Donor Support Allows UNL Dance Program to Keep Student Passion Alive

Photo by Bekah Kehr

Dance has been a part of University of Nebraska–Lincoln student Maddie Krueger’s life since she was three years old. Nearly two decades later, Krueger is a proud member of the dance program in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, where she’s majoring in dance. Krueger is also pursuing a degree in elementary education.

Alongside her elementary education major, being a member of the dance program has allowed Krueger to pursue her passion for dance in a supportive and welcoming environment filled with people who share some of the same passion as she does. “(The UNL dance program) has helped me grow as a person and as a dancer,” Krueger explained. “I’ve developed great friendships through the program.”

In March of 2023, UNL hosted the American College Dance Association North-Central Conference. During the convention, students from Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota gathered on campus to participate in world-class performances, classes and workshops.

“I actually got to take a class from my former ballet instructor from back at home in Kearney, Nebraska,” said Krueger. “That was great.”

Donor support of the UNL dance program positively impacts the program’s students.

“I received a scholarship from a donor for being a dance major and that allowed me to purchase the dance attire and the shoes that I need for class,” said Krueger. “(Without donor support) I wouldn’t be getting a degree in dance. I wouldn’t be able to afford it at all.”

“Dance has always been part of who I am and who I want to be,” she said. “I really am so appreciative of all the experiences that we have been gifted from the generosity of our donors.”

Your support during Glow Big Red impacts the lives of students like Maddie Krueger. Thank you for making a gift to support UNL’s students, colleges and programs and for helping make this year’s Glow Big Red a success!


UNL Dance Program Fund

This expendable fund was created as a general fund to support and enhance the UNL Dance Program. The UNL Dance Program is the only one of its kind in Nebraska. Your support will provide critical funding to advance the work of our students and faculty and will ensure that we provide an environment of excellence for the current and next generation of dancers at Nebraska.