Artistic Director

Rachel Vickrey

Miss Vickrey has danced as a company member in Ballet Omaha, Tulsa Ballet Theatre, Banff Festival Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theater, and Omaha Theater Ballet. Her passion for expression and a clean versatile technique has given her many opportunities to perform a diverse variety of principal roles including Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Swanilda in Coppélia, the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco, Valse Fantaisie, Allegro Brilliante, and Agon. She has performed works by such renown choreographers as Brian MacDonald, Salvator Aielo, Kennet Oberly, Charles Arnie, Loyce Holton, Lew Christensen, Alvin Ailey, Agnes DeMille, and Harrison McEldowney. Rachel has also performed in Aida, Carousel, My Fair Lady, Sampson and Delilah, All American Concert and Opera for the Cure with Opera Omaha. Over the years Rachel has danced numerous roles with Omaha Symphony.

Rachel‘s extensive dance education and long career as a professional have given her the expertise to teach in a variety of dance styles. She has taught ballet, contemporary, lyrical, jazz, tap and musical theater. Her teaching credits include company class for the famous Cirque du Soleil Delirium; dance for Mozart 101 for Opera Omaha; and ballet, jazz and tap for: the Omaha Theater Ballet School; the Ballet School of Wilmington; Dance Works (home of the award winning Fox Troupe – a major Southeast elite competition team specializing in tap, jazz, lyrical, acrobatics and open dance); Lake Erie Ballet School; Lincoln Midwest Ballet; True Academy; Southold Dance Theater; and Robin Welch Dance Arts.

Rachel is co-founder and Artistic Director of Heartland Youth Ballet, the regions only student company in the prestigious national organization, Regional Dance America.

Rachel also teaches Pilates at LifeTime Fitness. She received her Pilates certifications through the PhysicalMind Institute, Polestar Education and Balanced Body. Her passion for dance, vast background, deep commitment, love of children, and experiences as a mother, help to make her a favorite teacher for many ballet students.