Susan Chowning, School Director
Susan Chowning trained at the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Upon graduation, she continued as a scholarship student with the Harkness Ballet of New York.
While in New York, Ms. Chowning embarked on her professional career and danced with Ballet of Contemporary Arts, Harkness Dance Theatre, New Jersey Dance Theatre, Westchester Dance Theatre, Festival Dance Theatre, American Repertory, Metropolitan Opera of New York City, Connecticut Ballet, and Omaha Ballet.
As a professional dancer, Ms. Chowning danced various principal roles including Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, and Belle in Beauty and the Beast.
Ms. Chowning has an extensive background in teaching dance from pre-school to professional levels. Prior to joining American Midwest Ballet as School Director, she owned and operated Motion41 Dance for 10 years. Ms. Chowning has devoted her talents and experience to providing knowledgeable, professional dance instruction for over 30 years. She is dedicated to sharing the excitement and joy of dance with American Midwest Ballet students.
Born and raised in Bellevue NE, Ashia began ballet training at age three and started competing at regional and national levels by age eight. She graduated from the University of Nebraska Omaha in 2014 with a degree in Accounting and Finance and has continued to teach dance since graduation.
While trained primarily in the RAD method of ballet technique, she pursued many different dance styles including tap, jazz, hip hop, and contemporary. Asiha performed in Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, led her high school dance team as captain her senior year, and became a Universal Dance Association (UDA) all-star. Asiha is also a Prime Dance Team member for the Omaha Beef indoor football team.
Kristin began her dance training at age three under the guidance of teacher and mentor, Julie McFarland. Kristin earned a B.F.A. in ballet from University of Utah in 2007.
Upon graduation, Kristin moved to Omaha, NE to dance as an apprentice at Omaha Theater Ballet where she taught dance classes and assisted in costume construction. Kristin also appeared in performances with American Midwest Ballet in its inaugural season.
Having taught for nine years at Motion41 Dance, Kristin is an accomplished teacher of ballet, tap, jazz and lyrical dance at all age levels.
Company artist Claire Goodwillie is a ballet, pre-pointe, jazz, tap, creative movement and adult class instructor at AMB School.
Natasha Grimm Gregory
Natasha Grimm Gregory is a ballet and pointe instructor at AMB School.
Alexandra received her classical ballet training under the direction of Ana Lobe of Cleveland San Jose Ballet, training summers at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Nashville Ballet, and Louisville Ballet.
Since joining American Midwest Ballet in 2015, Alexandra has performed leading and featured roles in The Nutcracker, Death and the Maiden, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Wizard of Oz, and Swan Lake. She also danced at Louisville Ballet, and has taught throughout her career
Katherine began her dance training at Creative Arts Guild and its pre-professional performing company, Ballet Dalton. Katharine holds a B.A. from Georgia State University where she led the Pantherettes Dance Team as captain. She danced for two seasons as a professional cheerleader for the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons before moving with her pilot husband to Columbus Air Force Base. In Mississippi, Katharine served as creative coordinator at JKS Studios. After a transfer to Offutt Air Force Base in 2014, Katharine and her family now make their home in Papillion.
Katharine has an extensive background in ballet, jazz, pointe, modern, contemporary, hip hop, and musical theater, and has choreographed for competition dance teams in the Omaha area.
Judith Leppek is a ballet and pointe instructor at AMB School. She also serves as a company teacher for American Midwest Ballet’s professional dancers.
Company artist Cameron Miller is a ballet and modern/contemporary instructor at AMB School.
Kelanie began her dance training in Crystal Lake, IL at Judith Svalander School of Ballet. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.F.A. in dance performance from University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music and Dance.
In addition to American Midwest Ballet, Kelanie has also danced with Madison Ballet, Minnesota Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, and Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company.
Kelanie previously taught at School of Madison Ballet, Ballet Institute of Atlanta, Minnesota Ballet School, and locally in Nebraska.
With a dance career that began in 1976, Jacque earned membership in Actors’ Equity Association at the age of nine. She trained in tap with such greats as Gregory Hines, Al Gilbert, Jason Samuels Smith, Chloe Arnold, Avi Miller and Ofer Ben, Harold “Stumpy” Cromer, Germaine Salsberg, Robert Reed, Tony Coppola, Patrick Roddy and Roxanne Nielsen. Her professional experience includes Annie, The King and I, Fiddler on the Roof, Grease, and many more.
