2020- 2021 Performance Season

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imgresAYBT’s Nutcracker Performance for local area schools


Contact show coordinator, Kim Weis at for ticketing information

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2019 Nutcracker posterAYBT’s Production of The Nutcracker

November 13-15, 2020

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Mermaid 2AYBT’s Production of  The Little Mermaid, to the original music of David Arkenstone

March 6, 2021 at 7:30PM

March , 2021 at 2:30

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degasBig Four Arts Review

May 22, 2021

AYBT Academy Building

For Tickets, Contact our Academy Office




Guest male dancers

coleCole Companion (Courtesy of Ballet Theater of Indiana) 

Cole began his training at the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham, Alabama. After graduating with their highest honor, the “Prix D’excellance De Danse,” he has been a performing member of Alabama Ballet, The Arova Foundation, Birmingham Ballet Reparatory Company, Oakland Ballet Company, and Bay Pointe Ballet. Previous roles include Albrecht in Giselle, Tea Man in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Principal in Alfonzo Figeroura’s Changes, Hues and The Awakening, Furbo In Graham Lustig’s Pulcinella, Russian in Bruce Steivel’s The Nutcracker, Michael in Bruce Steivel’s Peter Pan, and Puck in Bruce Steivel’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. As a choreographer he has created numerous works including The Allegory of the Cave, Our Best Decision, El Dorado, Les Biches, and The Cask of Amontillado. He is also an adjunct professor for choreographic composition at Anderson University, as well as Ballet Master and Technical Director for Ballet Theatre of Indiana.


CS1A9469copy - Version 2Gabriel Joseph Weiner (Courtesy of Ballet Theatre of Carmel)

Gabriel began his training with Jordan College Academy of Dance, Performer’s Edge School for the Performing Arts, and Ballet Theatre of Carmel Academy where he was a student of the BTC Pre-Professional Day Intensive Program and a member of the BTC – the Pre-Professional Ballet Company of the Academy. During his years with BTC, Gabriel has been in the full-length productions of Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, Firebird and Cinderella, Les Sylphides as well as several repertory pieces.  Gabriel is a scholarship recipient for the Summer Intensives of Ballet Austin, Colorado Ballet, Ellison Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Gabriel has been a guest artist at the Capitol Ballet Theatre (as the Sugar Plum Fairy’s Cavalier), The Lafayette Ballet (in The Nutcracker as the Nutcracker Prince), and AYBT (as Prince Desire in Sleeping Beauty). Gabriel is the recipient of the Jacob School of Music and Dance Premier Young Talent Scholarship.


Josh MaldonadoJosh Maldonado (Courtesy of Beef and Boards Dinner Theater)

Josh Maldonado is so excited to be a part of this production! Josh graduated from Anderson University where he studies musical theater and dance. His performances include: Albert (Disney’s Newsies), Dick (9 to 5), the Centipede (James and the Giant Peach) from The Indianapolis Children’s Museum, and Audrey II Operator (Little Shop of Horrors) at Beef & Boards. Josh has also performed as a touring puppeteer with Madcap Players, performing for children all over the Midwest. In his spare time, he loves learning about technology, eating popcorn, and playing the organ. He would like to thank Jennifer Thiemet for her teaching, his family for their support, and God for His love.

Eric T. Schroeder

Eric first met Lou Ann Young as a freshman theatre student at Anderson University when she was choreographing a production of Kiss Me Kate in 1988. Little did this teenager know that a major force in his life had just be set in motion. He made is first mark on an AYBT program the following year as a scenic designer and stage manager for their 1989 production. He was amazed at the professionalism and production value, so when the opportunity came up to appear onstage as the Grandfather in the 1990 production of The Nutcracker he jumped at it and a passion was born. Fast forward THIRTY YEARS and you’ll see that teenager tonight, now 50 years old and sharing the stage with the daughters of the little girls he danced with decades ago. Over those thirty years, he’s performed in over 40 productions and danced with 100s of students (and their parents) who have been blessed with dance education from Lou Ann and through AYBTA’s fantastic core of teachers and professional guest instructors. He also has had the opportunity to share the stage over the years with his wife Sheila and all four of his children (one year all at the same time!). His four children all danced for AYBT and his son Alek took his training and is now dancing professionally as a member of the Louisville Ballet. Eric made a promise to Lou Ann decades ago that he would continue to lend his talents to AYBT for as long as he was capable of doing so. So 2019 finds Eric once again adding his particular color to the role of Drosselmeyer and spreading a little Christmas magic. He is thankful for this opportunity to entertain you, wishes for one and all a joyous and safe holiday season, and hopes all know and appreciate the wonderful gift Anderson has in AYBT.

Prudencio RodriguezPrudencio Rodriguez III (Courtesy of Anderson University Dance Department)

Prudencio Rodriguez III has been dancing since the age of 13. He started his dance training with the Latin dance group Talento De Barrio. In high school he was then apart of Hammond Academy for Performing Arts where he studied modern, ballet, jazz, tap, and hip hop. He is currently attending Anderson University where he is pursuing a degree in Dance Pedagogy. Upon graduating from Anderson University he plans to attend Florida State University where he hopes to achieve his MFA (Masters of Fine Arts) in dance. Upon receiving his master’s degree, he plans to audition for professional dance companies and teach dance at a university level.

adrianAdrian Dominguez (Courtesy of Anderson University Dance Department)

A native of Denver, Colorado, Adrian Dominguez is working towards his B. A. in Dance Performance at Anderson University. Adrian has received the Allen Choreography Award and enjoys experimenting with contemporary hybrid styles of choreography. While studying at Anderson, Adrian has worked with guest artists Gregory Hancock, Earl Mosley, Eddy Ocampo and Ian Poulis. Adrian has had the pleasure of performing works by Sidra Bell, Christal Brown, Alexander Diaz, Vincent Hardy, Earl Mosley, Matthew Rushing and Scott Willits at Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts. While at Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts Adrian has had the privilege to perform works by Earl Mosley and Scott Willits at Bryant Park in New York City. Adrian has been part of many productions including The Casket Girls, Exodus, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, A Night in India (Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre), Fall and Spring into Dance, Meanwhile at Cinderella’s Opera (Anderson University), Footloose, Spirit of Revolution, Urinetown the Musical (Casper College).

Jesse HernandezJesse Hernández Rodríguez (Courtesy of Anderson University Dance Department)

Jesse Hernández Rodríguez hails from Trujillo, Perú. This is Jesse’s second ballet production. He most recently appeared in “The Sleeping Beauty” Ballet together with the Ballet Theatre of Carmel Academy. Jesse is a sophomore at Anderson University, majoring in Musical Theatre and Marketing. His most recent productions include The Marriage is Fígaro, Rose and the Rime, The Addams Family, among others. He will next be playing the role of Emile de Becque in South Pacific here at the Paramount Theatre on April 18th. Jesse is a member of the AU Chorale and also plays tennis for the AU men’s tennis team. He would like to thank his family back in Perú for their constant support.

Collin BowerCollin Bower (Courtesy of Anderson University Dance Department)

This will be Collin’s first ever ballet production, and he is very excited to be a part of it. Collin is a freshmen at Anderson University, majoring in Musical Theatre and complementary majoring in Dance. He has been in many shows, including Shrek: The Musical, Elf: The Musical, Bye Bye Birdie, and Pride and Prejudice. In his spare time, Collin plays guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, and piano. He is also bass singer in Anderson University’s Chorale.