The University of Iowa

Thanks to the generous support of our Hancher partners, we are pleased to offer three free virtual programs to local home learners and students from area schools this spring. To help educators connect our programs to their curriculum, we have listed a few standards and benchmarks addressed by each program in the descriptions below. We hope you’ll make plans to join us!

Childsplay Theatre, "Dreamers"
Childsplay Theatre (Tempe, AZ)

Availability: Monday, March 22 – Friday, April 2
Run time: One 27-minute performance, one 20-minute theatre workshop, and one 4-minute Q&A session featuring questions from students who have seen the show

Additional Materials: Resource Guide, Book List

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Childsplay is a nationally and internationally respected professional theatre company that creates thought-provoking theatre for young audiences. Their production of Dreamers is a physically poetic adaptation of Yuyi Morales’ book (Dreamers) that honors the resilience and and the courage it takes to find one’s voice when navigating a new place. Told through a blend of storytelling, toy theatre, collage, and video projections, the bilingual story moves back and forth between the world of the artist and the world of her story as she reveals and recalls how she and her young child gained a foothold in a new country through a love of reading.

  • Explore how stories are adapted from literature to drama/theatre work
  • Use personal experiences and knowledge to make connections to community and culture in a drama/theatre work
  • Identify and understand imagery and literary elements

Step Afrika!
Step Afrika! (Washington, DC)
Five Days with Step Afrika!

Availability: Monday, April 26 – Friday, May 14
Run time: Five videos, 10-20 minutes each
Additional Materials: Resource Guide

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Step Afrika! is the world’s first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping—a polyrhythmic, percussive dance form that uses the body as an instrument. The company is featured prominently at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History & Culture with the world’s first stepping interactive exhibit. Based on their award-winning arts education programs and more than 25 years of performing and teaching students, Step Afrika! has created this 5-part experience to introduce students to the history and tradition of stepping.

  • Relate connections found between different dances and discuss the relevance of the connections to the development of one’s personal perspectives
  • Recognize the influence of participation in physical activity on fostering appreciation of cultural, ethnic, gender, and physical diversity
  • Experience differences and similarities among people of different backgrounds by participating in activities of national, cultural, and ethnic origins

Third Coast Percussion, "Think Outside the Drum"
Third Coast Percussion (Chicago, IL)
Think Outside the Drum

Availability: Monday, May 24 – Friday, May 28
Runtime: One 40-minute video

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Third Coast Percussion is a Grammy-winning ensemble dedicated to inspiring and educating through the creation of exciting and unexpected musical experiences. Their acclaimed concert-workshop, Think Outside the Drum, includes performances by Third Coast Percussion, interspersed with teaching moments that introduce the building blocks of music (rhythm, melody, and timbre) through active participation in a series of interactive activities, including clapping, singing, and a listening game. In this virtual adaptation of the workshop, students will learn about the extraordinary range of percussion instruments that can be found in cultures around the world, as well as in their own kitchen cabinets.

  • Engage collaboratively in exploration and imaginative play
  • Demonstrate knowledge of music concepts and how they support creators’/performers’ expressive intent
  • Recognize physical activity as a vehicle for self-expression


Reservations can be made by following the links above. All videos are pre-recorded and will be accessible anytime on the dates of availability.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. 

Please note, these programs are authorized only for educational use, and available exclusively to schools and home learners. To learn about Hancher’s spring offerings for general audiences, please visit here.



Contact Hancher’s Associate Director of Education and Community Engagement at

For More Information: 

Micah Ariel James
Associate Director of Education and Community Engagement
(319) 335-0009