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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 […]



A Dancer’s Journey – Alberto Liberatoscioli

A Dancer’s Journey – Alberto Liberatoscioli

As a young boy growing up in Italy, Alberto Liberatoscioli’s interest in ballet began at a very early age. His mother owned a dance studio, so four-year-old Alberto asked her to put him in one of her shows — and he was hooked. “I was fascinated by the first time I heard Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2,” says Alberto. “Not just that piece, but especially that piece.” Being born in Italy less than 40 miles from the birthplace of Enrico Cechetti, master ballet teacher […]



A Dancer’s Journey – Teresa Coulter

A Dancer’s Journey – Teresa Coulter

Teresa Coulter first came to the realization that she wanted to be a professional dancer when she was 12 years old. “In seventh grade, I specifically remember thinking that dancing was the only thing I really wanted to do,” she says. “I decided right then to work harder than ever to make that happen.” During her senior year at Marian High School in Omaha, Teresa spent her time juggling her school work with dance training at Motion 41 Dance and rehearsals with Ballet Nebraska’s second […]



Meet Erin Alarcón

Meet Erin Alarcón

Company dancer Erin Alarcón moved to Omaha in 2010 to dance as an apprentice with Ballet Nebraska in its debut season. In addition to finding a job, she also found a new home, a husband, some wonderful friends, and an opportunity to do what she had been training for her whole life. Erin began her first season dancing many roles in Swing, Swing, Swing and The Nutcracker. She danced a lead role in Elizabeth Nesi’s D’Irah during  Ballet Nebraska’s spring production of Momentum – and […]



Meet Sasha York

Meet Sasha York

Originally from Chelyabinsk, Russia, Sasha York is a founding member of the company and a key member of Ballet Nebraska. He regularly dances lead, soloist and featured roles in the company’s productions. Originally from Chelyabinsk, Russia, Sasha began his classical ballet training at the Paavola School of Dance in Flint, Michigan. He later returned to Russia to train directly under master teacher Urey Urivich. After coming back to the United States, Sasha entered a pre-professional ballet program at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater. During his time in […]