Summer Intensives 2021


July 5th – July 30th, 2021



Students 10 and up with previous ballet training are eligible for BYB’s Summer Intensive. BYB welcomes males and females with a strong ballet background, who have a great love for dance, and are not afraid to push themselves to the next level under a healthy and positive environment. Students that have never attended BYB before are required to attend an evaluation class before enrolling. Spots will be filled on a first-come-first served basis. BYB reserves the right to adjust a student’s class placement if necessary at any given. Tuition fees are non-refundable except for documented cases of extreme illness/injury. Our faculty includes our current faculty as well as guest teachers. Upon registration, students will be informed of additional information such as dress code, schedule and policies.
BYB will follow the CDC recommendations as well as our own Covid-19 protocols. 


We choose our faculty for intensives based on their: 

  • Outstanding experience and qualifications 
  • Love for the art of dance and teaching 
  • Professionalism and good work ethics 
  • Belief in teaching students to excel 
  • Desire to make a difference in a student’s life 

Jayson Douglas, professional career began at NC Dance Theatre after attending Point Park University. Throughout the past 18 years, he has danced for prestigious dance companies such as, James Sewell Ballet and one of the top 25 to watch companies named in Dance Magazine, Company C Contemporary Ballet. This provided him the opportunity to perform and tour internationally and be featured in a Twyla Tharp’s ballet. Aside from his performance career he been the resident choreographer with Mid-State Ballet, Sarah Berge’s Dance, and teaches masterclasses globally. He is currently a company member and Development & Community Engagement Associate with Ballet Co. Laboratory and on faculty at TU Dance Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Ms. Abbie will be teaching Conditioning, Ballet Technique, Pointe, Turns, Jumps, and Character.

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.

Gretchen Gunther began her training on Long Island and continued at the Joffrey School, Melissa Hayden School, and as a scholarship student at Steps in New York City. During her professional career she also studied with Larissa Luvisicuk, Ilya Gaft, and Victoria Lebedeva of the Kirov Ballet. As a professional, she has danced with The Classics Dance Theatre of Connecticut, New Jersey Ballet, Staten Island Ballet, Ilya Gaft Dance Theatre, and North Atlantic ballet. She has worked with many independent choreographers as well. With over 20 years experience teaching all levels of classical ballet, Ms. Gunther teaches both pre-professional and technique classes at The School at Steps. Many of her students have graduated from the school and have gone on to careers in dance. For the past six years she has also taught at Eglevsky Ballet School on Long Island, where she rehearses the upper level students for their performances. Ms Gunther has also taught at the Ailey School, The School of Staten Island Ballet, and others throughout the Tri-State area. In 2013, she was featured in Dance Teacher Magazine in an article on alignment for young dancers. To further advance her teaching, Ms. Gunther continues to take pedagogical courses, including John White’s Vaganova Syllabus Seminar at the Pennsylvania Ballet, and has completed the Bolshoi Teacher Certification program in New York City for Levels one through three in 2018.

Mrs. Adalhi will be teaching Conditioning, Pointe, Ballet Technique Variations, and Choreography throughout the intensives.

Adalhi Aranda, founder and director of Bluegrass Youth Ballet, 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.

Adalhi moved to the US in 1994 and danced at Evansville Dance Theatre, IN where she also served as Ballet Mistress. She continued her career as a dancer and teacher when she moved to Lexington in 1999. She danced for Lexington Ballet, Ballet Theatre of Chicago and Kentucky Ballet Theatre, where she directed the Academy.

She has attended the Vaganova Syllabus seminar in Connecticut. Adalhi has danced numerous soloist and demi-soloist roles such as Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker), Swanilda (Coppelia), Paquita, Romeo and Juliet, Dracula, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle and others.

Adalhi created Bluegrass Youth Ballet in 2003 to satisfy the need for high quality dance education in a healthy, fun and encouraging environment. Here the students are the priority and are provided with performance opportunities.

She has also created numerous full length ballets, such as Pied Piper, Arabella’s Journey, Alebrijes – a dream that became art, Tales of tails, and her signature Nutcracker in One Act and Dia de los Muertos – performed for hundreds of people every year. She has also created short pieces such as Huapango, Hechizo de Luna, Banjo Fun, Four Seasons, El Baile, Ara and many others.

Several of Adalhi’s students have followed professional careers as dancers in companies such as New York City Ballet, Dance Theatre of Tennessee, California Ballet, Anchorage Ballet, Ballet Magnificat!, Atlanta Ballet, Augsburg Ballett and others. Her students every year are accepted in prestigious ballet summer programs such as Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, School of American Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Ballet Chicago, North Carolina School for the Arts, Cincinnati Ballet, Nutmeg Ballet and others. Her students also have participated in the Youth America Grand Prix Ballet competition and have placed high in their categories, and have qualified to perform at the finals in NYC.

