- OAB Capital Campaign
Omaha's dancers for 50 more years
from past participle of développer, to develop; see develop. A ballet
movement in which one leg is raised to the knee of the supporting leg and fully
goal of the Développé - OAB Capital Campaign is to ensure the success of
Omaha Academy of Ballet (OAB) into our next 50 years. The Campaign seeks to
raise $2.0 million to:
Purchase and renovate the building $1,500,000
Program expansion, Community Engagement and Scholarship funding $250,000
Building maintenance $250,000
1962, OAB has built a track record for success by training youth and adults in
the art of classical ballet – where training dancers is our only focus. 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. We also have a tradition of collaboration and partnership
with other Omaha arts organizations including the Creighton University Fine and
Performing Arts Department, Opera Omaha, Omaha Community Playhouse, Joslyn Art
Museum, Jewish Community Center and the Omaha Symphony.
the last several years, we have outgrown the space capacity at our current
location at 50th and Dodge Street. This year we reached maximum
capacity for several of our classes before we opened the doors for the first
day of classes. We currently have 68 ½ hours of studio space utilized per
week, which is double the amount of hours from our first year in this location.
We have maximized the space to beyond capacity – and are out of physical space
to accommodate our current programs. In order to grow and develop we must
have more space.
September, 2015 a new location was presented to the OAB Board of Directors and
after careful consideration the Board unanimously approved a motion to proceed
with an offer to purchase a property at 319 North 72nd Street in
Omaha, which suits our needs beautifully. The larger space allows for growth of
our current programs as well as participation in collaborative programs with
our partners at a closer proximity. From our new location we will literally
share the same block in midtown Omaha with the Omaha Community Playhouse and
the Omaha Conservatory of Music. The thought of having three strong,
well-established arts organizations sharing lot lines in one section of Omaha
is incredibly exciting!
you for all of your generous donations so far! In September, 2016 we
officially began the move to our new building! The dancers and staff are
so excited about our new space and what's to come.
We still have a lot of work to do!
Développé - OAB Capital Campaign will secure our future for generations to
opportunities are available.