Welcome to the Nebraska Summer Dance Camp!

The Nebraska Summer Dance Camp invites you to be part of our 28th 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, Brian Bender, Ashley Durst and Nichol Mason Lazenby!

This year’s camp dates are:

June 21 – 27, 2015
Nebraska State 4-H Camp View Map
Halsey, Nebraska

How to register:

Go online to oabdance.org if you wish to pay by credit card or click here to download a printable copy of the 2015 camp brochure and registration form. We recommend registering early to assure your place!

If you have questions or need more information, contact Omaha Academy of Ballet by emailing us at academy@oabdance.org or calling us 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, including pointe work for those at that level, plus 2-3 other classes, providing a balanced program for each level.  Other dance classes will include modern dance, jazz/lyrical, choreography, and tap.

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, NE.  It’s location combines best of a forest setting with the great Nebraska Sandhills.

There’s a lot more to Dance Camp than just dance!  Enjoy walking the forest trails, challenge yourself on the TRUST course and zip line, get creative making your own tie-dye shirts.  Water activities include games, water slides, mud pit, and tubing down the Middle Loup River.  At night, gather around the camp fire and enjoy evening programs in the main lodge including cabin skits, talent show, and other special group activities.

The rustic yet lovely and modern accomodations at the State 4-H camp include cabins with bathrooms and showers, air conditioned main lodge and grand ballroom, updated dining facilities with nutritious and tasty meals to nurture your active bodies.

A quality program, affordably priced

The total cost for the summer dance camp is only $440, including tuition, room & board, all activities, and camp T-shirt. New this year, we will be offering transportation by bus to and from Omaha for an additional $60. If paying by check, please make it payable to Omaha Academy of Ballet. Register today to assure your place. Registrations will be due June 8.


2015 Camp Faculty

Brian Bender received his early dance training at Creighton University under Omaha Academy of Ballet founder, Valerie Roche. He has been a soloist, principal dancer and guest artist in residence with The Banff Centre of Fine Arts, The Alberta Ballet, Colorado Ballet, and The Royal Winnipeg Ballet of Canada.  Brian Bender’s pedagogic approach reflects extensive experience in the training principles of The Bournonville Technique, Vaganova Method, The Royal Academy of Dancing, and Method of the Paris Opera Ballet. As former Director and Owner of The Dancer’s Advantage in Denver, CO, Brian Bender has enjoyed passing on the traditions of classical ballet, stagecraft for dancers, and the art of professional development to the new generation of young dancers.

Ashley Durst was born and raised in Lincoln, NE and grew up dancing in the Lincoln Midwest Ballet Company’s annual Nutcracker, performing lead roles such as Snow Queen, Spain, and Clara.  She received her Bachelors and Masters degree in Dance Performance and Teaching from Oklahoma City University.  She has performed on television, at theme parks, and most recently with Carnival Cruise lines as a dancer in the production shows.  Ashley has choreographed for several dance studios throughout Nebraska and Oklahoma, as well as judging and teaching for the Dance Masters of America Dance Convention.  Her work was seen in this year’s Omaha Dance Project.  Ashley currently teaches dance in Omaha, Lincoln, Creighton University and is also a rehearsal assistant with the Lincoln Midwest Ballet Company.

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 – Julian Adair, Barbara Hartmann, Karen Jamieson, Lynne Nevin, and Patti Zukaitis.

Julian Adair began her formal dance training in 1973 and earned a B.F.A. in dance from Creighton University in 1987. She has performed and choreographed for many area venues with over 120 productions to date and has been a two time recipient of the Theater Arts Guild Outstanding Achievement in Choreography Award. She is the founder of Adair Dance Academy INC, now in it’s 22nd season and is the Artistic Director of Ever After Productions, annually producing the holiday favorite “Nutcracker Delights”.

Barbara Hartmann teaches health for the Omaha Public Schools. She owned the Creative Dance for Children dance studio in Fremont, Nebraska for 25 years, teaching creative movement, ballet, jazz and tap. She also has taught jazz at Omaha Academy of Ballet and Creighton University and is certified by Dance Masters of America.

Karen Jamieson received her advanced training from Valerie Roche. She has a teaching diploma from Royal Academy of Dance and Associate Diploma from Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, London. She is owner/director of Heartland School of Dance, Grand Island, Nebraska.

Lynne Nevin began her dance training in Lincoln with Flavia Waters Champe, and later continued her studies in Omaha with Valerie Roche. She received a BA degree in art history from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She holds the Associate Diploma through the ISTD Professional Teaching examinations, and has studied the Alexander Technique (a method for analyzing and improving movement patterns.) She teaches dance at UNL and at Omaha Academy of Ballet.

Patti Zukaitis received a BFA in dance from Creighton University and an MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and holds the Associate Diploma through the ISTD Professional Teaching examinations. She is co-director of Omaha Academy of Ballet and a faculty member in the dance department at Creighton University.

Camp photo sampler