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JULIAN ADAIR

Director/Owner

Julian began her formal dance training in 1973 and earned a B.F.A in dance from Creighton University in 1987. Since that time, she has performed and choreographed professionally throughout the Midwest. Her teaching history since 1985 includes many of the major dance programs in the Omaha area, including the Jewish Community Center and Dana College. Julian directed the Mercy High School dance program, starting in its first year in 1991 through 1996.

Julian founded Tanzlust, Inc. and Dance Conspiracy, Inc., both of which provided local choreographers and performers with venues for modern dance in Omaha. Serving on many boards and committees, her involvement also includes the Omaha Modern Dance Collective and the Theater Arts Guild. She has performed and choreographed for many area theaters with over 160 productions to date. She has been a two-time recipient of the Theater Arts Guild Outstanding Achievement in Choreography award and is the 2017 Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards Outstanding Choreographer Award.

Julian wrote, produced, and directed “Nutcracker Delights,” an annual production for Ever After Productions, in cooperation with Adair Dance Academy. In 2009, the production was nominated for two Theatre Arts Guild Awards. She has published Advice to a Dancer, a poetry and dance photography book. Her latest children’s book titled Nutcracker Delights, was released in the fall of 2017.

In 1993, Julian successfully opened the Adair Dance Academy. She is happily married to Steve Adair, Vice President of ADA, Inc., and they have two daughters, Camille and Colette, both avid young dance enthusiasts.

CAMILLE ADAIR

Faculty

Camille has been studying dance all of her life, with training in Ballet, Modern, Musical Theater, Tap, Contemporary, Pedagogy and Composition at Adair Dance Academy, and in Paul Taylor, Missouri Contemporary Ballet and Nebraska Dance Programs. She has served as assistant choreographer at Beveridge Magnet School and the UNO Theater Department. Her performance credits included Bellevue Little Theater, Omaha Dance Project, Nebraska in Motion, Ever After Productions Nutcracker Delights, The Omaha Community Playhouse and two national tours of A Christmas Carol with the Nebraska Theater Caravan. While continuing to teach, perform and choreograph, she is pursuing degrees in political science and communications at UNO.

COLETTE ADAIR

Faculty

Colette has studied dance since she was very young with training in Ballet Modern, Musical Theater, Tap, Contemporary, Pedagogy and Composition at Adair Dance Academy, Nebraska Dance Summer Programs, Tulsa Ballet and has been on scholarship at the Next Generation Ballet in Tampa, Florida. Her performing credits include Omaha Dance Project, Bellevue Little Theater, Ever After Productions Nutcracker Delights, OPS Summer Musicals, Nebraska in Motion and the National Tour of A Christmas Carol in the role of Tiny Tim with Nebraska Theater Caravan. 

MARIAN FEY

Faculty

Marian has worked in the arts for most of her professional life. She co-founded The ARTery which was the first organization to bring the Dancing Classrooms program to schools outside of New York City. As Executive Director of Nebraskans for the Arts she advocated for arts education and policy. Most recently Marian was the Executive Director of the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. Currently she is heading up a new initiative in the Millard Public Schools connecting the community to the needs of MPS students.

Throughout her not-for-profit career, Marian never stopped dancing and is excited to be teaching ballet and tap at Adair Dance to some of the studio’s youngest dancers.

ELLIE STANARD

Faculty

Ellie began her dance training at the age of three with instructor Deanna Beal of On Broadway Dance Studio. She received her training in jazz, tap, ballet, modern, and musical theatre from On Broadway Dance Studio, Patrick Roddy, Dance Unlimited, and Adair Dance Academy. Ellie attended Mercy High School where she found herself enrolling in eight semesters of dance classes and performing in numerous outside performances from her involvement in ‘Dance Club’. After graduation, Ellie attended Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri where she was involved in the Northwest Dance Company and taught dance at Maryville Dance Academy. Ellie lead her students to many competition awards and was awarded several choreography awards. Ellie graduated from NWMSU in December of 2009 with a degree in Organizational Communication. She loves teaching with her sister, Becky Niemack, and sharing her love of dance with ADA.

