Omaha Academy of Ballet


Omaha Academy of Ballet is dancer focused and community oriented. OAB is a nonprofit school of dance specializing in ballet, pointe, creative movement, modern, jazz, and tap for ages three through adult that educates over 500 students annually; presents Omaha Dance Project; operates the Nebraska Dance Camp; and delivers after school beginning ballet classes at Omaha Public Schools. In 2017-2018, we will reach over 3,600 children and adults in the greater Omaha area and beyond.

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Address: 319 N. 72nd Street
Omaha, NE 68114
Since 1962, Omaha Academy of Ballet has built a track record for success by training youth and adults in the art of classical ballet. We seek to create a solid foundation for students who wish to pursue careers in professional ballet or continue as dance majors in college, as well as recreational dancers who seek to learn traditional ballet for self-enrichment and fitness purposes. Our focus on dance as a critical art form and our programming will ensure that children, adults, and dance artists will have a place to train, work, and develop at the highest level of excellence.

In September 2016, the Academy moved to its own building at 319 N. 72nd Street. With OAB's move to this location we join the same block as The Omaha Conservatory of Music and the Omaha Community Playhouse creating a "trifecta" of arts organizations.

Community Engagement: OAB teaches beginning ballet to students at six Omaha Public Schools. Over the course of the school year, students learn beginning ballet skills; attend a performance of Omaha Dance Project; gain knowledge of two classical ballets; and acquire costume-making skills. These classes are offered completely free of charge.

Community Performance: Founded in 2005, Omaha Dance Project serves as the performance wing of the Academy, providing local dancers and local and national choreographers the opportunity to participate in a professional style performing experience open to any and all dancers from the greater Omaha community. In 2018, the Academy presented Omaha Dance Project at Creighton University's Lied Center for the Arts with over 600 children and adults in attendance over three performances. Dancers from the community auditioned and were selected to perform in seven different works by six regional and national choreographers in 2018.
"If you're serious about ballet, OAB is the best in Omaha. Their focus is the classic art and not on competitions like most schools these days. Tuition is surprisingly affordable. I'm very happy that we chose OAB." - R.M. Omaha, NE
"I took dance at OAB for many years when I was young, and now my daughter takes classes there. I love the curriculum and the faculty. OAB is committed to producing sound dancers with meticulous technique and fostering a lifelong love of dance." - C.L. Omaha, NE
"OAB has excellent ballet instruction in a supportive, family oriented environment. Our girls have made good friends while learning to dance." - M.D. Omaha, NE