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.

Performances


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.

Momentum
Oct. 11 | Joslyn Art Museum
Oct. 13 | Iowa Western Arts Center

Patron reception may be added to Oct. 11 tickets for an additional $25 per person. Location:  Joslyn Art Museum’s Fountain Court immediately following performance, with professional dancers in attendance. 

Our award-winning mixed repertory program features an exciting mix of ballets that showcase the expressive range of dance. This season’s selections: Broadway legend Ann Reinking’s sizzling In the Style of Bob Fosse; renowned choreographer Frank Chaves’ sultry Habaneras, The Music of Cuba; and Artistic Director Erika Overturff’s lively Party Animals.

Momentum makes audiences say:
~ “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!”

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The Nutcracker
Nov, 24 | Iowa Western Arts Center
Dec. 7 & 8 | Orpheum Theater

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 performers, costumes and sets were just amazing!”

~ “Have any of you had such a special moment that it
brought you to tears? It happened to me yesterday at
this production.”

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Swing, Swing, Swing!
Apr. 4 | Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center
Apr.l 11 | Orpheum Theater

Patron reception may be added to tickets for an additional $25 per person. Locations:  Hoff Center (Apr. 4) and Orpheum Theater’s Weaver Lounge (Apr. 11) immediately following  performance, with professional dancers in attendance. 

It was a time like no other – when young G.I. Joes and Rosie the Riveters gave their all to save the world. You’ll be swept away as a guy, a girl, and their friends kick up their heels, fall in love, and most of all… Swing, Swing,Swing! Created by celebrated Chicago choreographer and showman Harrison McEldowney, this exuberantly unforgettable work was American Midwest Ballet’s very first production. Now, it’s back to help us celebrate our 10th Anniversary Season!

~ Featuring live big band music! ~

 

Company


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.

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News


Katherine Eppink brings ballet to North Platte

NORTH PLATTE, NE — July 18, 2019 — American Midwest Ballet’s Katherine Eppink spent this week at North Platte Kids Klub’s Fine Arts Camp held at Mid-Plains Community College (MPCC) in North Platte. The week-long summer arts education program is supported by grants from Nebraska Arts Council and Nebraska Cultural Endowment. Jeff Smeltzer, business and community …

Season 10: It’s Time to Celebrate!

American Midwest Ballet leaps into its tenth season with a celebration-worthy main stage lineup. The region’s professional ballet company makes its season debut this October with  Momentum, featuring the Omaha premiere of Frank Chaves’ sultry, colorful Habaneras: The Music of Cuba, plus the return of two of our most-requested favorites: Ann Reinking’s In the Style …

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 …