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Volunteer with us and make new friends in the process.

Bonus: Silver cord hours are available for high schoolers!


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

Photo: Eric Salmon


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


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 

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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 | 4 PM at the East side Library, 2559 Hubbell Ave, Des Moines, IA 50317

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Photo: Eric Salmon

Photo: Eric Salmon


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 audience with dance, colorful costumes, and world music. 

When: July 9 | 7:30 PM

Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4114 Allison Ave, Des Moines.

Check out the play here: 


15:Don Tate, Children's author & illustrator

Gateway Dance Theatre will be hosting Don Tate, an author/illustrator of several award-winning children's picture books and more than 80 critically acclaimed youth-educational books. Being an activist, he runs the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign and promotes racial and cultural inclusivity in children's literature. Tate will be making presentations 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

When: September 15 | 5:30 PM 

Venue: Des Moines Civic Center Main Lobby-Family events series

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As Don Tate prepares for his visit to Des Moines, more than a hundred fourth & fifth graders of Cattell Elementary School also prepare to meet him as part of their unique curriculum "Future Authors".  Help us gift 1 inspirational book to each of these children. 

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15: Witness Matlou, Jazz pianist Concert

For the Love of Peace!

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

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.

When: October 15 | 7:30 PM

Venue: Temple Theatre, Des Moines Civic Centre


Holiday Show with Friends

GDT dancers and friends will present an online variety show of dance and music.

Keep watching this space to know more about the release date!


We're excited to share our celebration with all of you this year. Please donate or volunteer to help us stick to our mission. 

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