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.

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Introducing the Ballet Barre Society, our new 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.

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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 The Wizard of Oz.,

Sat., May 4, 2019, 7:30 pm  | Orpheum

We’re off to see the Wizard! In a world premiere production, American Midwest Ballet’s Erin Alarcón takes us dancing down the Yellow Brick Road in an imaginative new full-length ballet. 

A lifelong fan of both the classic film and the groundbreaking fantasy novel, Alarcón uses the magic of  ballet to create an unforgettable experience through her interpretation of the beloved Oz story and its iconic characters: Dorothy, the storm-tossed but unflappable heroine; her companions the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion; the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch; and, of course, the  Wizard himself.


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.



Costume designer Deborah Overturff is the real Wizard of Oz

OMAHA — April 4, 2019 — Why does choreographer Erin Alarcón consider American Midwest Ballet’s costume designer Deborah Overturff to be “the real Wizard of Oz?” From head to toe — or witch’s hat to ruby slipper, in this case — Deborah is responsible for the fabulous costumes, over 180 in all, which bring The Wizard …

Erin Alarcon: When the dreams you dare to dream really do come true

OMAHA — March 18, 2019 — Erin Alarcon‘s love for The Wizard of Oz began decades ago. “I was five years old when I performed in the Lullaby League,” says Alarcon of her first performance in a ballet production. The experience served to spark a lifelong affection for the L. Frank Baum classic and its …

American Midwest Ballet announces opening of its new school

OMAHA — March 3, 2019 — Artistic director Erika Overturff has announced American Midwest Ballet’s plans to open an official school. Susan Chowning, director of Motion41 Dance, will join American Midwest Ballet’s staff as school director. The studio’s co-director, Matthew Lovegood, will continue in his role as ballet master of the professional ballet company. Chowning …