The Staff at Bluegrass Youth Ballet
BYB staff is highly qualified.
They were carefully selected based on:
- Their outstanding experience and qualifications
- Their love for the art of dance
- Their professionalism and work ethics
- Their belief in teaching the students to excel to their fullest dance potential
Bluegrass Youth Ballet staff:
ADALHI ARANDA CORN, FOUNDER & DIRECTOR
Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet, Ballet Technique & Pointe
Adalhi Aranda Corn, founder and director, 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 started teaching. There she was the founder and director of a small ballet school where she started her creative process of choreographing full-length ballets.
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Pre-Ballet, Ballet Technique & Pointe
Abbie Whitman grew up in Los Angeles, CA where she began her dance training at the Rozann-Zimmerman Ballet Center under Patrick Frantz and Patricia Davis. She attended the Milwaukee Ballet Summer Intensive for three years on scholarship, which lead to an invitation to join Milwaukee Ballet II. After graduating from their Trainee Program, Abbie danced professionally with La Danserie, Rockford Dance Company, Nashville Ballet, Louisville Ballet, Moving Collective and Paradise Ballet Theatre in Key West, FL. Her repertoire includes works by Petipa, Bournonville, and Balanchine along with ballets by Lee-Wei Chao, Kimberly Nygren-Cox, Domy Reiter-Soffer, and Alun Jones. She has formerly been on faculty at the Louisville Ballet School and had the privilege to teach in their outreach programs at Lincoln Elementary Performing Arts School and Pleasure Ridge Park High School. She joined the BYB faculty in 2011 is excited to bring her love of dance to the next generation.
Creative Movement, Ballet Technique & Pointe
Amy Haley grew up in the Elizabethtown, KY area and began her dance training at Allegro Dance Theatre at the age of six. She is an 2003 alum of the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts in dance, attended The Harid Conservatory in the summer of 2004 as the only student from Kentucky, and danced pre-professionally through the Louisville Ballet School. Amy graduated from the University of Kentucky with a BA in Arts Administration in 2009. She continued to dance throughout college, including with the UK Dance Ensemble. Amy also loves teaching ballet and passing her love of dance along to others of all ages. She has been on the faculty with That’s Dancing and Joann Fryrear School of Dance, both in Louisville, and has guest taught at several more studios, including here at BYB!
In addition to dance, Amy loves many other forms of theatre. She worked with Lexington Children’s Theatre in 2009 as a Lighting and Sound Intern. Amy has also performed in several community theatre musicals, including Grease and Les Miserables with The PAC in Elizabethtown, 9-To-5 with Clarksville Little Theatre, and Chicago and Tommy with Louisville’s Jewish Community Center. She has stage managed several productions in Elizabethtown area as well as run tech, built sets, and designed lighting.
Amy recently moved to Lexington and married to her husband Adam in October 2016. She is thrilled to be joining the BYB Family and is proud to call BYB “home”!
Jennifer Rebecca Reynolds grew up in Central Kentucky where she started her dance training at age five. She studied, ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and some flamenco, and ballroom. She received her dance instruction from several teachers and in high school studied at Kentucky Ballet Theatre, mainly under the direction of Adalhi Aranda and Xijun Fu. At that time she had the opportunity to dance in various roles with what was the only professional company in Lexington. Upon graduating high school she continued to dance with the company in its corps de ballet. She went on to attend Asbury University where she graduated with honors in 2006 with her B.A. in World Missions and her minor in Spanish.
Jennifer has worked with children since a young age. During late high school Jennifer began teaching ballet and jazz. She has taught ballet to young children for over 13 years. Before moving to Central Mexico in 2008, Jennifer taught at Bluegrass Youth Ballet for four years. She returned to Lexington in 2013 when she started the outreach program with BYB. Jennifer has a passion for helping people and working with underserved populations. While living in Mexico, Jennifer taught ballet to impoverished children who otherwise would not have had the opportunity to dance. She is excited to teach bilingual ballet classes in Valley Park and be a part of the BYB staff.
Jeana began her dance training at the age of 3. She has attended the Joffrey Midwest Workshop and spent 3 summers training with the American Ballet Theatre, studying under such teachers as John Magnus, Cynthia Harvey, Mia Michaels,Rebecca Wright and Leslie Browne. Jeana danced professionally with the Lexington Ballet Company for the 2001-2002 season and later returned to join their faculty from 2007-2012. At the Lexington Ballet she served as an instructor, stage manager, outreach coordinator and choreographed several contemporary pieces, as well as the full-length ballet of “Peter & the Wolf” performed with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra. She has since continued teaching and choreographing at numerous dance studios in the state of Kentucky and in 2013 became the founder and artistic director of the Allegro Dance Project.
Iris Jiménez is originally from Tegucigalpa, Honduras. At the young age of 13, she learned to design and construct clothes while she was attending school. She graduated as a Public Accountant in 1995 from the Instituto San Francisco. Iris moved to New York City in 1998 where she worked for four years in a bridal shop, creating bridal gowns as well as bride’s maids dresses. She moved to KY in 2002. Today she is the owner and founder of “Iris’ Creations”, located on Alexandria Dr. where she offers clothing services. These include alterations and repairs for ladies and gentlemen for any occasion. She is also a mom of three children. One of her favorite quotes is: “The inspiration exists, but it has to find you working” Picasso.