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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 four 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. In 2013 Universal also had the honor of winning the 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 Off 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”. Vivian's teaching & choreography in 2018 of “I Love Senoritas” won Junior National Champion at both Spotlight Midwest Nationals & The National Dance Honors. Her Teen tap duo “Borrow My Heart” also received a National choreography award & won National Champion. In 2018, Vivian once again traveled to he Industry Dance Awards in Los Angeles, California. Vivian had the pleasure of receiving a Award for having one of the “Best Jazz Performances” for 2018 with her choreography & dancers who performed “Under These Lights". In 2019, Vivian's dancers received several National Championship Awards in Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary and Jazz . “Stylin”, ”All The Way”, “Rest of My Life”, Unpack Your Heart”, “Swing Machine”, “Cloud”, and “Unworthy” are just a few of her pieces to receive National Titles at the Spotlight Dance Cup in Wisconsin, Dells and The National Dance Honors in Orlando, Florida. Most recently, Vivian with Co - Owner & best friend Angela Beery celebrated 25 years of business. The two co - owners have been providing Lincoln with the highest quality dance training & leadership for the past 25 years together. Vivian feels so blessed to have spent more them thirty-five year’s inspiring dancers in Lincoln, she is very excited to start the new dance season with all her students.
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-eight 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”, “This Storm”, “Cry to Me”, “Slide”, “Take This Heart of Gold” and in the 2019 season Angela received a National choreography award for her mini small group lyrical piece “Through the Eyes of a Child”. These dancers also had the honor of winning the mini small group Champion National title at the 2019 National Spotlight Dance Cup. Also, in 2019, Angela’s choreography and instruction led the small group junior team “Take This Heart of Gold” to winning the Odyssey Award at the StarQuest Competition where they received the highest score 12 & under. “Take This Heart of Gold” also won the “Best of Show Favorite” at the Adrenaline Competition in St. Louis, MO. This amazing team of dancers also closed out their season winning the Championship National title for Junior small groups at the 2019 National Spotlight Dance Cup for “Take This Heart of Gold”. Angela’s junior solo choreographic piece “Don’t Worry About Me” was also honored to win the 2019 National Spotlight Dance Cup National Title. UDA was honored to have several teams invited to perform in the PrimeTime live finals and Angela’s choreography and small group teen lyrical piece “Slide” ultimately won the highest honor and Presidents Cup at the Extreme level at the 2019 PrimeTime dance competition. Angela’s choreography and this team of dancers was also honored to win the PrimeTime Presidents Cup in 2018 for their performance of “This Storm”. These are just a few of Angela’s amazing honors with unbelievable competition and talent. 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 and Costume awards, scholarships, and cash awards. 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. Every day Angela gets to work with her amazing dancers is a blessing to her!
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