Your gift can be designated to OAB's general operating expenses, community engagement and scholarship fund, or building maintenance fund.
Since 1962, OAB has built a record of accomplishment by training youth and adults in the art of classical ballet. 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.
In 2016, we relocated to our permanent home at 72nd and Cass Streets. Since moving into our new studio location, the OAB student body has increased 39% to 445 students with a 19% increase in racial diversity. In 2018, we engaged over 3,600 people in dance opportunities. In 2018-19, we provided over 150 underserved students with free ballet classes in our after school program Dance Away Your Afternoons. We also staged our 14th annual Omaha Dance Project in January 2019, where over 50 community dancers delighter over 600 audience members!
We are $89,000 short of reaching our goal that will result in a $200,000 grant to our Building Maintenance Fund. By realizing this goal, we can guarantee future generations of dancers will benefit from OAB's unique model of dance instruction. Your continued support will ensure OAB's longevity and progress toward the following objectives:
• Increasing our enrollment to further maximize our beautiful new facility;
• Maintaining our commitment to affordable dance training for all by increasing need-based scholarship awards;
• Growing community outreach through dance performances and events;
• Continuing to offer professional-style performance opportunities to local and regional dancers, choreographers, and musicians.
A very special thank you to the following foundations for their incredible commitment to OAB and cultivating dance in Omaha:
The Sherwood Foundation
The Fred and Eve Simon Charitable Foundation
The Sunderland Foundation
Union Pacific Foundation