Staff Instructors

Deborah Carr: Ballet









Deborah is both a wonderful teacher and successful choreographer. Following her performing career with Ballet Omaha, Connecticut Ballet and the Boston Festival Ballet, Deborah became the ballet mistress for the Omaha Theater Ballet as well as an invaluable teacher for the Omaha Theater Ballet School of Dance and Director of the Student Company.

Rachel and Deborah met in New Haven, CT when Rachel was twelve years old and the two have worked together for different companies & schools for the last 29 years. 

Miss Carr’s critically acclaimed choreography for Omaha Theater Ballet included Tango Café and Pridelands, for which she was the recipient the Nebraska Arts Council Choreography Award in 2004.

Deborah is also an instructor at Creighton University and previously taught at Ballet Midwest in St. Louis where she also served as their ballet mistress.


Lauren Beitel: Contemporary, Jazz & Contemporary









Lauren Beitel, a Lincoln native, teaches math at Omaha Central High School, where she also coaches the cheer and dance squads.  Lauren has her Bachelors Degree in Math and Masters Degree in Teaching from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she was a member and captain of the Scarlets Dance Team.  During college she taught at True Dance, and choreographed for their competition team and for local high school dance teams.

Lauren trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, and hip hop at True Dance, and was a member of the Lincoln Midwest Ballet Company, performing in their productions of the Nutcracker and Snow White.  In addition to her local training, Lauren competed at the regional and national level with her studio’s and high school’s competition teams.  She also attended summer dance programs with American Ballet Theater, Virginia School of the Arts, American Academy of Ballet, and NYU’s Tisch Dance School. Lauren has also performed in musical theater productions with Lincoln’s Pinewood Bowl.

She is excited to share her passion for dance with her students at Heartland Conservatory of Dance

Brian Priesman: Musical Theater









​Brian is an Omaha-based Actor and Theater Teaching Artist. As an actor, he’s performed regionally and nationally. Favorite roles include “Hot Blade Harry” in Urinetown: The Musical, the Baker in Into the Woods, Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing, Charlie Brown in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, and Patsy in Spamalot: The Musical. Growing up, Brian studied both musical theater and dance (tap & jazz) at multiple studios throughout the metro-area. As a teaching artist, Brian has taught for the Omaha Community Playhouse, the Nebraska Theater Caravan, the Rose Theater, the Omaha Children’s Museum, and Why Arts? Brian studied Theater and English at the University of Nebraska and Acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Brian is married to Laura, who puts up with far more than she should ever have to, and his greatest achievements are his two brilliant children, Tess and Ezra.


Madeline Deavenport Stein: Ballet & Pilates

Madeline Deavenport Stein is originally from San Diego, CA, where she began studying at The California Ballet School. At age 16 she moved to Philadelphia, PA to train at The Rock School for Dance Education.  Madeline has danced with The North Carolina Dance Theatre, The Pennsylvania Ballet and Minnesota Dance Theatre, as well as with Ballet NY, Avi Scher & Dancers, and New Chamber Ballet in New York City. Mrs. Stein was on faculty at the Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance, and The Studio New Canaan in Connecticut, as well as Minnesota Dance Theatre & School in Minneapolis. From 2012-2017 Madeline was the head ballet instructor at Dance By Kris in Cottage Grove, MN. Over her 5 years with DBK, Madeline passionately coached and pushed her students to new heights, while helping them to discover an appreciation for classical ballet technique. Mrs. Stein coached and choreographed for many dance competitions where her students received high accolades. Madeline received numerous special awards and choreography awards as well. In addition, Madeline is Pilates Method Alliance certified Pilates mat and apparatus instructor.

Chelsea Luth Fredrick: Ballet, Tap, Modern

Chelsea Luth-Frederick is a seasoned dance instructor having taught in the area for over 15 years. She started her dance training under Robin Welch at Ballet Omaha and continued her training with Omaha Theater Company Ballet. There, she studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern and dance theater.  Chelsea was Clara in the Nutcracker and danced in the Rose’s productions of Babes in Toyland, The King and I, the Wizard of Oz and many more. She toured the U.S. on a competition dance team learning from world-renown choreographers and broadening her dance repertoire. She then went on to dance in Omaha Theater Company’s pre-professional company. Chelsea has won awards and scholarships for her dance and choreography, and was one of ten students across Iowa who was selected to attend Belin Scholars Institute for Performing Arts. Through the years, she has performed in many different plays, musicals, shows and ballets throughout the Omaha/Lincoln area. Chelsea fell in love with modern dance and danced with Omaha Modern Dance Collective, Central Dance and the Moving Company. She has studied many styles of modern dance and has taken classes/workshops with Parsons, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Pilobolus, Paul Taylor, and Lester Horton technique.  Chelsea continues to dance with Make(shift) Movement Collective, and looks forwardto choreographing many new up and coming dance projects in the community. 

Having a passion for health and wellness, Chelsea went to school for massage therapy and structural integration, and has studied anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, nutrition and exercise science.  In addition, Chelsea graduated from Creighton University where her focus was in American Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies and sociology. Connecting her scholarly work with dance, she enjoys American Social History and ethnomusicology and incorporates music and dance history into all of her classes. 

Chelsea lives in Omaha with her husband and two children. Chelsea is excited to bring her broad experience, educational background and fun and exciting approach to teaching to Heartland Conservatory and Morningstar. 



Sarah Preston: Contemporary & Jazz (Substitute Instructor)

Sarah was proudly a participant in The Nutcracker for nine years, and was a Lincoln Midwest Ballet Company member for five years, acting as an apprentice for three years. Sarah was on the Apollonaires Dance Team at Lincoln East for two years and held the role of performance captain. Sarah was a member of the True Dance and Co for 16 years, taking class, performing, and competing with the team throughout her primary school years. After high school graduation, she expanded her involvement by becoming a staff member focusing on contemporary and jazz technique. Sarah choreographed numerous national award winning group numbers, solos, duos, and trios for True Dance and Co and worked extensively with the nationally ranked competition team. Sarah graduated from the University of Nebraska in 2012 with a degree in Human Science and Education. She continues to work with children and families while pursuing her Master’s in clinical social work.



Guest Faculty & Choreographers

Robert Vickrey -

Miro Magloire -

Ryan Nye -

Nicole Cisler - Choreographer ​

Altin Naska - Artistic Director Chicago Music & Dance Festival International ​

Ashlee Knapp - Ballet - New York City Ballet

Adrian Frye - Ballet - Soloist, Ballet West​

Liz Reiter - Classical Jazz - Gus Giordano