The University of Iowa

Dance Gala

Dance Gala 2019 celebrates its 38th anniversary with In Motion, featuring new work created by distinguished Department of Dance faculty and guest artists of Urban Bush Women. The program will also include an appearance by the University of Iowa’s enigmatic Laptop Orchestra.

Family Fun Night

Chuy Renteria, Breaking/House Dance Instructor at All The Way Up Studio, will be leading two Hip-Hop dance workshops. The workshops will be a beginner’s guide to Hip-Hop grooves, moves, and musicality. Participants can expect some choreography and exploration of freestyle fundamentals, but above all, expect some fun!

HIP-HOP WORKSHOP 1: 5:30–6:15 pm
♦  For students entering second and third grades.
♦  Registration was closed at 3:49 pm on June 27.


RUBBERBAND returns with Vic’s Mix, a celebration of Victor Quijada’s 15 years of making dance—not only for his own company but for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Scottish Dance Theatre as well.

Sankai Juku

For the first time in 20 years, Sankai Juku, Japan’s internationally renowned butoh dance troupe, returns to Hancher. Butoh, which has been called Japan’s most startling cultural export, is enthralling, surprising, and often deeply moving. Utsushi is the perfect introduction to the work of Sankai Juku.

Urban Bush Women

Hair & Other Stories investigates issues of body image, race, gender identity, economic inequity, and more. Urban Bush Women—a contemporary dance company committed to pushing the boundaries of storytelling through spoken word, movement, and singing—enacts the everyday pursuit of the extraordinary.

Audition / Casting for American Ballet Theatre’s "Whipped Cream"

American Ballet Theatre is casting Supers (extras) for Alexei Ratmansky’s Whipped Cream at Hancher Auditorium.


Dance experience not required, but movement / acting is helpful

  • Males and Females, age 8 – 12; Height: 4’3” to 4’6”
  • Males and Females, age 13 - 50; Height: 5’3” to 6’2”

Supers must be available for ALL rehearsals and performances.

Family Fun Night

In June, Thursday Nights at Hancher become Family Fun Nights at Hancher!

Join us each Thursday night in June for free events celebrating the arts! Family Fun Nights coincide with Thursday Nights at Hancher from 5:30 to 7 pm.

June 14: Celebrating Dance

Nolte Academy of Dance will present a Q&A with Wendy Whelan, a former principal dancer with New York City Ballet and subject of the documentary Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan. Open to students of all ages.

Registration is now closed for the Q&A with Wendy Whelan.

Batsheva Dance Company

Under the artistic direction of choreographer Ohad Naharin, Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company has built a global reputation for excellence. The company stands apart from other modern dance companies, offering a singular and arresting approach to choreography and individual movement.