About American Midwest Ballet


American Midwest Ballet is the region’s professional dance company.

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!

Thanks to our wonderful supporters, we’ve already raised $650,000 this season!

It will take another $100,000 by December 1st to present our magical ninth season of dance. 

How much magic do you want to make possible?



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.

Single tickets are on sale now for Season 9 performances of Momentum: Rhapsody in Blue, The Nutcracker, and the premiere of The Wizard of Oz.

Momentum: Rhapsody in Blue

Fri., Oct. 19, 7:30 pm  | Joslyn Art Museum
Sun., Oct. 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

Sun., Nov. 18, 2:00 pm  |  Iowa Western Arts Center
Sat., Dec. 8, 2:00 and 7:30 pm  | Orpheum
Sun., Dec. 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

Sat., 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. 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.



Matthew Lovegood’s ‘French Songs’ returns for ‘Momentum’

OMAHA — October 8, 2018 — Matthew Lovegood is often praised for his work as a dancer, choreographer, and ballet master.  Each season, he juggles these roles, often wearing all three hats at once. American Midwest Ballet’s upcoming Momentum: Rhapsody in Blue proves to be no exception as Lovegood dances in four of the six works, runs …

Mariana Oliveira brings hauntingly beautiful ‘Death and the Maiden’ to AMB

OMAHA — September 16, 2018 — Growing up in Brazil, Mariana Oliveira was drawn to dance at an early age, stepping into the studio as a four-year-old to take her first ballet class.  Years later, Oliveira had the opportunity to continue her ballet training in London, eventually accepting a traineeship at National Dance Company of Wales. …

Erika Overturff discusses motherhood and ‘Momentum’

OMAHA — September 12, 2018 — American Midwest Ballet is often referred to as artistic director Erika Overturff’s “first baby,” and the members of the company are like her family. But those who know Erika and her husband Brandon Dickerson outside of ballet already know their other first baby is an adventurous two-and-a-half year old named …