About American Midwest Ballet

Our work is beyond words.

Our artform embodies the joy and struggle of the human experience.

Through dance, we make you think, we uplift you, and we inspire you!

American Midwest Ballet, formerly Ballet Nebraska, brings the beauty, athleticism, and energy of professional ballet to audiences in the Midwest and beyond. Performing at home and on tour, our mission is to provide enrichment through programs of the highest quality: professional dance performances, educational programs, and community outreach.

“Raise the barre” with a monthly gift:
The Ballet Barre Society, is American Midwest Ballet’s monthly giving program. Even a small monthly gift can have a HUGE positive impact on American Midwest Ballet’s contributions to the people in our community.

Looking to make a one time gift?  Click here to support the magic of professional dance.


American Midwest Ballet presents three main stage productions each season, performing a broad range of repertory. The company engages notable choreographers from the national dance community and produces new, innovative works by its artistic staff.

Season tickets are on sale now.

October 11 | Joslyn Art Museum
October 13 | Iowa Western Arts Center

Our award-winning annual mixed repertory program features an eclectic mix of ballets that showcase the exciting range of dance as an expressive art form. This season’s selections: Frank Chaves’ sultry Habaneras, The Music of Cuba; Ann Reinking’s sizzling In the Style of Bob Fosse; and Erika Overturff’s off-the-leash Party Animals.


Energy and variety make Momentum an audience favorite:
– “A wonderful and varied program with something for everyone!”
– “This is a perfect show for those who love dance — and those who think they don’t!”
– “We can’t wait for the next show! I was so impressed!”


The Nutcracker

November 24 | Iowa Western Arts Center
December 7 & 8 | Orpheum Theater

Always fresh, lively, and thoroughly entertaining, The Nutcracker returns with the visual splendor and charming story that make it a family favorite. Set to one of composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s most famous works, it transports audiences to the enchanting Land of Snow and the opulent Kingdom of Sweets, featuring a uniquely breathtaking Waltz of the Flowers scene. The Nutcracker includes a cast of 130 professional and student dancers, and features lavish sets and more than 250 beautiful costumes.


Swing, Swing, Swing!
April 4 | Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center
April 11 | Orpheum Theater

It was a time like no other — when young G.I. Joes and Rosie the Riveters gave their all to save the world, then threw away their cares to the beat of big bands and the exhilaration of swing dancing.

You’ll be swept away as a guy, a girl, and their friends flirt, kick up their heels, fall in love, and most of all — Swing, Swing, Swing!

Created by Chicago choreographer and showman Harrison McEldowney, this exuberantly unforgettable work was American Midwest Ballet’s very first production. We are bringing it back to celebrate our decade of dance!



American Midwest Ballet’s talented professional dancers hail from around the nation and abroad. The company plays a key role in the cultural vitality of the region, inspiring people through its expressive performing artists, acclaimed choreographers, skilled teachers, and stunning productions.



A fond farewell: Bret Samson to retire after nine seasons

OMAHA — May 2, 2019 —  As American Midwest Ballet heads into its final performance of the season this weekend, dancer Bret Samson prepares for the final performance of her career. “Bret has been a part of this grand journey from the beginning,” says artistic director and CEO Erika Overturff. A founding member of American Midwest …