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See Dance Performances, Experience Live Music + Enjoy Yoga, Food + Art Vendors at the 2022 Iowa Choreography Festival

Iowa Choreography Festival

August 24, 2022

Beginning at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28 at Lauridsen Amphitheatre at Water Works Park in Downtown Des Moines (DSM) is the 2022 Iowa Choreography Festival, a free immersive experience that will showcase artist collaborations. The grounds will open at 5 p.m. for a donation-based yoga session, with dancers taking the stage at 6 p.m. to start the show.

Also on location during the event? Food vendors, Karam’s Mediterranean Grill and Over The Top Ice Cream, along with donation-based wine and beer options. Art vendors on site will highlight local artists, including Gabi Watkins, Molly Freese, Morgan Seemann, Sophie Savage, Ozge Ozdemir and Micah McCutchan. Iowa Choreography Festival

Yoga Class

Attend the yoga session prior to the start of the Iowa Choreography Festival with local yogi Cady Colosimo. You don’t have to be an expert to attend — beginners are welcome! The session will focus on deep stretching, relaxing and releasing.

Dance + Movement Workshop

From Aug. 24-27, a three-day workshop will take place, with a select number of workshop attendees performing at the festival.

2022 Iowa Choreography Festival

The Dance and Movement Workshop will take place from 5 – 9 p.m. Aug. 24-27 at Des Moines Danzarts Studio, 2150 Delavan Dr. #8, West Des Moines. The workshop will welcome NYC and LA dance professionals, including Dora Novak, Luke Dakota Zender and Cody Potter.

2022 Lineup


The talent at this year’s event is unmatched, and you won’t want to miss seeing the work of the following choreographers:

  • Cody Brunell Potter + Luke Dakota Zender
  • Curran Birdwell
  • Paula McArthur
  • Dora Novak
  • Madeline Krantz
  • Theresa Berger Moore + Natasha Gehrts
  • Tatum Vermeer
  • Emily Weber
  • Elizabeth Harano Adams
  • Emily Duggins
  • Kate Gordon + Amenda Tate
  • Gabriel Leonard + Movers

You can also plan to see the following local musicians, designers and dancers: 


  • Spencer Brown
  • Justin Norman
  • Geneviève Solamone
  • Amenda Tate
  • Curran Birdwell
  • Justin Comer
  • Tommy Boyton
  • Paxton Gillespie


  • Teddie Karnes
  • Brianne Fitzgerald
  • Dora Novak
  • Alina Bender
  • Cody Potter
  • Kate Gordon
  • Jacob Kuperman
  • Genevieve La valle


  • Kate Gordon
  • Alina Bender
  • Anna Gass
  • Ellen Bogue
  • Joleen Gomez
  • Annie Reser
  • Gabriel Leonard
  • Alexandra Macher
  • Mya Fisher
  • Curran Birdwell
  • Jennifer Lap
  • Kelly Bergquist
  • Tatum Vermeer
  • Madeline Krantz
  • Alexandre Shiffer
  • Karla Conrad
  • Jacob Kuperman
  • Scout Claussen
  • Mary Staplin
  • Esther Staplin

Follow along with the festival on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates. To learn more about the festival, visit iowachoreographyfestival.org.

The Greater Des Moines Partnership calendar of events is a one-stop resource for activities taking place throughout the region. Find networking information for Greater Des Moines (DSM) businesses or events specific to Downtown DSM.

Dora Novak

Dora Novak grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, and is based in New York City. She started her love for dance with Iowa Dance Theater and continues to serve on their board and work as an artistic director. Dora attended SUNY Purchase Dance Conservatory and created the Iowa Choreography Festival.