About American Midwest Ballet


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, its mission is to provide enrichment through programs of the highest quality: professional dance performances, educational programs, and community outreach.

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!

It takes $1.5 million 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.

Tickets are on sale now for upcoming performances.,

Sun., Nov. 18, 2:00 pm
Iowa Western Arts Center 
sold out!
Sat., Dec. 8, 2:00 and 7:30 pm

Sun., Dec. 9, 2:00 pm
See us On Tour

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.

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.



This performance has concluded. 

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.


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.



AMB’s touring season begins with ‘The Nutcracker’

OMAHA – November 11, 2018 – American Midwest Ballet, founded nearly a decade ago by artistic director and CEO Erika Overturff,  is preparing for an epic holiday touring season. Following two sensational season debut performances of Momentum: Rhapsody in Blue to capacity crowds last month, the thriving ballet company turns its attention to the beloved …

New dolls add sparkle to ‘The Nutcracker’

OMAHA — November 2, 2018 — From falling leaves to Christmas trees, the month of November means the holidays are just around the corner. American Midwest Ballet opens the holiday season in a few weeks with a special pre-Thanksgiving performance of The Nutcracker at Iowa Western Arts Center on Nov. 18, followed by a three-show run at Orpheum …