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.
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 2017
November 10 & 11 at 8:00 p.m.
Dance Gala 2017 celebrates its return to Hancher with compelling new dances from the University of Iowa’s highly acclaimed Department of Dance. Experience the humor and delight of choreography by award-winning artist Monica Bill Barnes, whose time on campus as a teaching artist and performer is a collaboration with Hancher Auditorium, in the premiere of an original work created for Dance Gala, and witness the power and grace of dances created by internationally renowned UI Dance faculty.