Dance Gala

The Gala tradition began in 1981. Hosted by UI's own major Midwest theater, Hancher Auditorium, the annual Dance Gala showcases the best talent of 40-60 UI faculty and students. Majors and non-majors perform, and with full technical and artistic support of costume, scenic, and lighting design, choreographers and dancers experience their work produced on a professional level. Capitalizing on the talent of UI dancers and choreographers, the Gala introduces audiences to new artists not seen through other Hancher dance events, as well as to guest artists whom frequently share the stage with UI talent — just one more way students learn and grow in their chosen field of dance. We look forward to returning to the Hancher stage in Fall 2017!

Mixing tradition with imagination and beauty with athleticism, Dance Gala is Iowa’s premiere dance event. Bring your family and friends and join in the celebration.

Dance Gala 2016

November 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12 at 8:00 p.m.
November 6 at 2:00 p.m.

The University of Iowa's Dance Gala showcases dynamic choreography and dancing from one of the most highly acclaimed dance programs in the country. Come experience the powerful energy and graceful flight in these electrifying performances. Witness Martha Graham's Ritual of the Sun, part three of her celebrated Acts of Light, in addition to dances by our internationally-renowned faculty.

Last year’s Dance Gala quickly sold out its performances in the intimate Space Place Theater (101 North Hall). We hate to turn people away, so be sure to purchase your tickets early!

$20 Non-Students
$15 Seniors (65+)
$10 College Students/Youth
$5 UI Students (with valid ID)

A $100 patron ticket includes a contribution of $80 to the Department of Dance through the UI Foundation.

Tickets are available through the Hancher Box Office.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen is the proud media sponsor of Dance Gala 2016.

Read more about Dance Gala 2016 in this article from The Daily Iowan.