About American Midwest Ballet

American Midwest Ballet is the region’s resident professional dance company — bringing the beauty, athleticism, and energy of ballet to Nebraska and Iowa audiences. 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.


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 own artistic staff. Our spectacular Season 9 features an all-new Momentum, The Nutcracker, and the premiere of The Wizard of Oz, choreographed by our own Erin Alarcón.

Season 9 tickets currently are available by subscription only! Subscribe now to make sure you get the best seats. Here’s what you’ll see:

Momentum: Rhapsody in Blue

Friday, October 19, 7:30 pm  | Joslyn Art Museum
Sunday, October 21, 2:00 pm | Iowa Western Arts Center

Our annual mixed repertory program features an eclectic mix of ballets that showcase the exciting range of dance as an expressive art form. Headlining this season’s selection: Rhapsody in Blue, choreographed by Erika Overturff to the iconic music of George Gershwin.

The Nutcracker

Sunday, November 18, 2:00 pm  |  Iowa Western Arts Center
Saturday, December 8, 2:00 and 7:30 pm  | Orpheum
Sunday, December 9, 2:00 pm | Orpheum

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.

The Wizard of Oz

Saturday, May 4, 2019, 7:30 pm  | Orpheum

We’re off to see the Wizard! Ballet Nebraska’s Erin Alarcón – creator of acclaimed short ballets from the powerful One in Three to the spirited Bricolage – takes us dancing down the Yellow Brick Road in this imaginative new full-length ballet. Alarcón, a lifelong fan of both the classic film and the groundbreaking fantasy novel, uses the magic of ballet to create an unforgettable experience.


American Midwest Ballet’s talented professional dancers hail from around the nation and abroad, making the Midwest their home to share the excitement of dance with others. Through the company’s expressive performing artists, acclaimed choreographers, and skilled teachers, American Midwest Ballet plays a key role in the cultural vitality of the region.



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 will become American Midwest Ballet in 2018-19. Ballet Nebraska becomes American Midwest Ballet in 2018-19. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the location of American Midwest Ballet’s new home …

ARTS San Antonio welcomes American Midwest Ballet’s The Nutcracker on tour

SAN ANTONIO, TX – July 16, 2018 – ARTS San Antonio will celebrate its 2018-19 Tricentennial Celebration Season with four special presentations of  American Midwest Ballet’s The Nutcracker, in collaboration with San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet for the holiday season.   American Midwest Ballet, formerly Ballet Nebraska, will perform four times at Lila Cockrell Theater on Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 7:30 p.m., Friday December 21, 2018 at …