet.

Educational Guide will be available in October 2019.
Click here to register your class.

Nutcracker in One Act
December 19, 2019
10am

Singletary Center for the Arts
Tickets $5 per person

Join us for this holiday favorite where the Nutcracker comes to life after saving charming Clara from the Rat Queen and whisks her away to the magical kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Educational Guide will be available in late November 2019.
Click here to register your class.

Cinderella
April 30, 2020
10am

May 1, 2020
10 am

Lexington Opera House
Tickets $5 per person

An enchanted pumpkin. The royal ball. That famous glass slipper. Based on the classic story, and featuring whimsical music, we’ll follow Cinderella, her Fairy Godmother, and her mischievous step sisters in this rags-to-riches fairy tale.

Educational Guide will be available in April 2020.
Click here to register your class.


We receive several requests each year for BYB to bring their performances to schools. While we’d love to be able to do this, it is not possible at this time. BYB performances include many child performers who cannot miss more school than they already miss for the school performances at the theatre. In addition, we are not able to move our sets, backdrops, props, costumes, etc. from the theatre to the schools. We are, however, available for small demonstrations and workshops in the schools. These can be scheduled by emailing Adalhi Aranda at [email protected].