Summer Intensives 2022

Dates

Tuesday, July 5th – Saturday, July 9th, 2022
Monday, July 11th – Friday, July 15th, 2022
Monday, July 18th – Friday, July 22rd, 2022
Monday, July 25th – Friday, July 29th, 2022

 

Eligibility

BYB Students Beginning C (2021-2022) and up with previous ballet training are eligible for BYB’s Summer Intensive. Non-BYB students with previous ballet training ages 10 and up contact adalhi@bluegrassyouthballet.org for placement in our Summer Intensive programs. 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. 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 time. 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

Faculty

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 

 

Elvira Dale studied at the Perm Ballet Academy in Russia where she obtained her diploma of professional ballet. She specializes in the Vaganova method of ballet technique, which is the main method in the world of classical ballet. She was subsequently employed by the Donetsk Theater of Opera and ballet in Ukraine. For ten years, Elvira was a soloist dancer and has danced parts in “Swan Lake”, “Nutcracker”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “Giselle”, “Don Quixote”, and many more. She has toured all over the former USSR including such major cities as Moscow, Kiev, and Saint Petersburg, as well as New York City, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Baltimore, Boston, and Richmond, VA. Elvira was one of Lexington Ballet’s principle dancers in Lexington, KY, where she was also a choreographer for the Ballet Under the Stars Pre-Show.  Elvira has given Master’s Classes in Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Idaho.  She is presently teaching at several dance studios in Pocatello and Idaho Falls.

Eduard Forehand began dancing at the age of nine in his hometown of Miami, FL. His first teacher was Thomas Armour who nurtured his love of dance which blossomed into an eighteen-year career. Over those years as a professional, he had the pleasure of dancing with The Richmond Ballet, Charleston Ballet Theatre (SC), Augusta Ballet in GA, Dayton Ballet, and finally The Louisville Ballet, where he spent 7 years and retired from his career in 2016. Throughout his diverse career, he has had the opportunity to perform at all levels, from corps de ballet to principal roles. After retiring, Eduard was accepted to The University of Iowa as a fellow to pursue an MFA in Choreography. While there, he had the chance to work with a diverse student population, teaching all levels of technique class. Upon graduation in 2019, Eddie accepted a full-time position, Artist in Residence, with Cornell College in Mount Vernon, IA. This has given him a chance to fully explore his creativity by teaching not just ballet, but jazz, modern, and musical theatre style dance. Eddie has choreographed multiple pieces as well as a dance film as part of his work while continuing to evolve his dance practice. In Summer 2018 and 2021, Eddie became certified with the ABT Teacher Curriculum program in NYC. He is currently certified for Pre-primary to level 5. Eduard enjoys teaching all levels of students and enriching their lives and techniques as they grow into wonderful artists of their own. He is thrilled to be a guest and share his knowledge with the dancers at Bluegrass Youth Ballet, and thanks all the faculty and staff for the opportunity and support for this wonderful collaboration.

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.

Rosie has been a ballet instructor for approximately 19 years and has taught for ages ranging from 5 to adult. She teaches ballet, pointe, modern, and jazz dancing and is a certified teacher in Pilates and Progressing Ballet Technique. Along with her many certifications, she is also CPR certified.  Rosie originally grew up in Pennsylvania and trained at the Cumberland Dance Company, now known as Pennsylvania Regional Ballet. She attended Indiana University and was a part of the Indiana University Ballet Program where she received a Bachelor of Science in Ballet Performance and English Literature with a Contemporary Dance Minor. After college, she was employed with Chicago Ballet and was a guest artist with Civic Ballet of Chicago. After her time in Chicago, she was offered a Corps de Ballet position with Ballet San Antonio and remained there for 9 years as a professional ballet dancer.  While in the San Antonio area, she was a ballet instructor and a freelance guest artist for many schools in the area. After she retired from professional dancing, she became the Children’s Rehearsal Director for the Ballet Conservatory of South Texas and eventually became the Artistic Director of the school.

In April of 2022, she moved to Georgetown, KY with her husband and her son.

