Student Matinees

American Midwest Ballet is pleased to present school shows to area students in partnership with educators who join us in the belief that the arts are a key component in the complete education of a young person.

The ballet partners with educators to bring students to daytime performances and workshop classes, reaching more than 7,500 students annually through education programs.

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About Student Matinees

Student matinees (school shows) are shorter versions of our full-length productions designed with the student in mind. Each performance features a discussion with our artistic staff during the show and access to a custom study guide to help students and teachers prepare for the show.

This program meets many Nebraska and Iowa Fine Arts standards for Dance.

Admission is only $5 per student, $10 per adult, and for every 15 students, a chaperone gets in for free!

Funding for tickets and busing reimbursement is available for Title I partners.

Season 12 Student Matinee Programs

The following descriptions are examples only. Due to the abridged nature of school matinees, program content for individual performances is subject to change.

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Swing, Swing, Swing!

Wednesday, March 30 – 10:30 – 11:30 am
Thursday, March 31 – 10:30 – 11:30 am
Friday, April 1 – 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center,
Council Bluffs
Orpheum Theater, Omaha

As a fitting finale to Season 12, rediscover the spirit of a time like no other – when young G.I. Joes and Rosie the Riveters gave their all to save the world, then threw away their cares to the beat of big bands and the exhilaration of swing dancing. You’ll be swept away as a guy, a girl, and their friends flirt, 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 all rediscover the joy of dance… of music… and of swing!

Comments from Participants

I really enjoyed every part of the trip from getting on the bus to clapping when the show ended. I couldn’t take my eyes off the stage when we were there. I am very glad you donated the money for us to see the ballet. I will always have that memory in my head. I absolutely love dancing and the show made me smile each time they danced. Which was all the time.  – Fifth grade student

Our building serves a primarily low income, high risk population. Most have very little, if any, exposure to quality ballet performances. It is amazing to see these young ‘tough’ kids soften during the performance, sit up, and pay attention.  – High school teacher

Thank you for paying for us to go to the really fun ballet. I usually don’t like ballets. But this one inspired me that ballets aren’t just for girls. My favorite part of the ballet was when Giselle died. I don’t know why. It’s probably because it was the most emotional part of the ballet. I could feel like I was in the village. Thank you for letting us go.  – Fifth grade student

Our kids thoroughly enjoyed the performance. It really added a special treat to the holiday season. Thank you for thinking of our kids and helping us make a difference in their life.  – Boys Town

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