Welcome to the Nebraska Summer Dance Camp!

The Nebraska Summer Dance Camp invites you to be part of our 27th year! Join us for seven exciting days of intensive dance – plus outdoor recreation at the Nebraska National Forest – with top Midwest teachers plus our featured guest instructors, Ruth Hoagboon, Mark Kranz and Nichol Mason Lazenby!

This year’s camp dates are:

June 22 – 28, 2014
Nebraska State 4-H Camp View Map
Halsey, Nebraska

How to register:

Right-click here to download a printable copy of the 2014 camp brochure and registration form. Complete the registration form (including your dance teacher’s recommendation) and send it in with your $200 deposit. We recommend registering early to assure your place!

If you have questions or need more information, contact the Omaha Academy of Ballet by emailing us at academy@oabdance.org or calling us and leaving a message at (402) 346-0469. We look forward to seeing you at camp!

About the camp: Exciting, intensive, affordable summer dance!

This fast-paced program will provide a rewarding challenge for dancers at moderate to advanced levels Enrollment is limited to 70; students will be grouped by ability to assure individual attention. Minimum requirements: age 10 and two years of ballet. Students will take three to four classes daily.

In order to achieve balanced enrollment, we limit the number of students in each age bracket – so to avoid disappointment, please send in your application early. When an age bracket is filled, a waiting list system will apply. Waiting-list applicants will be informed.

All students will have one classical ballet class each day, plus 2–3 other classes providing a balanced program for each level:

Pointe – Works on developing the strength and technique needed to allow the female dancer to dance on pointe. (For advanced students only.)

Modern dance – Includes exposure to various techniques, repertory, and specific strength, balance and flexibility training to assist in every form of dance.

Jazz/theater dance – Full warmup, center work, progressions across the floor, and dance combinations.

Modern camp facilities and exciting activities amid spectacular scenery at the Nebraska State 4-H Camp

The State 4-H Camp is located on the edge of the nation’s largest man-planted forest, near Halsey. The camp location combines the best of a forest setting with the great Nebraska Sandhills. Go ‘tubing’ down the Middle Loup River, try your skill on the Challenge Course, walk the forest trails and enjoy the range of animal and bird life on view.

A quality program, affordably priced

The total cost for the summer dance camp is only $430, including tuition, room & board, all activities, and camp T-shirt. Please enclose a check with your registration form, payable to Omaha Academy of Ballet. Register today to assure your place. Registrations will be due June 9.


2014 Camp Faculty

Ruth Hoagboon trained at the Elwyn School of Dance in West Yorkshire, England for twelve years in RAD ballet, tap and modern dance. After that time, she spent three years in intensive training in the art and teaching of ballet at the College of the Royal Academy of Dance in London, England.  Ruth has taught dance for nearly 25 years in England, Germany and across the U.S.  She has prepared students for productions of Cinderella, Coppelia and The Nutcracker, amongst others, as well as preparing and directing dozens of recreational ballet productions. Another specialty of Ruth’s is to improve the ballet techniques of the advanced dancers at competition-based studios. Versed in all forms of dance, she has been asked to speak at universities on the subject of teaching to children with difficult physiques and how to break down and teach steps to students of all ages.

Mark Kranz graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in May 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance.  He gained a great interest in choreography and a love for modern dance from Susan Levine and Jeff Curtis.  With Luminarium Dance Company, Mark performed throughout the greater Boston area and toured New England.  As a company member of Sokolow Now!, Mark performed the works of Anna Sokolow and appeared as a guest artist at Bridgewater State University and alongside Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company.  In December of 2012, he toured India with the Deborah Abel Dance Company and recently returned to Nebraska and currently resides in Lincoln with his wife Bethany.

Nichol Mason Lazenby is a choreographer, performer, and dance educator. She is currently dance faculty at The University of Arizona School of Dance and Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. She teaches modern and jazz technique classes as well as choreography.  She earned her MFA in dance with an emphasis in choreography as well as a Certificate in College Teaching from The University of Arizona in 2011. In 2007, she earned her BFA in dance from California State University of Long Beach and obtained her Pilates certification with an emphasis in dance conditioning from Body Arts and Science International.

Plus top Midwest teachers – Barbara Hartmann, Karen Jamieson, Lynne Nevin, and Patti Zukaitis.

Camp photo sampler