Connor Perry is a former BYB student of sixteen years. She currently attends the University of Kentucky as a Neuroscience major with a Dance minor, and she will be a senior in the fall of 2022. During her time at BYB, Connor performed in almost every show that has been created to date, including, Dia de los Muertos, The Nutcracker in One Act, Alice in Wonderland, Alebrijes, and many more. Some of her favorite roles to have danced are Arabian Lead, Sugar Plum Fairy, The Cheetah Alebrije, and the Queen of Hearts. Currently Connor Dances Professionally with Movement Continuum Contemporary Dance Company here in Lexington. She has been with them for one full season and performed in their production of Curated, and is busy preparing for Curated: The Hometown Tour that will be taking place next month. Connor has loved being able to dance almost every single day since she was two years old, thanks to her training and time spent at BYB. She is excited to see all of the kids and dance with them again!

Allison Duvall, TCRG, MA is a champion Irish dancer, certified Irish dance teacher, and choreographer, and director of the McTeggart School of Irish Dance location in Lexington, KY (www.kyirishdancers.org). She grew up Irish dancing under the instruction of Maureen McTeggart Hall, a native of Cork, Ireland, and one of the pioneers and evangelists of Irish step dancing in North America. As a competitive dancer under Mrs. Hall’s tutelage, she placed 8th at Mid-America Oireachtasi (Irish Dance Championships) in 2010 and 2011, qualifying and going on to compete at the World Championships in Dublin in 2011 and Belfast in 2012.

 

Allison passed her teacher’s certification (TCRG) exam through An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha, the Irish Dancing Commission based in Dublin, in 2013. Her students have qualified for the World Championships, placed in the All Ireland and North American Championships, and the adult ceili teams she coaches are the reigning Mid-America champions. In 2022, she received her Master of Arts in Irish Dance Studies with First Class Honours from the University of Limerick. Her master’s thesis focused on how the Conradh na Gaeilge’s (Gaelic League) early feiseanna (Irish dance and music competitions) functioned as rituals of performative nationalism.

 

When not dancing, Allison is the Senior Manager for Church Relations & Engagement for Episcopal Migration Ministries, the refugee resettlement and migration ministry of The Episcopal Church. She resides in Lexington, KY with her husband, Clay.

Yolantha Harrison-Pace came to Kentucky in the year 1999. Pace was discovered  in the year 2000 by the Kentucky Arts Council when she was the chauffeur for a rostered artist to the annual artist training who was visually impaired. The response upon meeting Pace from the then director of the arts council, John Benjamin was, “YOU LOOK LIKE AN ARTIST” So began Pace’s rostered artist romance with the schools all over the state of Kentucky, from Virgie to Beatyville, Louisville to Corbin, Manchester to Sandy Creek. Yolantha Harrison-Pace has taught African movement, dance vocabulary, and drumming in more than 200 schools and venues throughout the Blue Grass with the Kentucky Arts Council at her helm.

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.

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 is the current Ballet Mistress at Bluegrass Youth Ballet, teaching Beginning, Intermediate, and Pre-Professional levels.  Before moving to Kentucky, Ms. Gunther taught both pre-professional and technique classes at The School at Steps while also teaching at Eglevsky Ballet School on Long Island, where she rehearsed the upper level students for their performances. Many of her students have graduated from the school and have gone on to careers in dance. 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.

Jeana Klevene 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 Themes 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 – Paquita

July 11-15 – Swan Lake

July 18-22 –  Raymonda

July 25 – 29 – Mixed Repertoire

 

Price

See individual levels for pricing, pricing is per week

Non-refundable Registration Fee: $15.00/first student $10/additional students

10% discount off tuition for students enrolled in all weeks

The non-refundable registration fee and 50% deposit is required by May 31, 2022 to secure your spot

 


Levels

Level 1: Lower Intermediate
BYB Beginning C or Intermediate A

Mon – Fri 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

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

Tuition per week $275

Register for Lower Intermediate Summer Intensive

 

Level 2: Upper-Intermediate
BYB Intermediate B, C, or D

Mon – Fri 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

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

Tuition per week $350

Register for Upper Intermediate Summer Intensive

 

Level 3: Advanced
BYB Advanced or Pre-professional

Mon – Fri 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

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

Tuition per week $350

Register for Advanced Summer Intensive

 


For enrollment questions contact: enrollment@bluegrassyouthballet.org

For placement questions contact: adalhi@bluegrassyouthballet.org

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