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Ballet Nebraska becomes American Midwest Ballet in 2018-19

Ballet Nebraska becomes American Midwest Ballet in 2018-19

Ballet Nebraska has some big news to share! The community is coming together to advance the ballet to the exciting next phase in its development. Ballet Nebraska becomes American Midwest Ballet in 2018-19. How did it all start? Ballet Nebraska began as a grassroots organization in 2009 and has steadily grown into a key cultural asset in the region. The people behind Ballet Nebraska have given their lifeblood for eight years, and have created a wonderful professional company that the community can be proud of. […]



Omaha Gives! Reflecting on eight joyful seasons as Ballet Nebraska

Omaha Gives! Reflecting on eight joyful seasons as Ballet Nebraska

OMAHA — May 20, 2018 — As the ballet company’s final season under the name Ballet Nebraska came to a close, our production manager Lance Glenn gifted us with a special look back at eight spectacular seasons. Take a walk down memory lane with us. We are backstage on the night of our final performance as Ballet Nebraska, reminiscing about where we began while looking ahead to our upcoming transition to American Midwest Ballet. Celebrate the company with a gift to Ballet Nebraska [American Midwest […]



Eight seasons later, Bret Samson is as feisty, fierce and fascinating as ever

Eight seasons later, Bret Samson is as feisty, fierce and fascinating as ever

OMAHA — May 5, 2018 — As a founding member of Ballet Nebraska, Bret Samson has been through it all. She has experienced the blood, sweat and tears — literally and figuratively,  as well as the joy, laughter and merriment. Many things have changed since the first crop of Ballet Nebraska dancers hit the rehearsal studios, but one thing remains the same: eight seasons later, Bret Samson is as feisty, fierce and fascinating as ever. Bret takes the stage this weekend, reprising the role of […]



Katie van der Mars takes the stage as Titania in Ballet Nebraska’s ‘Midsummer’

Katie van der Mars takes the stage as Titania in Ballet Nebraska’s ‘Midsummer’

OMAHA — April 25, 2018 — At age 11, Katie van der Mars watched as American Ballet Theater (ABT) presented a televised performance of The Dream, a ballet version of William Shakespeare’s classically comedic tale of feuding fairies, misunderstandings, and love on a midsummer’s night. In less than two weeks, Katie takes the stage herself as Titania, Queen of the Fairies, in Ballet Nebraska’s production of Oskar Antunez’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Orpheum Theater on May 5 and 6. . What does it […]



New ‘Midsummer’ fairies emerge from Deborah Overturff’s chrysalis

New ‘Midsummer’ fairies emerge from Deborah Overturff’s chrysalis

OMAHA — April 17, 2018 — We finally convinced our incredibly talented and prolific costume designer, Deborah Overturff, to put down her needle and thread to chat with us about her exquisite work in the upcoming production of Oskar Antunez’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Orpheum Theater in Omaha on May 5 and 6. As she speaks affectionately of her love of costume design and ballet, it is clear Deborah is as exceptional, thoughtful and sparkling as her creations.   Are you designing/redesigning all […]