Monday, July 11th & Wednesday, July 13th, 2022
Monday, July 18th & Wednesday, July 20rd, 2022
Monday, July 25th & Wednesday, July 27th, 2022
BYB Students Beginning A and and Beginning B (2021-2022) and up with previous ballet training are eligible for BYB’s Summer Workshop. Non-BYB students with previous ballet training ages 8 and up contact firstname.lastname@example.org for placement in our Summer Workshop programs. BYB welcomes males and females with a desire to learn ballet, 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. Upon registration, students will be informed of additional information such as dress code, schedule and policies
We choose our faculty for our workshops 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
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.
Each workshop is $60.00/week
Registration fee of $15.00 (waived if enrolled by May 31, 2022)
10% discount off tuition for students enrolled in all weeks
Beginning A and Beginning B
Monday and Wednesday 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Conditioning, Ballet, Contemporary
Tuition per week $60