UI Dance Virtual Concert Venue

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Darrius Gray and Kara Bouck in performance

Virtual Dance at the University of Iowa

As the University of Iowa Department of Dance continues a blended approach to its coursework, the decision has been made to hold all performances virtually. The Virtual Dance website serves as a virtual "concert venue" for our students, faculty, and the entire UI Dance community to come together and celebrate the innovative work being done while we practice social distancing.

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UI Dance Company

April 3, 2021

UI Dance Company, under the direction of George de la Peña and Alex Bush, presents a virtual concert of five faculty works featuring a company of thirteen graduate and undergraduate dance students.

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Images of three dancers over wooded area


April 10, 2021

MFA Candidates Julia Cooper, Mariko Ishikawa, and Kate Vincek present their thesis projects.

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Franklin + Madden Thesis

April 17, 2021

MFA candidates Laila J. Franklin and Jessica Madden present their thesis projects.

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How to be a Virtual Audience Member

Virtual Dance Concerts go live at 8 PM, Central Standard Time. Follow the link to the concert's home page for specific details about each concert. Prior to the event's start date and time, you can check out preview pages for the works to be presented.

Here are the home pages for our recent events:

MFA Event

BFA Concert

When events go live at 8 PM, Central Standard Time, audiences will be directed to a page with the first piece on the program. Once they've finished watching the first piece, a button below the video will direct them to the next piece on the program. Audiences will follow this process through to the end of the concert, when they will be invited to sign a "virtual guest book" on Facebook or Instagram.

Audience members are encouraged to watch videos in HD by clicking on the settings icon (⚙︎) in the video player and selecting 1080p under "Quality."

Video content will remain posted on this website after the virtual concert has "ended." You may also follow the Department of Dance on YouTube and watch the playlist for the Virtual Concert of your choice!

Department of Dance on YouTube


Juliet Remmers kneeling in front of an open door

Eyes Closed Eyes Open to bring International Writing Program and Department of Dance together

The International Writing Program and Department of Dance collaborated to present visual interpretations of written works and look into the future with their Eyes Closed Eyes Open multidisciplinary event, which premieres on Feb. 25 at 5:30 p.m.
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University of Iowa's Dance Gala 2020 challenges choreographers to go digital

The final solution for how best to hold Dance Gala ended up being the fifth contingency plan put in place to adapt to a post-COVID world.
Dance Gala rehearsal photo

Dance Gala stays in motion on virtual stage

The COVID-19 pandemic has halted many longtime traditions this year. But the University of Iowa Department of Dance was not going to let it stop the 39th edition of Dance Gala.