Innovation, Culture and Community Service Follow BYB Into Its 10th Year

BYB-LogoBluegrass Youth Ballet’s slogan is “No Dream is too BIG!,” and Founder and Director Adalhi Aranda Corn knows that first-hand as BYB celebrates its 10th anniversary.

“I’m just so proud,” Corn said. “These 10 years are the result of hundreds of people believing in the mission of BYB and working endlessly toward what we have today.”

BYB has grown from 40 to 250 students. Its mission is to provide dance education in a positive environment for all youth through high-quality training, innovative performances and cultural experiences.

Corn is known for her original ballet programs that infuse global flavors and culture. School performances include teacher guides to help bring the arts into the classroom.

BYB celebrates its 10th anniversary with Art Rhapsody, a new and original work that consists of a collage of dance pieces imitating artwork by famous artists such as Van Gogh, Degas, Monet Kandinsky and others.

The public shows at the Lexington Opera House are Friday, May 2 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 3 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 & $18. Info: 233-3535.

In 2013, BYB created a studio within the Jesse Higginbotham Neighborhood Center in Valley Park in the Cardinal Valley neighborhood, a predominantly Hispanic community. Students attend at reduced rates or on scholarship.

“It is important to provide children with as many positive experiences in their life as possible to help them develop and to grow,” said Peggy Henson, 11th District Council

Member and a staunch supporter of BYB’s outreach program that serves her constituents.

The program has been so well-received that city officials have approached BYB about taking the concept to other neighborhoods.

“It’s been extremely beneficial to the Cardinal Valley neighborhood, and we would like to see it expanded,” said Rudy Cruse, Recreation Manager for Lexington Parks and Recreation.

“We are looking to expand this type of programming in under-utilized buildings and parks to other organizations in hopes of replicating what they’ve done in Cardinal Valley.”

Said Corn: “I have seen how the discipline of this art transforms lives, and I truly believe every child should have the opportunity to dance.”

When asked whether she ever thought BYB would be where it is today and what she sees for the future, she’s quick with an answer.

“Absolutely!” said Corn. “And, we’ll have 100 years more!”