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 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 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.
From Houston, Texas, Julie grew up dancing under her mom, Bobbi Leahy, and began teaching at the family studio in her early teens. Among her training experiences included Houston Dance Center, Discovery Dance with Pam Stockman, summer intensives at the Burchfield Ballet, and numerous classes and conventions in the Houston area. As a high school senior, she garnered the captain position on the dance team and was the recipient of several awards. While earning a degree in Hospitality Management at the Hilton College at the University of Houston, Julie directed the Friendswood Fillies Jr. Dance team and competed around Texas.
The last quarter century she has devoted her time to her better half (Bart) and their 12 children. Christina and Rebecca both danced at Ballet Memphis, and Ana, Isabella and Kathleen are currently dancing at Adair’s. Julie met Julian 20 years ago and choreographed for her while pregnant with #4 (Scott), who returned at 16 and danced the part of the Cavalier in the Nutcracker. With a very grateful heart, Julie is thrilled to be back in Omaha and the opportunity to teach under Julian.
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 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.
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.
Becky began her dance training at the age of three with instructor Jeanne Roddy. She received extensive jazz, modern, and ballet training from the studios of Donnie Meyer Holmes, On Broadway, Adair Dance Academy and the Mercy High School dance program under the direction of Julian Adair. She and her husband, Will have two school-aged daughters who also have a great passion for dance.
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 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 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.
Remmi Plath began dancing with Adair Dance Academy at a young age and spent summers training with the American Ballet Theater, Next Generation Ballet School, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet School. After graduating high school, Remmi went on to train at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at UMKC. Upon graduating with her BFA in Dance, she went on to train with Oklahoma City Ballet and was offered a trainee contract with the company. Remmi is excited to be back with the studio who started her love for dance and to share her knowledge and passion with all of her students!
Teresa began her dance training at age 3 and has trained in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, contemporary, modern, musical theatre, and choreography at Cherrie Anderson’s, Mary Lorraine’s, Omaha Academy of Ballet, and Motion 41. She has also studied with the Kansas City Ballet, North Carolina School of the Arts, and Kaatsbaan International Dance Center in New York.
She has performed with Moscow Ballet’s Nutcracker, Omaha Dance Project, Project Diva, Ballet Nebraska II, Motion 41’s Repertory Ensemble, as well as competitive dancing.
She has danced two seasons with Ballet Nebraska (2011-2013), has taught all around Omaha including Fusion Dance Studio, the Jewish Community Center, Broadway at the Rose, and the Omaha Academy of Ballet.
She currently teaches at Adair Dance Academy and immensely enjoys the passionate and hardworking students here!