Your donation keeps dance alive!
Your gift help us stay resilient during this difficult time and can be designated to OAB's general operating expenses, community engagement and scholarship fund, or building maintenance fund.
COVID-19 has had a major impact on OAB. After finishing the last few months of the school year online in the spring, we implemented a phased approach for returning to the studio over the summer. We developed and implemented extensive COVID-19 prevention measures and began the school year at 50% of normal enrollment while needing 100% of our staff and operational capacity. Our dancers and staff adapted by training and teaching in masks, our teachers and staff put in extra hours to disinfect our studios between classes, dancers wait patiently on waitlists to get into classes, and we began to dance in a new way - socially distanced!
Despite our best efforts, COVID-19 remains unchecked in our region. As a socially responsible nonprofit, we are taking a COVID break between Thanksgiving and Winter Break to help mitigate the spread of the virus in our community. While we have no known cases of transmission or exposure at OAB, we feel the risk is too great to our staff, dancers, and their extended families to continue training during this time. We will resume training in January and add three weeks on to our school year to ensure our dancers receive a full year of training.
Importantly, just as we did in the spring, we are continuing to pay all staff during this time to ensure they have a viable and stable job in the arts.
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 2019, we engaged over 3,600 people in dance opportunities. In typical years, we provide over 200 underserved students with free ballet classes in our after school program Dance Away Your Afternoons and produce Omaha Dance Project.
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.
A very special thank you to the following foundations for their incredible commitment to helping OAB cultivate dance in Omaha:
The Sherwood Foundation
The Fred and Eve Simon Charitable Foundation
The Sunderland Foundation
Union Pacific Foundation