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Anna Swenson trades white snow for white sand in new ‘Nutcracker’

Anna Swenson trades white snow for white sand in new ‘Nutcracker’

OMAHA — Dec. 24, 2017 — Who do we have to thank for the gorgeous blanket of snow this Christmas Eve? Sure, you can thank the convenient confluence of high and low temperatures, atmospheric water vapor, and ice crystallization — but we’ll just credit our beautiful Snow Queen, Anna Swenson, for the millions and millions of perfect snowflakes that fell last night — probably in perfect synchronization. Anna and her Ballet Nebraska co-workers will soon trade white snowfall for white sand as they head to […]



Rachel Smith is ready for a Midwest Christmas and Florida family reunion

Rachel Smith is ready for a Midwest Christmas and Florida family reunion

OMAHA – Dec. 23, 2017 — New England transplant, Rachel Smith, is spending Christmas in the Midwest this year. The second-year apprentice has already begun making her mark on Ballet Nebraska with a lithe and fluid style that is a joy to watch. Rachel is journeying eastward again soon  — albeit a bit farther south than usual — for her debut in the Ballet Vero Beach production of Nutcracker on the Indian River Dec. 29-30 where she will meet up with family for a post-Christmas […]



Wherever she dances, Claire Goodwillie is home for the holidays

Wherever she dances, Claire Goodwillie is home for the holidays

OMAHA — Dec. 22, 2017 — Unlike most of our company dancers, Omaha native Claire Goodwillie is already home for the holidays and excited to spend it with her family and fiancé. But like everyone else, Claire will pack her pointe shoes the day after Christmas to fly to Vero Beach, Florida as she performs with her Ballet Nebraska co-workers in Nutcracker on the Indian River. Even that trip will be a homecoming of sorts as Claire reunites with Ballet Vero Beach artistic director, Adam […]



Chloé Watson finds a moment of peace to relax between Nutcrackers

Chloé Watson finds a moment of peace to relax between Nutcrackers

OMAHA — Dec. 21, 2017 — When company artist Chloé Watson leaps into a role and onto the stage, she inevitably draws focus with her graceful style and gorgeous feet. It is almost impossible to look away — so we don’t even try. This winter, Chloé leaps from one city to another — and from one production of The Nutcracker to another — as she prepares for a post-Christmas journey to perform in Florida with fellow Ballet Nebraska dancers in the Ballet Vero Beach production […]



Katie van der Mars’ abundantly overflowing calendar

Katie van der Mars’ abundantly overflowing calendar

OMAHA — Dec. 20, 2017 — Katie van der Mars came to Ballet Nebraska as a young apprentice in season two. This season, she recently wrapped up the debut of one of her dream roles as Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker at the Orpheum. The Nutcracker season is far from over. Ballet Nebraska dancers head to Florida later this month where Katie will perform a familiar and favorite role — and a couple of new ones —  in a brand new version of The […]