• News
  • MASTER CLASSES PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR LOCAL DANCERS

MASTER CLASSES PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR LOCAL DANCERS


DES MOINES, IA ― Des Moines Performing Arts announced today that Master Classes will be available to Central Iowa dancers from all productions in The Dance Series – DORRANCE DANCE, BALLET BIARRITZ, and RONALD K. BROWN/EVIDENCE. This unique artist-to-artist opportunity connects preeminent dancers in the field with those in the Des Moines community.

Designed to best serve the varying levels of dancers, there are two levels of master classes offered. Dance students at an intermediate/advanced level will learn basic technique and style of each company. Dancers at the professional and pre-professional level will take a more in-depth exploration of the company’s technique.

Please see below for the 2019-2020 Dance Series Master Class Schedule:

DORRANCE DANCE

DORRANCE DANCE is an award-winning tap dance company based out of New York City. The company’s work aims to honor tap dance’s uniquely beautiful history in a new, dynamic, and compelling context; not by stripping the form of its tradition, but by pushing it – rhythmically, technically, and conceptually. The company’s inaugural performance garnered a Bessie Award for “blasting open our notions of tap” and the company continues its passionate commitment to expanding the audience of tap dance, America’s original art form. 

Student-Level Master Classes
(for intermediate/advanced dancers ages 12 and up)

Sunday, October 20, 2019 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Professional/Pre-Professional Master Classes
(for professional/pre-professional dancers ages 16 and up)

Sunday, October 20, 2019 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Performance: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. Des Moines Civic Center

BALLET BIARRITZ

Based in the coastal resort town of Biarritz in Southern France, Artistic Director Thierry Malandain has developed a very personal approach to dance that is rooted in classical ballet with a contemporary, full-bodied style. With more than eighty works to his credit, Malandain is deeply linked to the concept of "Ballet" as an aesthetic movement and gives priority to the dancing body and the celebration of its sensuality and humanity.

Student-Level Master Classes
(for intermediate/advanced dancers ages 12 and up)

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 | 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Professional/Pre-Professional Master Classes
(for professional/pre-professional dancers ages 16 and up)

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 | 7:30 – 9 p.m.

Performance: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. Des Moines Civic Center

RONALD K. BROWN/EVIDENCE

Praised by The New York Times as “one of the most profound choreographers of his modern dance generation,” Ronald K. Brown blends African, modern, ballet and social dance styles to tell stories that illuminate fundamental aspects of the human experience. Founded and based in Brooklyn, New York, in 1985, EVIDENCE focuses on the seamless fusion of traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word. This work provides a unique view of human struggles, tragedies, and triumphs. Brown uses movement as a way to reinforce the importance of community in African American culture and to acquaint audiences with the beauty of traditional African forms and rhythms. He is an advocate for the growth of dance and is instrumental in encouraging young dancers to choreograph and to develop careers in dance.

Student-Level Master Classes
(for intermediate/advanced dancers ages 12 and up)

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 | 6 – 7:30 p.m. 

Professional/Pre-Professional Master Classes
(for professional/pre-professional dancers ages 16 and up)

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 | 7:30 – 9 p.m. 

Performance: Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. Des Moines Civic Center

Master class registration is now open. For complete information and to register, please visit www.DMPA.org.

About Des Moines Performing Arts

Des Moines Performing Arts is a private not-for-profit organization celebrating 40 seasons 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 DMPA.org.