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Using the arts to engage, communicate, educate, and collaborate with diverse communities to enrich lives




26: Sanaa ya Sanaa
Celebrating Black History

Sanaa ya Sanaa revels in the cultural arts from the African diaspora. Sanaa ya Sanaa (pronounced as Saa-nee-ah ya Saa-nee-ah) is Swahili for “Art in Art” or cultural arts. The event includes family activities and an afternoon showcase featuring music, dance, poetry, theatre, and visual arts complemented with fashion statements highlighting traditional, vintage, modern apparel, and accessories.

Workshop: 11:30am-1:30pm

Refreshments: 1:30pm-2pm

Showcase: 2pm-4pm

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, DuPont Room

Photo: Eric Salmon

Photo: Eric Salmon

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17: Spring Family Workshop

Learn about the Native American, African, Asian, and Celtic diaspora through stories, music and dance.
For people of all ages and backgrounds.

5:30pm-7:30pm  Swartz-Walsh Room
One day only | Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden


Photo: Eric Salmon


20, 21, 22: SPECTRUM
Showcase of the arts

A variety program of 10-minute plays, movement, and music/visuals. In partnership with Grandview University Theatre Department.


Grandview University, Viking Theater 

Photo: Eric Salmon


Gateway Dance Theatre will be hosting award-winning author and illustrator, Don Tate. Tate will be making presentations at libraries/schools, from an illustrator/author's perspective promoting inclusion. His presentations use the communication skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking that inform racial and cultural inclusiveness.

Free and open to the public

Time 5:30Pm Thursday September 14

Venue Civic Center Lobby-Family events series


20-24 : SASI (Summer Arts & Science Intensive) Camp

A one-week day camp, Monday through Friday, concluding with a performance piece that focuses WATER through dance, music, visual arts, and creative writing.

Our objective is to empower, educate, and encourage young minds to explore STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) especially as it relates to the environment.


Camp at Gateway Dance Theatre Studio

315 East 5th,Des Moines

Showcase June 24 5:30PM. Stoner Theatre, Des Moines Performing Arts

Photo: Eric Salmon


13-15:Don Tate, Author & Illustrator

Photo: Eric Salmon


7, 8, 9: Shakuntala

Gateway Dance Theatre's Shakuntala is an innovative adaptation of Kalidasa’s beloved classic love story from India of Shakuntala and King Dushyanta. GDT will bring this vibrant, unique dance theatre play back to the stage to captivate the audiences with dance, colorful costumes, and world music. 

Time 7:30PM

Jamie Hurd Amphitheater in West Des Moines

Photo: Sam Bond


15: Witness Matlou Jazz pianist Concert

For the Love of Peace!

A Concert inspired by Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and Nelson Mandela-

 Commissioned by Gateway Dance Theatre, Premiere at Temple Theatre, Des Moines Performing Arts

Gateway Dance Theatre will be hosting jazz pianist Witness Matlou. Matlou is a composer and performer whose work is influenced by African traditional music, folk music, jazz, classical, and more. He is a Harvard South Africa Fellowship Program Fellow and graduate of Berklee College of Music. In collaboration with Drake University.

Temple Theatre, Des Moines Performing Arts  7:30 PM



22: Gala 50th Anniversary International Dinner

GDT hosts its Gala and 50th Anniversary International Dinner with keynote speaker Rekha Basu. The evening includes a visual montage display, video, artifacts, and live entertainment. In collaboration with Des Moines Area Community College/ Iowa Culinary Institute. This event is a fundraiser. Check back in soon for tickets to go on sale. 

Time TBD

Des Moines Area Community College/Iowa Culinary Institute/Ankeny, Iowa.



Holiday Showcase with Friends
Date TBD

GDT and friends will present a variety program of dance, music, poetry, and visual arts.

Time TBD

Venue TBD

Photo: Eric Salmon

We're excited to share our celebration with all of you this year. If you wish to donate or volunteer, please click one of the buttons below.