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Artistic Director & Staff

Artistic Director, Shari True

Shari True founded Ballet Midwest in 1985 which then merged with Lincoln City Ballet in 1992. The new company was renamed Lincoln Midwest Ballet Company (LMBC) and True stayed on as artistic director. Offering high quality artistic  and educational opportunities for young dancers is her passion. Under her direction, the Company has provided educational outreach programs such as the annual LMBC Summer Camp and Backstage at the Ballet.

True is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with degrees in elementary education and dance. She was a member of Orchesis Dance (ensemble), UNL Flag and Dance Corp, and the Nebraska Dance Ensemble in Classical Ballet.  Her professional dance experience includes being on staff of the Ballet West Summer Dance Camp in Colorado and the St. Louis Ballet. True has taught master ballet classes in Denver, Dallas, and Kansas City. In 1980, she started her own dance academy in Lincoln, now called True Dance & Co., providing instruction in classical ballet, jazz, pointe, and tap to many Lincoln area youth.

Her artistic achievements include writing and choreography for The Crystal Slippers, an original ballet that premiered in Lincoln and went on to be performed by the Chamberlain Ballet Company in Dallas, Texas. She also choreographed Carmina Burana for Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra in 2002. Lincoln audiences have also seen her choreography in Pinewood Bowl productions of  Hello, Dolly! and Carousel

Shari may be contacted at shari.true@hotmail.com

2018-19 Artistic Staff

Artistic Director: Shari True

Conductor: Dr. Herbert E. Dregalla, Jr.

Technical Director: Comprehensive Design Solutions, Tom Curtright

Head Costumer and Costume Builder: Maralee Maldavs, JEM Creations

Assistant to the Costumer: Emily Maldavs

Hair and Make-up Designer/Assistant Costumer: Donna Himmelberger

Lighting Designer: John Himmelberger

Stage Manager: Melanie Rudy

Assistant Stage Managers: Elizabeth Brunke and Sarah Halsted

Rehearsal Assistants: Betsy Andersen, Ashley Durst

Accompanist: Burton Schernikau

Executive Director: Kelly Duncan