Heartland Conservatory of Dance
Welcome to the Heartland Conservatory of Dance directed by Rachel Vickrey, former professional company member of Ballet Omaha, Tulsa Ballet , North Carolina Dance Theatre, Ballet Omaha and Omaha Theater Ballet. Daughter of Robin Welch and Robert Vickrey, former professional dancers and teachers themselves, Rachel brings exceptional technical knowledge, teaching experience, and an exciting energy and vitality to the School.
If you already know Robin Welch Dance Arts you will recognize Rachel’s faculty of seasoned instructors for Heartland Conservatory of Dance – Deborah Carr, Julia Mackenzie Wiegert, and Mallory Smith. These wonderful teachers will be offering the same inspiring, high-quality classes, progressive syllabus, and friendly, supportive, individually-focused environment you’ve grown to expect.
If you are new to the School, you are in for a treat! Our classes for students of all ages are fun, energetic, challenging and disciplined while also providing students with world-class training. Whether you are interested in dance as exercise and recreation, or as a career, Heartland Conservatory of Dance offers the chance to discover the joy of movement and develop your talents. We believe ALL students deserve the best and we offer just that!
Join us in our fully equipped, state-of-the-art studios for personal attention from trained instructors who insure a comprehensive study in the appreciation, tradition and discipline of classical ballet. Conveniently located at 8801 F Street, just south off the 84th Street exit on I-80. Take the first step and “Come dance with us!”
Director and Teacher – Rachel Vickrey
Rachel Vickrey received her early dance training from her parents, Robert Vickrey and Robin Welch, in New Haven, Connecticut. At the age of 11 she became one of the youngest students to be awarded a full scholarship to the San Francisco Ballet School. She continued to study on scholarships at some of the most prestigious ballet schools in the U.S. and Canada eventually beginning her professional career at the age of 16.
Miss Vickrey has danced as a company member in Ballet Omaha, Tulsa Ballet Theatre, Banff Festival Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theater, and Omaha Theater Ballet. Her passion for expression and a clean versatile technique has given her many opportunities to perform a diverse variety of principal roles including Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Swanilda in Coppélia, the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco, Valse Fantaisie, Allegro Brilliante, and Agon. She has performed works by such renown choreographers as Brian MacDonald, Salvator Aielo, Kennet Oberly, Charles Arnie, Loyce Holton, Lew Christensen, Alvin Ailey, Agnes DeMille, and Harrison McEldowney. Rachel has also performed in Aida, Carousel, My Fair Lady, Sampson and Delilah, All American Concert and Opera for the Cure with Opera Omaha. Over the years Rachel has danced numerous roles with Omaha Symphony. Recently, Rachel has become an artist for WhyArts? , a non-profit dedicated to providing experiential arts workshops and residencies to individuals of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.
Rachel‘s extensive dance education and long career as a professional have given her the expertise to teach in a variety of dance styles. She has taught ballet, contemporary, lyrical, jazz, tap and musical theater. Her teaching credits include company class for the famous Cirque du Soleil Delirium; dance for Mozart 101 for Opera Omaha; and ballet, jazz and tap for: the Omaha Theater Ballet School; the Ballet School of Wilmington; Dance Works (home of the award winning Fox Troupe – a major Southeast elite competition team specializing in tap, jazz, lyrical, acrobatics and open dance); Lake Erie Ballet School; Lincoln Midwest Ballet; True Academy; Southold Dance Theater; and Robin Welch Dance Arts.
Rachel is co-founder and co-artistic director of Heartland Youth Ballet, the regions only student company in the prestigious national organization, Regional Dance America.
Rachel also teaches Pilates at LifeTime Fitness. She received her Pilates certifications through the PhysicalMind Institute, Polestar Education and Balanced Body. Her passion for dance, vast background, deep commitment, love of children, and experiences as a mother, help to make her a favorite teacher for many ballet students.
Teacher – Deborah Carr
Deborah is a choreographer as well as a wonderful teacher. Following her performing career with Ballet Omaha, Connecticut Ballet and the Boston Festival Ballet, Deborah became the ballet mistress for the Omaha Theater Ballet as well as an invaluable teacher for the Omaha Theater Ballet School of Dance and Director of the Student Company.
Deborah is also an instructor at Creighton University and previously served as ballet Ballet Midwest in St. Louis where she also served as their ballet mistress.
Miss Carr’s critically acclaimed choreography for Omaha Theater Ballet includes Tango Café and Pridelands, for which she was the recipient of a choreography award from the Nebraska Arts Council in 2004.
Teacher – Julia Mackenzie Wiegert
Julia Mackenzie Wiegert was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri where she completed her BFA in musical theater from Missouri State University. While in St. Louis she performed at several venues in St. Louis including The Muny and Stages St. Louis. She also toured for a year as Kay/Ernie, in Sesame Street Live’s Elmo’s Healthy Heroes.
Since moving to Omaha in 2012 she has appeared in All Night Strut at the Omaha Community Playhouse and was the dance captain and played the role of Mrs. Potiphar in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Rose.
She is excited to share her technique and experiences with the students of Heartland Conservatory of Dance.
Teacher – Mallory Smith
Mallory has trained with Robin Welch, Deborah Carr and Rachel Vickrey for over a decade. Two years ago Robin Welch took Mallory under her wing and started training her as a teacher. Mallory’s nurturing personality and incredible knowledge of dance has made her a favorite instructor of young children.
As a dancer in Heartland Youth Ballet, Mallory soars to new heights daily. Dancing leading roles and shining in Regional Dance America festivals Mallory is an asset to all!
Teacher – Christina Troia
Originally from Elkhorn, NE, Christina has spent the last few years studying Vocal Performance at Ithaca College in New York. While in school, Christina decide to change her major to Elementary Education and return to Omaha to attend the University of Nebraska. Christina has spend her childhood studying Tap, Clogging, Jazz, Ballet and Musical Theater. The Sound of Music, at The Rose Theater and Godspell, at Ithaca College are just a few of the many productions Christina has performed in. Heartland Conservatory of Dance is so lucky to have yet an other teacher that loves kids and has the knowledge required of a good teacher.
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