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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

DES MOINES, IA ― Des Moines Performing Arts is pleased to announce two opportunities presented by the Education Department. The first opportunity, COMMUNITY SPOKEN WORD WORKSHOPS AND SLAM will kick off this month. The MUSICAL THEATER DANCE INTENSIVE featuring company members from HAMILTON, will be held in July. Details about both opportunities are provided below.

inspired by themes from HAMILTON

Community members ages 8 to 108 are invited to participate in spoken word workshops inspired by the themes of HAMILTON. Teaching artists from Movement 515 will lead interactive workshops around writing prompts such as leaving a legacy, fighting for what you believe in, and overcoming obstacles. Participants will draft spoken word poems drawing from their personal stories and experiences, experiment with basic poetic techniques, and share in-progress pieces in front of a supportive audience. No previous poetry or spoken word experience is required to participate.

To culminate, participants are invited to return in June for an open community slam, in which they may perform their completed poems. Community judges will award honors in both a youth and an adult category, with top poets winning tickets to HAMILTON during its Des Moines engagement.

WORKSHOP #1:                       

Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 10–11:30 a.m.

Des Moines Civic Center


WORKSHOP #2:                       

Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 10–11:30 a.m.

Des Moines Civic Center



Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Stoner Theater                

Additional information is available at Questions should be directed to 515-246-2356.



with Company Members from HAMILTON

July 10–13, 2018

Company members from HAMILTON will lead teens in a four-day musical theater dance intensive that will be held July 10–13, 2018. Through two daily master classes, participants will sharpen their dance technique within a range of musical theater styles, increase their characterization skills as movers, and gain knowledge of the industry from working professionals.

The intensive is open to advance-level dancers in grades 9 through first year of college, based on enrollment in fall of 2018. Students must apply and be accepted to participate, based on materials submitted.

Application materials are available at Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with early submissions encouraged. Questions should be directed to 515-246-2360.

About Des Moines Performing Arts
Des Moines Performing Arts is a private not-for-profit organization celebrating 39 years of presenting the performing arts to Iowa and the surrounding states on four stages in Des Moines – the Civic Center, the Stoner Theater, the Temple Theater and the newly renovated outdoor space, Cowles Commons. Des Moines Performing Arts is a presenter of major Broadway and educational touring companies, performers and groups, and is home to many local and regional groups, including the Des Moines Symphony. All performances of the Broadway Series are supported by Willis Auto Campus. All performances at the Temple Theater are supported by Prairie Meadows. All performances of the Family Series are supported by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield. For more information, visit




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