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 a 2003 alum of the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts in dance, attended The Harid Conservatory in the summer of 2004, 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 a guest teacher at several schools throughout Kentucky, and was on the faculty at both That’s Dancing and Joann Fryrear School of Dance in Louisville before joining BYB full-time.
In addition to dancing, she has also been onstage in several community theatre productions, 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 as well as run tech, built sets, and designed lighting. Amy also worked at Kinney Dancewear in Louisville for a period of time, where she enjoyed fitting pointe shoes. she continues to enjoy helping BYB students with pointe shoe fittings and pointe classes.
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.