Common Questions

If your child is pre-school aged (ages 3, 4, or 5), you may enroll them in our Creative Movement program.  This 45-minute class meets once a week and captures the joy of dancing in the students. Using playful, creative stories and themes we begin basic ballet technique, conditioning and strengthening exercises, and free form and structured group movement activities. Ballet vocabulary and class etiquette are introduced in preparation for pre-ballet.

For the first year dancer, ages 5 – 6, they will enroll in our Pre-Ballet 1 classes.  Pre-Ballet classes meet once a week for an hour. The class more closely follows the structure of a ballet technique class, but still allows for use of the students’ imaginations. The class begins with conditioning exercises worked around a creative theme to stretch and strengthen their muscles. Students will become familiar with the use of the ballet barre as well as ballet terminology, body placement, class etiquette, and musicality.

If your child is 7 years old or older, please contact our studio for placement.

If your young child has had dance training at another studio, please contact us to determine their placement.  Bluegrass Youth Ballet uses its own curriculum and we want to place your child in a class where they will successfully grow and mature as a ballet dancer.

Our Director and Founder, Adalhi Aranda has made it her mission to create a space for all who love dance. It is 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 want anyone who is passionate about dance to be able to access it.

Learn about our story by watching KFB’s Bluegrass and Backroads special on Bluegrass Youth Ballet.

Visit our Boutique to purchase our BYB Logo Uniform Leotard and any other things you may need! It’s time to dance! Questions regarding uniform and attire can be directed to Jen Keefe at

Adult classes do not have a uniform


All girls must wear pink tights and pink ballet shoes. Hair must be pulled back into a tight bun.

  • Creative Movement and Pre-Ballet: Pink skirted BYB embroidered leotard
  • Beginner and Intermediate Levels: Royal Blue BYB embroidered leotard
  • Advanced: Black BYB embroidered leotard
  • Pre-Professional: Teal BYB embroidered leotard

All boys must wear black shorts or tights and black ballet shoes. Longer hair needs to be pulled back from the face.

  • Creative Movement and Pre-Ballet: White BYB embroidered t-shirt
  • Beginner and Intermediate Levels: White BYB embroidered t-shirt
  • Advanced: Black BYB embroidered t-shirt
  • Pre-Professional: Black BYB embroidered t-shirt

Bluegrass Youth Ballet students are able to participate in our productions every year. In order to keep the instruction quality high and consistent during classes, our performance rehearsals are separate from our semester classes. We have observation week each semester as well as performance opportunities for our enrolled students in Pre-Ballet 1 and older, that are not required.

Our enrolled students Pre-Ballet level and higher will receive communication on how to enroll in our upcoming productions.  More information can be found during enrollment in our Performance Policy Agreement.

Bluegrass Youth Ballet has classes for ages 3 – adult. Our preschool aged children enroll in our Creative Movement classes.  Our beginning students that are ages 5-8 can begin in our Pre-Ballet program.

In our Open Division, ages 9 and older can enroll in our Tween/Teen Beginning Ballet classes.  We also have beginning level classes for homeschool students ages 8 -10. We offer Modern and Contemporary classes, too!

We offer adult ballet and adult conditioning classes for ages 18 and older.


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