About American Midwest Ballet

Inspiration. Beauty. Athleticism. Energy.

American Midwest Ballet is your resident professional dance company, bringing work beyond words to audiences in Nebraska, Iowa, and beyond. Performing at home and on tour, our mission is to provide cultural enrichment through dance programs of the highest quality: breathtaking performances, engaging education, and uplifting community outreach.

Raise the barre

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.

Or, show your support with an annual or one-time gift.


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.

Swing, Swing, Swing!

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 year!

Featuring live big band music! 

In support of public health officials’ effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, American Midwest Ballet has rescheduled its performances of Swing, Swing, Swing!

Swing, Swing, Swing! performances will now kick off Season 11 as follows:

Saturday, Oct. 3
7:30 pm
Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center (sold out)
Friday, Oct. 9
7:30 pm
Orpheum Theater

If you already hold tickets to Swing, Swing, Swing, you have two options:

  1. If you plan to join us for the rescheduled performance, no action is needed. Your current ticket will be honored on the new performance date for its venue. We look forward to seeing you at the show!
  2. If you cannot attend the rescheduled performance, please consider donating the value of your ticket to American Midwest Ballet. Your generous gift will help sustain us during this challenging time. You will receive a tax receipt for the full value of your donation. To donate your ticket, please contact Development Director Sarah Maloney at sarah@amballet.org.

Should these options not work for you, please contact the Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center (boxoffice@paceartsiowa.org) or Ticket Omaha (ticketomaha@o-pa.org). Please be advised that you may experience a longer-than-normal wait time; we greatly appreciate your patience. Season ticket holders with questions, please contact seasontickets@amballet.org.


If you don’t yet have tickets, now is the time! Contact Ticket Omaha for the rescheduled October 9 performance at the Orpheum Theater.


Choreography: Harrison McEldowney

American Midwest Ballet [Ballet Nebraska] Premiere:
Orpheum Theater, October 2, 2010 

It’s World War II, and a patriotic fervor unites the nation as Americans support both each other and their collective cause. Our scene is set with soldiers embarking on their daily routine – energized by spirit and determination. 

At the same time, a bevy of hostesses prepares for the task ahead of them: providing entertainment to the servicemen on leave at New York’s Stage Door Canteen. The soldiers seek a happy refuge from the rigors of war at this famous establishment. Big Band music, swing dancing and a host of performers offer much-needed recreation to these American heroes. One lucky man even finds love at the canteen and a girl to call his own. 

The soldiers are shipped off to defend the nation. With the men away at war, the women assume the duties left behind – joining the workforce and coining the phrase “Rosie the Riveter.” Overseas, the soldiers reflect on the nature of GI life and dream of Vargas calendar girls. Back in New York, a hostess from the Stage Door Canteen longs for the return of her new love, while he simply dreams of home. 

A nation rejoices as the war ends and the soldiers return home. The young lovers reunite and dream of being a “Me & Mrs. You.” In celebration, the Stage Door Canteen once again comes alive to the sounds of Swing, Swing, Swing! 


Performing onstage with the dancers in Swing, Swing, Swing!, the DoyleMusic Combo is a collection of some of the finest jazz musicians in the Omaha area. Its members have played with local groups including Luigi Inc., The Confidentials, Rave On, the Omaha Big Band, the Steve Raybine Band, and many more, as well as in the original 2010 production of Swing, Swing, Swing! 

Band members are: 

  • Doyle Tipler: leader, trumpet
  • Ken Janak: saxophone, clarinet 
  • Camille Metoyer Moten: vocals
  • Jeff Scheffler: guitar
  • Mark Haar: bass
  • Carlos Figueroa: drums 

The Nutcracker

This production has concluded.

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 are just amazing!”

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


This production has concluded.

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!


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.



Now serving: online dance classes at home!

As part of its response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, American Midwest Ballet’s official school is now offering a selection of online dance classes, available free to the community. Recorded by American Midwest Ballet School faculty members, the on-demand classes can be viewed at any time and range from creative movement for pre-schoolers to advanced-level ballet, tap, modern/contemporary, …

Rescheduled: The most swinging show in town!

The health and wellness of our audiences and dancers is of utmost importance to us. In support of public health officials’ effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, American Midwest Ballet has rescheduled its April 4 and April 11 performances of Swing, Swing, Swing! Swing, Swing, Swing! performances will now kick off Season 11: Hoff Family Arts & Culture …