The University of Iowa

Thanks to the generous support of our Hancher partners, we are pleased to offer a few virtual programs to local home learners and students from area schools this season. We hope you’ll make plans to join us!

David Gonzales
Cuentos: Tales from the Latinx World

Availability: Monday, October 11 – Friday, October 22
Runtime: One 52-minute video, divided into three “chapters”
Additional Materials: Chapter Guide with Discussion Questions

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(Note: This trailer features selections from a performance with a live audience. The video you will receive is brand new recording created especially for virtual presentation.)


Master storyteller David Gonzalez’s Cuentos paints a vivid picture of the people and rich cultures of the Spanish-speaking world with colorful tales from the Caribbean, South America, and the Bronx! From the silly antics of the Puerto Rican anti-hero "Juan Bobo" to the mysterious dealings and powers of the Orishas in a suite of Afro-Cuban stories, these tales are filled with memorable characters and positive messages for children. Spanish language words are sprinkled throughout the stories and songs in such a way that young audiences can repeat and retain their sound and meaning. This performance is great introduction to the marvelous world of Latino literature and culture!

Step Afrika!
Five Days with Step Afrika!

Availability: Monday, March 28 – Friday, April 15
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.


Reservations can be made by following the links above. Unless otherwise specified, all videos are pre-recorded and will be accessible anytime on the dates of availability.

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 Executive Director at

For More Information: 

Chuck Swanson
Building A Legacy Executive Director
(319) 335-1133