about us

about our school


Heartland Conservatory of Dance provides a dynamic training experience for just-for-fun and pre-professional students by emphasizing quality training and performance opportunities.

Our child-friendly environment promotes challenges and allows for ALL students to grow and develop in their own way and in their own time. Students ages 2-18 come to us from all over the region to study jazz, contemporary, tap, and especially classical ballet. HCD is proud to include the AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough 9-level program that combines high-quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development. The ABT® National Training Curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages. Rachel Vickrey is the only Ballet Instructor in Nebraska who has completed all of the levels & is certified with the ABT® Teacher Training in Pre-Primary through Level VII & Partnering.

Our teachers are an important cornerstone of our School’s strength. They instruct students through our curriculum while incorporating their love of both dance & teaching all in a child-friendly environment. 

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Our instructors love dance and children. They work to inspire students while mixing fun, excitement and technique into class.


Our Instructors have children & grandchildren of their own. They meet each child where they are in both physical and mental development. 


Our Instructors are honest, supportive, and motivational. We share insight & knowledge about our students with each other so that  they can reach their potential. 

The true purpose of arts education is not necessarily to create more professional dancers or artists. [It’s] to create more complete human beings who are critical thinkers, who have curious minds, who can lead productive lives.

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Rachel Vickrey

Rachel Vickrey – Rachel’s earliest years were spent sitting on a blanket in the corner of a dance studio watching her parents, professional dancers Robert Vickrey & Robin Welch rehearse. 
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