Guest Choreographers

Nilas Martins

Bournonville Divertissements
Spectacular works of Danish master choreographer, August Bournonville.
Featured in Ballet Nebraska’s Momentum (April 1 & 8, 2017).

nilas martinsNilas Martins was born in Copenhagen, Denmark.  His early years of training began at age seven at Royal Danish Ballet School. As a student he performed with Royal Danish Ballet in such works as John Neumeier’s Romeo and Juliet; August Bournonville’s Konservatoriet, A Folk Tale, and Napoli; and Glen Tetley’s Firebird.

Martins is the son of New York City Ballet’s ballet master in chief, Peter Martins, and Lise la Cour, formerly of Royal Danish Ballet. In 1984, Martins moved to New York to enroll at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet. At SAB’s annual Spring Workshop performances, he danced in George Balanchine’s Cortège Hongrois and Who Cares?, Jerome Robbins’ The Concert, and Bournonville’s Konservatoriet. In June 1986, Martins became an apprentice with New York City Ballet, and was promoted a few months later to the company’s corps de ballet.  In 1991, he was promoted to soloist, and again two years later to the rank of  principal dancer, retiring in 2010 after a long career.

Martins visits Omaha this season to stage Bournonville Divertissementsa series of excerpts from some of Danish master choreographer August Bournonville’s most beloved works — for Ballet Nebraska’s season seven production of Momentum.


Harrison McEldowney

A witty, original satire on the intersection of dance and sports.
Featured in Ballet Nebraska’s Momentum (April 1 & 8, 2017).

mceldowney gcHarrison McEldowney is a Ballet Nebraska favorite. The company made its 2010 debut with McEldowney’s homage to the 1940s in Swing! Swing! Swing!

McEldowney has choreographed for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street II, River North Dance Company, the Civic Ballet of Chicago, the Cerqua/Rivera Art Experience, Ballet Met, American Repertory Ballet, Louisville Ballet, Chicago Shakespeare Repertory, and he was resident choreographer for Configurations Dance Company.

The inaugural recipient of the Prince Prize award, McEldowney has also received choreography awards from Ruth Page Center for the Arts, After Dark, and Choo-San Goh.  Other choreographic achievements include the opening work of the 10th Anniversary of Dance for Life, the finale of Dance Chicago’s 10th Anniversary, the 35th anniversary tour of American Bandstand, directing the Australian tour of More Dirty Dancing, the Barcelona Olympics Closing Ceremonies (1992), and Carnegie Hall’s Celebration of 125 Years of Musical Theater. McEldowney also directs shows for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines including Freedom of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship.

In addition to creating dances for theater stages, McEldowney also choreographs for film and television. In 2008, the documentary Billy Sunday, which featured McEldowney, was nominated for an Emmy Award.