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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 […]



Juggling touring and holidays with Matthew Carter

Juggling touring and holidays with Matthew Carter

OMAHA — Dec. 18, 2017 — In past years, Ballet Nebraska’s final performance of The Nutcracker at the Orpheum would usher in holiday break for our company dancers. This year, the dancers are heading south for the winter — earlier than our usual tour season — to perform Dec. 29-30 in the Ballet Vero Beach production of Nutcracker on the Indian River. Ballet master, Matthew Carter, shares details about his newest roles in The Nutcracker, his holiday plans, and some highlights of the season so […]



Inaugural Nutcracker Gala raises $120,000 for Ballet Nebraska

Inaugural Nutcracker Gala raises $120,000 for Ballet Nebraska

OMAHA — Dec. 13, 2017 — More than 175 guests and professional dancers gathered at Omaha’s Orpheum Theater on Fri,, Dec. 1, as Ballet Nebraska held its first biennial Nutcracker Gala. The inaugural event raised more than $120,000 to support the ballet company in its mission to bring professional dance performances, educational programs, and community outreach to the region. Honorary chairs for the evening’s event were Steve Martin of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska and Amy Haddad, PhD, of Creighton University. Event chairs were […]