Alumni

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SIMONE DAVIS

Simone Davis began her training in Omaha, Nebraska at Adair Dance Academy. While training, she received merit scholarships to Kansas City Ballet, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Dance. During her collegiate career, Simone has performed as a guest artist with various dance companies including Wylliams Henry Contemporary Dance Company, Störling Dance Theater, Tristian Griffin Dance Company, and Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey. Simone has also participated in project performances in Kansas City, including performing the work “Black Future” by Michael Blake for the 2021 KC Streetcar Black History Exhibition, as well as being featured in a dance film at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts performing the variation “Dying Swan” for UMKC’s Crescendo event. Currently, Simone is dancing professionally with performance collective Quixotic Fusion. Simone’s extensive training at Adair Dance Academy (2004-2018) prepared her for the world of professional dance because of the emphasis placed on kindness, hard work, and always making a good impression.  

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HARUNA ASANUMA

Haruna first started dancing at the Omaha Academy of Ballet in Omaha, Nebraska.  In 2010, she studied abroad in London to study at Laban Conservatoire of Contemporary Dance, where she trained in Release, Limon, and Cunningham techniques and classical ballet.  She later went on to graduate with her BA (Hons) Degree in Contemporary Dance from the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance.

 

Haruna has performed with Atelier Teatro Danza in Italy and toured Scotland with the SSCD graduate company, while in college.  After graduation, she has performed in Omaha with Maya Taylor Dance Company, TBD Dance Collective, Moving Company, as well as the roles of Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow Queen with Ever After Productions. She later moved to Minneapolis and danced with Metropolitan Ballet, Minneapolis Ballet Dancers and Yuki Tokuda Ballet, where she danced both contemporary and classical works. Some of her favorite roles include Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker, Cygnets in Swan Lake and Friends in Romeo and Juliet.  She has taught at several studios all over the Twin Cities and is excited to be moving back to her hometown and to meet her new students in Omaha.

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RACHEL PRUCH

Rachel Pruch began her dance training in her hometown of Omaha, Nebraska at Adair Dance Academy. In 2014, she was accepted into Ballet Nebraska II, where she performed and trained alongside the company. She has attended summer intensive dance programs at Störling Dance Theater and Stephens College. She trained for one year in Creighton University's dance department before moving to Kansas to study for two years in Störling's Artist Development Program where she received a certificate in dance performance and choreography. She began her teaching career in 2014 with Arts For All and Adair Dance Academy in Omaha and most recently has had the privilege  to teach at The Culture House in Olathe, KS and Premiere Dance and Performing Arts in Bonner Springs, KS. In 2019, Rachel interned with Störling Dance Theater and performed alongside the company in a Catherine Meredith's "Fly Girls" and Mona Enna's "Underground".

Rachel loves teaching and is so excited to begin working once more with the students at Adair Dance Academy.