Directors

Angela Beery

Angela Beery received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Education and Performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dance has been a love of Angela’s since the age of three. She has extensively trained her entire life in Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern and Contemporary dance. She was one of the original principal dancers of the Lincoln Midwest Ballet Company, dancing the leading role of Clara in the 1985 Nutcracker. Angela has danced with the Colorado Ballet in their Summer Intensive Dance Program. She was honored to be selected for a dancing role in “To Wong Foo,” a motion picture filmed in Nebraska by Universal Studios. This opportunity allowed her to work with acclaimed “High School Musical”, “Michael Jackson’s- This Is It” and “Descendants” choreographer- Kenny Ortega. Angela was very active as a principal dancer in the University of Nebraska’s Dance Ensemble. As a senior, Angela taught Beginning Ballet at the University of Nebraska. 


While attending UNL, Angela was the recipient of the William and Ann Porter Award for her excellence and creativity in dance. After graduation, Angela was hired as part of the UNL dance faculty at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. While attending Lincoln High School, Angela was a sophomore cheerleader and captain of the drill team for two years. Later, she enjoyed being a member of the UNL Flag Line performing in the Federal Express Orange Bowl. Angela has been active in many Regional and National dance competitions and pageants throughout her life. She has enjoyed working with children while teaching and choreographing in Lincoln for the past twenty-six years. 


Over the years Angela has received numerous choreography awards and honorable mentions for her dance creations. To name a few, “Songbird”, “Purple Rain”, “Time After Time”, “The Last Snowfall”, “In the Lonely Hour”, “La Luna”, “Slowly Freaking Out”, “The Rose”, “I’ll Keep You Safe”, “Nearly Morning”, “Goodbye”, “Flying Solo” and “This Storm” these pieces choreographed by Angela received top awards, overall honors, judges choice, choreography and entertainment awards. These are just a few of Angela’s amazing honors with unbelievable competition and talent. In 2017, Angela’s lyrical piece she choreographed “Nearly Morning” was honored at the Omaha Adrenaline Competition to win the highest honor of 1st Overall Junior small group, Fan Favorite, Best of Show and The Heart Stopper award for the highest score in the entire competition. This amazing team of dancers repeated their success and received 1st Overall and the Apogee Award for the highest score 12 & under at the regional StarQuest Competition. Angela’s jazz piece she choreographed entitled “Goodbye” received several Top Overall awards throughout the season as well as a national title at the Spotlight Dance Cup National Competition. In 2018, Angela’s lyrical piece she choreographed “This Storm” received choreography awards at several competitions including Rainbow National Dance Competition, Talent On Parade, Adrenaline and received the most prestigious choreography award at the PrimeTime competition earning the Top Choreographer of the entire event. This piece was also nominated for an IDA award in the Lyrical/Contemporary genre for the top performance at the Spotlight Competition. 


This past season, Angela’s class and private coaching has enabled her dancers to take top overall honors including, Technical Skill, Judges Choice, Entertainment, Choreography, Costume, scholarships and cash awards at both local and national levels of achievement. Among the many National achievements UDA has earned over the years Angela was proud to have choreographed and instructed many National top overall winning dances. Angela’s greatest joy is watching her dancers create lifelong memories and friendships while growing through the art of dance.


Vivian Ball

Vivian Ball received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance Education and Performance from the University of Nebraska– Lincoln. Before graduating from UNL, Vivian attended Stephens College in Columbia, MO, and Texas Christian University. While at UNL, Vivian held principal roles in many performances as a dancer, singer and actress, as well as presenting her choreography at UNL in her own formal dance concert. While a senior at UNL, she taught beginning ballet and jazz classes. She was a member of the UNL Flag Line for four years, performing in several bowl games.


Prior to attending UNL, Vivian was captain of the Pomalinks dance team at Lincoln High School. Vivian was honored to be on the All-American Drill Team for her excellence in dance technique. The All-American Drill Team allowed her to perform in several bowl games, as well as travel to many different countries. Vivian’s coaching and choreography has helped both Lincoln Northeast and Lincoln North Star High Schools receive many local and national awards. Vivian has had the honor of judging several cheer and dance team try-outs in Lincoln each year. Vivian was proud to take a team of dancers from Universal Dance Academy to perform in the 1999 Federal Express Orange Bowl in Miami, FL. In 2000 they performed at The National Championship Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, LA. In 2003 the team returned to Miami, FL to Perform at the Federal Express Bowl Game. Vivian was an original company member of the Lincoln Midwest Ballet Company, where she has had several roles in twelve Nutcracker performances. Vivian was a dancer, singer, and actress at the Omaha Community Playhouse, performing in the original production of “Will Roger’s Follies.” 


Vivian’s exceptional talent in teaching and choreography has also been demonstrated at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln where she was a part of the UNL dance faculty from 1996 to 1997. In 1997, Vivian choreographed the dance and fight scenes for UNL’s production of “Oklahoma.” Vivian has instructed and choreographed for thirty years in the Lincoln community. Vivian’s past production choreography of “Legally Blonde” and “Hairspray” received Diamond top-overall scores, entertainment awards, and a choreography award. In 2010, Vivian was given the opportunity to co-choreograph dance in the opening and closing ceremonies during the 2010 National Special Olympics held in Lincoln, NE. In 2013, her tap dance entitled “Home” received the “Heart Stoppers” award given to the highest scoring dance at the Adrenaline competition. Her proudest moment was winning the 2013 National Production title for “ELF” co–choreographed with Angela Beery. In 2014, 2015 & 2016 she was honored to choreograph several National Championship 1st Overall dances including: “Can’t Touch This,” “Get Up Offa That Thing,” “Wake Me Up,” “September,” “My Treasured Suit and Tie,” “Shatter Me”, and “Trouble With My Baby”. In 2016 Vivian won a National Choreography Award for her tap group “One More Time”. In 2017, Vivian’s jazz solo choreography of “Miss Kiss” won Junior National Champion, her tap choreography “Bring It Back” won the 2017 Mini Honored Dancer Title & she received a National choreography Award for her lyrical solo “Just Come Home”. 


In 2017 Vivian was honored to be up for the Industry Dance Awards “Best Tap Performance” for her choreography “Brand New Day”. Most recently her tap choreography “I Love Senoritas” won Junior National Champion at both Spotlight Midwest Nationals & The National Dance Honors for 2018. Her Teen tap duo “Borrow My Heart” also received a National choreography award & won National Champion. Currently Vivian, is up for the “Best Jazz Performance” of 2018 for her piece “Under These Lights”. She will be traveling to Los Angeles, California to the 2018 Industry Dance Awards in August to be presented with this honor. Vivian feels so blessed to have spent more then thirty-three year’s inspiring UDA dancers to learn and love the art of dance.