Adalhi has a daughter, Adalhi Elena who was born in 2003, and a son, Mariano Renato who was born in 2008.

Mr. Chuck will be teaching Conditioning, Ballet Technique, Pointe, Variations, and Lecture throughout intensives. 

Chuck Bronson is the Ballet Master at Bluegrass Youth Ballet. He is also a former co-director of the University of Louisville Preparatory Dance Academy and danced with the Louisville Ballet Civic Company. At the Academy, he taught ballet technique, pointe, and men’s technique and choreographed numerous pieces for the University of Louisville Dance Theater. Chuck has created dance integration workshops for JCPS teachers, has lesson plans published in the KET Dance Toolkit, and has won awards for choreography including the William Habich Scholarship at the Southeastern Regional Ballet Association Festival and the Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council.

Ms. Andrea will be teaching Conditioning, Ballet Technique, Musical Theater, Contemporary, and Choreography throughout the intensives.

Andrea Halbert is the Program Director for Bluegrass Youth Ballet. Within her role, she manages Enrollment, Marketing, and is also dance faculty.

Andrea is a native of Lexington, Kentucky, and spent most of her life studying dance. Her studies include summer intensives with American Ballet Theatre with Roger Van Fleteren, Governor’s School for the Arts, and various programs and classes at Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center. She graduated from SCAPA as a Ballet Major in 2003. Andrea has studied Dance Performance at Oklahoma City University with Ballet Master Jo Rowan, the late Tap Professor Robert Reed, Kay Sandel, and Patricia Oplotnik, to name a few. Her performance experience includes OCU’s touring company, Dancer and Dance Captain at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Middle Tennessee State Performing Arts Company dancer and guest choreographer, and as a Radio City Rockette with the Christmas Across America Tour. Her teaching experience includes various dance schools in Kentucky and Tennessee, including Bluegrass Youth Ballet in 2008. Andrea graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in Recreation and Leisure Services and Recreation Therapy. She currently holds her Certification as a Recreation Therapist with a specialization in Behavioral and Mental Health as well as a Certified Yoga Teacher

Mrs. Jeana will be teaching Contemporary

Jeana grew up in Central Wisconsin and furthered her dance training at the Joffrey Midwest Workshop and spent 3 summers training with the American Ballet Theatre, studying under such teachers as John Magnus, Cynthia Harvey, Charles Maple, Leslie Browne, Mia Mia Michaels and Rebecca Wright. Jeana danced professionally with the Lexington Ballet Company for the 2001-2002 season and later returned to join their faculty from 2007-2012. In 2013 Jeana created and founded Allegro Dance Project, a non-profit contemporary dance company that specializes in and provides Inclusive Dance Outreach and Adaptive Dance classes for hundreds of children with special needs each season.

Weekly Theme’s for all Levels

In addition to their technique classes, students will have the opportunity to perform original and classical ballet choreography at the end of each session in an informal in-studio performance.

(Subject to change)

July 5 – 9 – Theme: Le Corsaire

July 12-16 – La Fille Mal Gardee

July 19-23 – La Bayadere

July 26 – 30 – Mixed Repertoire


  • See individual levels for pricing, pricing is per week
  • Registration fee (non refundable): $30
  • 10% discount off tuition for students enrolled in all weeks
  • Registration waived if enrolled before May 31st, 2021
  • Students currently enrolled in the Tuition Assistance Program may receive a discount based on their year round agreement
  • All prospects must fill out an enrollment form and pay the non-refundable registration fee and 50% deposit by May 28, 2021
  • Tuition fees are non-refundable except for documented cases of extreme illness/injury.



(Students not currently enrolled at Bluegrass Youth Ballet, please call or email for an evaluation for level placement)


Level 1 Lower Intermediate
Former BYB Beginning C or Intermediate A

Mon – Fri 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Conditioning, Ballet, Contemporary, Variations, Character, Dance Theory

Tuition per week $250


Level 2 Upper-Intermediate
Former BYB Intermediate B or C

Mon – Fri 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Conditioning, Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Variations, Character, Dance Theory, Choreography

Tuition per week $300


Level 3 Advanced
Former BYB Advanced or Pre-professional

Mon – Fri 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Conditioning, Ballet, Contemporary, Variations, Character, Dance Theory

Tuition per week $330


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