Welcome to the Nebraska Summer Dance Camp
June 17-23, 2018                                                                           
Nebraska State 4-H Camp
Halsey, Nebraska 
 One full week of intensive dance classes, fun and exciting camp activities and a lifetime of memories!
Dance classes include Ballet (including pointe work) plus jazz, modern, lyrical and choreography
featuring top midwest teachers and special guest teacher Leslie Abegglen!
Now in our 31st year of 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 dancers and 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 register 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 enriching activities amid spectacular scenery at the Nebraska 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 the 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, and 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.

Accommodations at the State 4-H camp include cabins with bathrooms and showers. The main lodge, grand ballroom, and cabins are air conditioned. Nutritious and tasty meals to nurture active, young bodies are served in updated dining facilities.

The total cost for camp is just $500, including tuition, room & board, all activities and camp T-shirt.
(Add $60 for optional bus transportation to and from camp - leaving from Omaha) 

Leslie Abegglen

Originally from Lincoln, Leslie Abegglen has been dancing since the age of five. She earned her degree in Dance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she worked with dance greats such as Fred Matthews, Gail Kassing, and Derryl Yeager. During her 5-year tenure with the Omaha Ballet, she performed many classical works such as Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, though her favorite role was the pas de deux from Don Quixote. Leslie performed and taught at numerous companies and collectives including Creighton University’s A Company of Dancers, Omaha Modern Dance Collective, and Omaha Academy of Ballet.

Abegglen was the Interim Director of the Dance Program at the University of Nebraska-Kearney for two years, after a 12-year tenure as the Director of Dance at the Jewish Community Center in Omaha. Currently, Leslie is on faculty at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, teaching all levels of ballet and choreographing work for faculty concerts and musicals. She also instructs at The Dance Works and previously at Kearney Community Learning Center. Leslie is active in the community and serves on several Boards including MONA (Museum of Nebraska Arts) and Rowe Sanctuary. She is excited to be returning to Nebraska Dance Camp for her fourth summer!

Ashley Durst attended the University of Nebraska for one year where she was a member of the Scarlet’s Dance team. She transferred to Oklahoma City University where she received her bachelors and masters degree in Dance Performance and Dance Teaching. While in Oklahoma she taught and choreographed for numerous dance studios including judging and teaching for Dance Masters of America Dance Convention. At Oklahoma City University she was a member of the American Spirit Dance Company, in which she toured and served as the company representative. Ashley also danced on the school’s Pep dance team, Liturgical Dance Team, and spent a summer as a dancer in the Oklahoma City Theme Park production shows. Post graduation Ashley spent eight months dancing and traveling with Carnival Cruise Lines as a dancer in their production shows.

Danielle Laurion MA, R-DMT, GLCMA, PLMHP is a dancer, educator, dance/movement therapist, and choreographer in the Omaha area. She is the interim director for The Moving Company, teaches dance courses as an adjunct faculty at the University of Nebraska—Omaha, heads the dance program at Omaha South High School, works as a dance/movement therapist for CHI’s residential treatment facility, and is the director of the Reach For It program for people with Parkinson’s Disease. She specializes in working with different populations to integrate the mind and body through movement. Prior to moving to Omaha, Danielle danced with companies such as Kho Thi, David Dorfman, Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, and Hip Hop Connexion.