In 1989, a small group of arts advocates met to discuss the future of the cultural arts in Ashland and its surrounding region. Little did I know what that lunch meeting at the Chimney Corner Tea Room would mean for the art of dance in the Tri-State Region, and for me personally.
With backing from the Foundation for the Tri-State Community, the Paramount Women’s Association, the Ashland Foundation, Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, Ashland Bank Clearinghouse, Ashland Car Dealers Association and a host of volunteers, the Ashland Youth Ballet was born. We produced our first show on Christmas of 1989, the Paramount Arts Center had a holiday dance concert, and our dancers have enjoyed master classes and enhanced learning opportunities throughout the process. “A Christmas Fantasy” was scheduled, which included excerpts from “The Nutcracker,” as well as a rendering of “The Night Before Christmas” entitled “T’was the Night” and “The Ice Maiden.”