After moving to the Midwest in 2001, Jacque taught dance and musical theater in Omaha, eventually opening her own studio. Jacque taught for many years at Motion41 Dance and other studios throughout the community. She has also taught at tap festivals in New York, Missouri, Colorado and Nebraska.
Jacque is also an accomplished jazz dancer and instructor with training from Gus Giordano and Cleo Parker Robinson. She has also attended teacher training seminars at Alvin Ailey, Joffrey Ballet, Traditions in Tap and Finis Jhung in New York City.
An award-winning choreographer at the regional and national level, Tiffany started teaching and choreographing competition routines at the young age of 13. Tiffany is technically trained in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, musical theater, hip hop, and pom. She has studied under world-renowned choreographers and dance instructors in a variety of styles.
With over 12 years experience as a teacher and choreographer, Tiffany works with dancers of all ages as an instructor, motivator and mentor. Tiffany continues her own dance education by regularly taking classes at The Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles California, and Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Her exposure to multiple styles, techniques, and dance environments has helped her become a well-rounded professional in the dance industry.
Halle began her dance training at Louisville Ballet School. She graduated from Shenandoah University with a B.F.A. in dance performance and an M.S. in performing arts leadership and management.
Halle danced professionally with Motion X Dance D.C., taught at dance schools in the Winchester/Alexandria/Washington D.C. area, staged musicals for Powhatan School and Winchester Little Theater, and served as guest choreographer at Louisville Ballet School’s summer intensive.
In 2018, Halle moved to Omaha with her fiancé who is stationed at Offutt Air Force Base. She has set numerous concert dance and competitive works in the greater Omaha and Lincoln area, and has taught modern/contemporary company classes at American Midwest Ballet.
Katerina began dancing at her grandmother’s studio in New York at age three. She continued her training in Vero Beach, FL in both RAD and Vaganova methods.
Katerina moved back to New York to study at Gelsey Kirkland Ballet Academy (GKA) during high school, and holds an A.A. from Indian River State College. While at GKA, she trained under legendary ballerina Gelsey Kirkland and other world-renowned teachers. After dancing at Gelsey Kirkland Ballet Studio Company for one year, Katerina moved to Omaha to join American Midwest Ballet in 2017. She has previously taught at Motion41 Dance and studios throughout the area.
Company artist Ryan Seate is a pas de deux instructor at AMB School.
Company artist Anders Southerland is a ballet, pilates, jazz and adult class instructor at AMB School.
Julie has thirty years of experience in dance and musical theater. She has performed in productions of Anything Goes, Children of Eden, and multiple dance team productions. She has also choreographed productions with casts of all age levels from small children to adults.
Julie enjoys teaching at the preschool and kindergarten levels in order to build a strong dance foundation in her students while instilling the importance of having fun while dancing.
Katie van der Mars
A professional dancer at American Midwest Ballet since 2012, Katie has performed lead roles including Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, the principal female role in George Balanchine’s Valse Fantaisie, and the Princess Florine and Bluebird pas de deux from The Sleeping Beauty.
Katie has taught classical ballet, pointe and repertoire in Omaha, Lincoln, and St. Charles, Missouri.
The AMB School offers classes in the following genres:
Ballet –Ballet is the foundation of dance. Each level will progress in classical ballet technique and terminology, developing athleticism and grace.
Jazz – Explore the vocabulary and technique of jazz, including isolations, grounded movement, contractions, and syncopation.
Tap –Study the technique of rhythmic footwork.
Modern/Contemporary – Learn classic modern dance technique while exploring contemporary styles and movements.
Lyrical – Interpret the emotions of music through movement based in ballet and jazz technique.
Hip Hop –Dancers learnurban, funk, and street styles with age appropriate movement and music.
Pre-Pointe – Strengthens dancers’ feet and ankles in preparation for pointe work.
Pointe – Part of classical ballet technique danced on the tips of fully extended feet.
Pas de Deux – Dancers learn the coordination and mechanics required to harmoniously dance as a pair.
Pilates – Provides an overall workout of cardio, core fitness, and stretching.
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Financial aid forms must be completed by July 23, 2019 for consideration.
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American Midwest Ballet School
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