I’m so excited about Iowa Dance 2017! In fact, I am so excited that this is my 2nd attempt at writing this blog! The first time around I got so involved and into each of the events that I got more than a little wordy! So here we go again!
April 28th – 30th is going to be a weekend full of dance, classes, performances, fun, connecting with old friends, making new friends and celebrating dance and movement!
To kick off this amazing weekend is an incredible CaribeFunk™ Workshop! Akeitha Carey brings her own dance form – CaribeFunk™ – to Iowa Dance 2017! This new and exciting dance form infuses Afro-Caribbean, ballet, modern and fitness principles! The workshop will run from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Schaeffer Hall Room #30. Following the workshop she will lead a pop-up Carnival Parade celebration on the Old Capitol Green! To sign up for this exciting workshop contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Opening Reception – the Party at the Penthouse – is an event you won’t want to miss! It will be held in the luxurious Penthouse Suites at Park @ 201 East Washington Street. Enjoy the panoramic view and meet the artists during this fundraiser and opening reception! There will be pop-up performances, hor d’oeurves, drinks, open bar and time to meet and connect with other performers and supporters from the community! Your $30 ticket helps support Iowa Dance – an Iowa City festival which has been recognized by UNESCO for the 4th consecutive year! Reserve your ticket here!
Saturday, the 29th, begins with a Modern Dance Master Class with Autumn Eckman! This class will focus on rhythmic complexity and musicality, articulation of the spine and other joints and quick changes of weight. Eckman’s movement pulls from her diverse experiences; culminating in an integrated approach of a large spectrum of movement stylings and languages. It will be held at the Hotel Vetro from 10 to 11:30 a.m. This is an amazing opportunity to learn from an amazing dancer and teacher! For more information about Autumn and to register for the Master Class here!
The Iowa International ScreenDance Festival 2017 will have two screenings during the weekend. It will also be shown in Mexico City on August 9th. The screening on the 29th is at noon and features Keynote Speaker Ellen Bromberg. ScreenDance is a genre of dance made exclusively for the camera, in which dance/movement is the central theme of the story, becoming the primary expressive element in the work. This screening is a platform for dance films of many styles, genres or techniques that highlight and encourage the dialogue and blending of dance and film. The Iowa International ScreenDance Festival provides a platform for ScreenDance creators to explore the dynamic possibilities of movement created specifically for camera/screen. The audience will have the opportunity to view 12 short films and engage with several of the ScreenDance creators via SKYPE. In addition, at the April 29th screening, Ellen Bromberg, ScreenDance pioneer, will discuss ScreenDance and its impact on the field of dance. The second showing will be Sunday, the 30th, and will again be shown at FilmScene. For more information about ScreenDance check out the information here! Tickets are $10 at the door
ScreenDance, presented at FilmScene, is founded and directed by Associate Professor Eloy Barragán of the University of Iowa Department of Dance, with co-director Nora Garda. It is part of the 11th annual Iowa Dance Festival, celebrating National Dance Week.
We are also so fortunate to have Ramon Flowers presenting a Master Class in musical theater! Structured just like musical theatre dance classes at NYC studios, students will learn original Broadway choreography! When else do you have the chance to learn from someone who was featured in several Broadway shows, including Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, Cats, The Lion King, The Green Bird, The Boy From Oz, and Hot Feet!!
This is a weekend full of amazing talent and artistry and you aren’t going to want to miss any of it!!