TRICIA LOVEJOY

Faculty

Growing up in New Orleans, Tricia Lovejoy trained with Lelia Haller, Premierre Danseuse with the Paris Opera Ballet, who gave her students a thorough grounding in both the French and the Bournonville (Danish) systems of ballet pedagogy, as well as exposure to the Cecchetti method. 

She attended high school at the Washington School of Ballet with Mary Day and with Ben Stevenson of the Royal Ballet, where she studied RAD (Royal Academy of Dancing).

With further training in Soviet Russia at the New Choreographic Institute in Moscow and the Tbilsi State Opera Ballet with Mikhail Lovravsky, Tricia found the Vaganova system provided strength of technique and refinement of epaulement.

Tricia’s career took her through the U.S., Canada, and Guatemala, affording her the pleasure of dancing many of the great classical Ballets, operas, and the works of emerging choreographers with Tulsa Ballet Theater, Hartford Opera, New Orleans Ballet, Delta Festival Ballet, and the New Orleans Opera Association.

Some of the coaches and choreographers with whom she’s worked include Georgina Parkinson, Ivan Nagy, Leon Danileon, Rochelle Zide, Roman Jasinsky, Royes Fernandez, Arthur Mitchel, and Victoria Simon.

Tricia holds certificates in “The Theory and Practice of Teaching Ballet” with Gilbert Mayer of the Paris Opera Ballet, International Teachers Seminar, and “Tbilisi State Opera Ballet Certificate of Study”, Vaktang Chabukiani and Mikhail Lavrovsky.

She is a member of the International Dance Council (CID) at UNESCO.

Tricia is a multifaceted teacher with a passion for helping dancers in their technical and artistic growth.

Having taught ballet for 35 years, her strengths lie in her musicality, understanding of anatomy, attention to detail, love of art and history, and her desire to encourage the psychological health of each student.

STEPHANIE TEPOX

Faculty

Raised in Newtown, Pa. She began her ballet training at the age of four. She went on to study at the School of the Pennsylvania Ballet, where she would remain for the next ten years, training and performing with the company. In the fall of 1992 she joined Tulsa Ballet Theatre, and in the fall of 1994 moved on to join Ballet Omaha. She began her teaching career in the fall of 2001 in Pa. In the summer of 2012, she relocated back to Omaha, and is currently teaching at the Adair Dance Academy.

RACHEL PRUCH

Faculty

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.

EMILEE ROSS

Faculty

Emilee Ross is an Omaha native. Emilee longed to dance from a young age and was fascinated with the world of ballet. She officially started dance lessons at the age of eight. At ten, she began lessons with Adair Dance Academy, where she studied for 8 years, before graduating from Omaha Central High School. Through Adair she has participated in over 30 performances and over 65 dance numbers, including dancing en pointe in "Waltz of the Flowers" in the beloved show Nutcracker Delights. She participated in four of Adair's Choreographer's workshops, including the very first one held in 2009. She has training in Ballet, Pointe, Tap, and Modern. After graduation, she attended college at Wayne State on a full tuition scholarship from the Nebraska Board of Trustees. Upon receiving her BA in English in 2018, she ventured to McDonough, Georgia where she spent a year taking classes on Bible, theology, and ministry. While in Georgia, she worked with Creative Movement and Dance, the premier on site dance education company in the Southeast region. She has spent the past two summers working as a camp counselor at the Omaha Children's Museum and teaching dance classes around the Omaha area for Arts for All. Emilee has been with Adair as faculty since September 2019. 

LAURA SAMBOL

Faculty

Laura Sambol, former Radio City Rockette from Omaha, joins us for our first “Rockettes 101” summer program. A fun class featuring choreography from the iconic “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers,” and routines performed by the Rockettes in New York City and Las Vegas.  Laura will also share personal stories, pictures, videos, and give dancers a behind the scenes look at what it’s like to audition for and dance with one of the most famous dance troupes in the world.  Along with dancing with the Rockettes, Laura’s credits include “The European Tour of 42nd Street,” “Pleasure Island Explosion” and “Kids of the Kingdom” at Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida, “Miracle on 34th Street Premiere,” at Radio City Music Hall, and “Salle des Etoiles” in Monte-Carlo. Laura is a graduate of Oklahoma City University’s world renowned Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment, and was a scholarship recipient at the premiere dance studio “Steps on Broadway” in New York City.