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Katherine Eppink on dance — and the secret we never knew about her feet

Katherine Eppink on dance — and the secret we never knew about her feet

OMAHA — December 21, 2016 — When Katherine Eppink walked into Ballet Nebraska’s rehearsal studios as a young, bright-eyed apprentice a few seasons ago, we fell in love with her talent, quiet determination, strength and beauty. After a couple of years and a promotion to full company dancer, Katherine is even stronger and more seasoned — and we are still captivated. How did you train to become a ballet dancer? I grew up in Des Moines, IA where I trained with several teachers in the […]



Jane’s Muttcracker debut: “It’s amazing what some tender loving care will do”

Jane’s Muttcracker debut: “It’s amazing what some tender loving care will do”

OMAHA — December 9, 2016 — On a cold November afternoon, Jane Krentz made her stage debut to thunderous applause from an appreciative crowd. She would go on to charm thousands of people in three more shows before eventually retiring from performing – for now. Jane is an English Sheepdog, an alumna of the Nebraska Humane Society (NHS) who played society dog, Tchaikovsky, in Ballet Nebraska’s season seven productions of The Nutcracker. Jane has come a long way. She was originally placed in one of […]



Ryan Christopher: “I always want more, both in dance and in life”

Ryan Christopher: “I always want more, both in dance and in life”

OMAHA — November 26, 2016 — After spending much of his early life as an athlete, Ballet Nebraska’s Ryan Christopher shifted gears to focus on dance — specifically, classical ballet. Whether partnering a ballerina or taking the mound to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at a minor league baseball game, he gives it his all. Ryan took some time between shows to tell us a little bit about his life and what inspires him. When did you realize dance was what you wanted to […]



Chance encounter adds ‘Spanish flair’ to Ballet Nebraska’s ‘The Nutcracker’

Chance encounter adds ‘Spanish flair’ to Ballet Nebraska’s ‘The Nutcracker’

OMAHA — November 18, 2016 —  A chance encounter in Omaha’s Old Market inspired a new Spanish dance that will premiere next week in Ballet Nebraska’s upcoming production of The Nutcracker. Erika Overturff, Ballet Nebraska’s founder and artistic director, had not been planning to create a new Spanish scene for The Nutcracker this year. But then… “We were out celebrating my husband’s birthday,” says Overturff, “when we came across a large, ornate Spanish-style fan lying on the sidewalk. There was nobody nearby who might have […]



Ballet Nebraska’s ‘Nutcracker’ Returns to Spirit Lake Dec. 16 & 17

Ballet Nebraska’s ‘Nutcracker’ Returns to Spirit Lake Dec. 16 & 17

OMAHA, NE — November 5, 2016 — Ballet Nebraska’s The Nutcracker is returning to Spirit Lake this holiday season! The Omaha-based professional ballet company will tour its original production of the classic holiday tale in Spirit Lake, Iowa, a resort-style community located at the heart of the Iowa Great Lakes area. This year’s tour includes two performances at Sami Bedell Performing Arts Center on Fri., Dec. 16 at 7:30pm and Sat., Dec. 17 at 1:30 pm, as well as a student matinee for local school […]