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.

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 at the Iowa State Fair in Fun Forest under ArtAbility sponsored by 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 New Visions Dance Project with Dance Place dancers perform on the Fun Forest Stage.  Janice hosts a daily 4:30 p.m. dance party on the Fun Forest Stage.


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.  ISU students are able to audition for this 2 act classical ballet.

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 White Eagle Pow Wow

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.

Dance at Heartland Senior Center

Weekly dancing session of "in our chairs " for social interaction and range of motion set to music by dance faculty Janice Baker. Come join in intergenerational dance good for the mind and the body.

Mainstream Living comes to dance at ISU

Monthly dance sessions are hosted by ISU Dance and students. Friendships are fostered and dance moves celebrated during our program "Dancing Friends".