Dancer Focus

Omaha Magazine talks to Bret and Sasha

Omaha Magazine talks to Bret and Sasha

Omaha Magazine recently published a lovely peek into the lives of  Ballet Nebraska company dancers — and real-life couple — Sasha York and Bret Samson. “I am paid to lift pretty girls for a living,” says Sasha. We can’t think of a better job, Sasha!



Alberto’s ‘Fantastique’ Summer

Alberto’s ‘Fantastique’ Summer

We received this great letter from company dancer Alberto Liberatoscioli at the beginning of August. He is headed back from his European summer adventure to work at Ballet Nebraska for Season 4: Hi Ballet Nebraska, Here I am! I am now resting a bit after my first international event in my hometown. I hosted Ballet Fantastique from Oregon after a two-year long project to bring them here for their first European tour. I produced the event, coordinated their stay and directed the show featuring their […]



Sweet home Alabama all summer long

Sweet home Alabama all summer long

Ballet Nebraska dancers Vivi DiMarco and Danielle Pite represented the U.S.A. in  Montgomery Ballet’s International Workshop and performed in Don Quixote, premiering at the Davis Theater in Alabama July 26, 2013 The women (who also happen to be roommates and friends, as well as co-workers at Nebraska’s ballet company) appeared alongside dancers from around the world, including Australia, Mexico, Cuba, and Korea. The group performed with dancers of Montgomery Ballet, where Ballet Nebraska’s artistic director Erika Overturff was once a company member. The two performed featured […]



Company’s European men discuss ‘Nutcracker’

Company’s European men discuss ‘Nutcracker’

While boys the United States may recognize music from The Nutcracker as it blares in the background of truck commercials and perhaps sit a little taller when the mice and soldiers begin to battle, the Nutcracker experience for boys on the other side of the pond is quite different. Ballet Nebraska’s three European dancers  – all of whom happen to be men, coincidentally – explain how the significance of The Nutcracker became clear only after they began dancing in the U.S.   Alberto Liberatoscioli  Italy: […]



A Dancer’s Journey: Bret Samson

A Dancer’s Journey: Bret Samson

When seven-year old Bret Samson received Piotr Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker cd as a present, she immediately began dancing around the house. As the music played on, her mom felt compelled to ask Bret if she wanted to take ballet lessons. “I was such a shy kid,” says Bret. “Up until that moment, I did not want to take any lessons – for anything.”  But ballet was different. Soon Bret was dancing in her Wisconsin hometown at a small studio called Lake Shore Dance, her second […]