Staff and Faculty   



Juliette Henning, Artistic Director

Juliette grew up in Akron Ohio. She received her training from the Dance Institute of Akron, Ballet Excel Ohio, Canton Ballet, Cleveland Ballet, and North Carolina School of the Arts. She performed in children's roles with the New York City Ballet and Atlanta Ballet as well. Her professional career took her to Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet Omaha, and the Cincinnati Ballet Company. Favorite roles include The Nutcracker’s Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy and Balanchine's Serenade, under Suzanne Farrell. She has also danced in music videos and with Opera Omaha. Juliette has taught advanced ballet and pointe for more than 20 years in Omaha. Since 2013, Juliette has served as the Artistic Director of Omaha Dance Project. In 2022, Juliette was promoted to the full-time Artistic Director position at Omaha Academy of Ballet.

Elizabeth Dauner, Academy Manager

Elizabeth joined OAB in 2017 with over 15 years of retail management experience. She also owned and operated her own photogrpahy business in the greater Omaha area for seven years. She specializes in management, accounting, and business organization. In her free time, Elizabeth likes to spend time with her husband and their three children. 


Sheila Nelson received her training at the Omaha Academy of Ballet and at Creighton University under the direction of Valerie Roche. She has performed with Creighton’s dance company and served as a faculty member in its dance department. She was selected by the Nebraska Department of Education as a team member for Frameworks, a program which brought dance education to Nebraska schools. She has completed many exams in both the RAD and ISTD systems and holds full membership status in the Royal Academy of Dancing. Sheila was Co-director of OAB from 2008-2014.
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 is a member and registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dancing, London. Lynne has studied the Alexander Technique, a method for analyzing and improving movement patterns, in which she is preparing for International Certification. She teaches dance at UNL and has served as a teaching artist for Lincoln’s Arts Are Basic Artist-in-the-Schools program. In addition, she is a teaching assistant for “Dancing Classrooms”, a program of The Artery. Her choreography has been presented through the dance departments of University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Creighton University and by OAB’s Omaha Dance Project.
Allyson Pfortmiller recieved her dance training at Creighton University, where she studied modern, tap, jazz, lyrical, pedagogy, and performed with the Creighton Dance company.  She currently choreographs and performs in the Omaha area.
Mary Royer is a graduate of Creighton University with a degree in Social Work and a minor in dance. She performed in multiple ballets and shows with the Creighton Dance Department and took classes in modern, ballet, tap, and jazz. Mary has continued her dance education by taking classes at Omaha Academy of Ballet.
Patti Zukaitis received her BFA degree in dance from Creighton University in 1974 and graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with an MFA in dance in 1986. She has performed with The Omaha Ballet, Creighton Dance Company and various choreographers in New York City and Omaha. Patti has been a teacher at OAB and a faculty member in the dance department at Creighton University since 1991. She holds the Associate Diploma through the ISTD Professional Teaching Examinations and served as Co-director of OAB from 2002-2014.