Dance Programs

Tuesday’s Creations

Tuesday’s Creations is a six-week dance program for elementary age children offered in the fall and spring in the Betty Toman Dance Theatre in the Forker Building. There is no cost for enrolling in the program.

Department of Cultural Affairs at the Iowa Historical Building

During Mammoth Mondays elementary students spend the day at the State Historical Building visiting exhibits and participating in a thirty minute dance/movement class facilitated by Iowa State Dance students. Affectionately referred to as “the attack of the 200 third graders,” the groups are arranged into ten people tribes to solve a series of dance “problems.”

Des Moines Art Center

Assistant Professor Janice Baker facilitates the Creative Day for the Des Moines Art Center yearly. This full day event brings first and second grades to the facility for a half day when they tour the gallery, produce a hands on art project, and create movement responses to a chosen art work. Responding to an assortment of music and props, the students paint the artwork in space. The authentic movement responses of the students are amazingly articulate and expressive. Iowa State Dance students are encouraged to attend and help facilitate the six classes

The New Visions Dance Project

The New Visions Dance Project is asked to dance at a variety of events. It was our delight to be part of the celebration of the anniversary of the Americans Disability Act. We perform approximately once a month for civic functions. Classes are held in Des Moines at the Dance Place in the spring, summer, and fall.

We perform annually for the Governors Very Special Arts Festival at the Iowa State Fair.

Iowa State Fair

Assistant Professor Janice Baker judges for the Riley Talent Competition each year. This is a televised event that carries a $5,000.00 cash prize. Dancers from Iowa State and the Dance Place also perform on the stages at the Iowa State Fair.

Iowa Council for International Understanding

We have provided dance for their yearly banquet as well as performed for the open-air event at the Blank Park Zoo.

Iowa Dance Theatre

Assistant Professor Janice Baker is the project director for the annual production of “Dracula, A Comedy Noir.” Performed in Des Moines, this two-act ballet tours to the Iowa State Campus. Assistant Professor Baker also teaches master classes, choreographs, and occasionally dances with this group.

Iowa State Dance Tour Company

This chamber-sized group provides lecture demonstrations on and off campus.

The Nutcracker at CY Stephens

Each year approximately 250 students audition for this classic ballet. Assistant Professor Baker is the ballet mistress for the Party and Fight Scene.

Des Moines Art Festival

We provide dance/movement activities for Iowa State Extension’s tent during this three day event. Creative activities with the crowd are highly celebrated at this historically hot event. We also have performed at the Art Festival at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

Iowa State’s Speakers Bureau

We volunteer to provide movement/dance classes to groups who are touring Iowa State. We average around three to five per semester. Usually we present “Images from Seven Continents, How dance is consumed of around the world.” Or “Pears, a nutritional look at how dance feeds cultures by being Physical, Entertaining, Artful, Reverent, and Social.”

Seven Generation Multi-Cultural Powwow

We are invited to perform for this event yearly at Jester Park, Iowa.

Summer Dance Workshop

Once a three- to four-day event, we now have Super Saturdays in Des Moines in cooperation with Iowa Dance Theatre.

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