2023- 2024

50th Anniversary Performance Season

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AYBT’s A Golden Year Beginning

August 19, 2023 at 6:00PM (Performance & Benefit at AYBT Academy building)

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AYBT’s Production of The Nutcracker

December 14, 2023 at 10:00AM (Performance for local area schools)

Public Performances

December 15 & 16, 2023 at 7:30PM (public performances)

December 17, 2023 at 2:30PM (public performances) 

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AYBT’s Production of 12 Dancing Princesses

March 2, 2024 at 7:30 PM at Reardon Auditorium (on Anderson University Campus)

March 3, 2024 at 2:30 PM at Reardon Auditorium (on Anderson University Campus)

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AYBT Alumni Reunion Celebration

(Prior to12 Dancing Princesses Premier)

March 2, 2024 at 5:30PM at AYBT Academy

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2024 Big Four Arts Review (Academy Spring Dance Recital)

May 18, 2024 @1:30pm

Reardon Auditorium, Anderson University

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Guest male dancers


Cole Companion, Guest Artist in Residence 

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. In response to COVID, Cole Companion co-founded an online virtual performance platform called The Isolation Project, allowing artists around the globe to create new and original artistic compositions.

Josh Maldonado

Josh Maldonado, Guest Artist in Residence

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 musical theater 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. His ballet performances include: Snow King, The Nutcracker, and Dew Drop Prince (The Nutcracker), The King (The Little Mermaid), and The King of Hearts (Alice in Wonderland). 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.

Prudencio Rodriguez

Prudencio Rodriguez III 

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 graduated from Anderson University with a degree in Dance Pedagogy. He most recently performed Alice in Wonderland. Prudencio 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.

Fletcher Barr (Courtesy of Indiana University) Fletcher Barr was born in Owensboro KY, where he began dancing at the age of 5 at Johnson’s Dance Studio. Since then, he has trained with Evansville Ballet, the School of Ballet Indiana, and the Harid Conservatory, before returning home to join the Owensboro Dance Theatre. Barr has also trained with the Louisville Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, and Long Beach Ballet summer intensives. Barr has performed lead roles in works choreographed by Justin Peck, George Balanchine, Michael Vernon, and Mark Godden.

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