Dancers’ 10-year memories


To help celebrate our next decade of dance, we’ve asked American Midwest Ballet dancers to share some of their favorite memories from the company’s first ten seasons. We’ve paired their recollections with photos and short videos. We hope you’ll enjoy reminiscing with them as we look forward to what’s coming next! Keep watching this page for new additions…

Katherine Eppink: Dual Role

I have so many good memories from American Midwest Ballet and also Ballet Nebraska. One in particular that comes to mind is opening night of Wizard of Oz, which also served as Bret and Sasha’s wedding! Only a few days before Bret and I were sharing a dressing room in Sioux City and we were talking about her impending wedding. I became aware that her parents as well as Sasha’s were planning on coming the see Wizard at the Orpheum and I offered to officiate a wedding for them. She talked it over with Sasha and they both happily agreed. We worked out a few details like when and where (on stage, after class) and they decided to keep it a surprise. A week later they were married an hour before curtain call with their family and the company as witnesses. That night the company danced what I think was one of our greatest performances to date! What an amazing day that was!

Alexandra Hoffman: An Emotional Connection

One of my favorite memories has to working with Mariana Oliveira on Death and the Maiden. I loved learning the beautiful choreography and connecting so deeply to the character’s story. I will never forget all of the emotions this piece left me feeling after every run-through or performance. It will forever be a defining moment of my career.’

Erin Alarcón: It’s all about community

Over the last ten seasons I’ve loved becoming a member of the AMB community. I’ve formed lasting friendships with not only the dancers but also the artistic staff, production team, costume department, guild and our supporters. This is a team of individuals whose kindness and support have been instrumental in my growth as a person and an artist over the last decade.

Rebecca Brenner: Shakespeare Runs in the Family

‘A favorite memory is dancing the role of Hermia from A Midsummer Night’s Dream! It was my first time performing as a main character, and her character was so fun! I enjoyed dancing the choreography and pairing it with the drama of Hermia’s character. It was also extra special for me because my mom played Hermia when she was in high school. I grew up hearing her stories and never dreamed I’d have the opportunity to perform such a role. I loved having her in the audience to watch, along with my dad, my husband and his parents.

Whitney Walsh: A “bucket list” role

“One of my favorite AMB memories was dancing Little Swans in Swan Lake! That ballet is a bucket list ballet for me, so getting to perform such iconic choreography with my best friends on the Orpheum stage was a dream!”