"When to the sessions of sweet silent thought I summon up remembrance of things past, I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought"  W. Shakespeare, Sonnet 30

 

 

PAST CAST/CREW BIOS

 

The Iowa Shakespeare Experience is fortunate to have worked with (and in some cases, virtually “discovered”) some of the finest Acting talent of our time in the central Iowa region.

 

The following bios describe some of the many wonderful Actors and other artistic talents who over the years, have graced our stage.  

 

The list is not quite complete, dates back only so far as we have electronic records, and in fact, many never be fully complete – as we plan to be frequently “discovering new talents” and thus frequently having a need to update.  

 

And, these Bios describe these fine folks at approximately the time in their lives when we worked most with them.  

 

We realize lives change, and will update bios as time permits.  Especially when all of these folks become rich and famous - -and even bigger stars! 

 

But we offer all of these people – and all those who have lent their talents to our productions- - ever our heartiest thanks.  

 

 ACTORS:

"I'll note you in my book of memory"
(Henry VI, Act ii, Sc.4)

 

JOHN BACH  as been in several  Heinemann-Sandoval productions.  A former medical school student who prefers acting, he also has played in the Heinemann-Sandoval founded series known as Victorian Voices, at Terrace Hill.  

MIKE BANY brings substantial work as a veteran of the Boards as well as his warm, helpful spirit - -and willingness to help with all sorts of necessary things behind the scenes, and for both of these types of contributions, the ISE is very grateful. 

KARINA BARONE, Ballerina and Choreographer,  received her BFA in Ballet and Contemporary Dance from The School of Arts of Mar del Plata, Argentina in 1989. She has extensive post graduate training in ballet, point, modern, jazz, and flamenco, among other disciplines. Her work has been seen on Venevision’s Ballet (TV Venezuela) and her awards include Miami’s Event Solutions Spotlight award (Best Entertainment Company 2003 and Special Events Magazine Esprit Award 2004 ISES)

Since she moved to Iowa in September 2006 Ms. Barone choreographed and danced for the Des Moines Metro Opera and many other cultural groups, including the Heinemann-Sandoval production “Much Ado About Nothing” 2007, and Day of the Dead Legacies (Heinemann-Sandoval Productions at the Art Center, 2007), among many other productions.  She currently teaches ballet, jazz and Flamenco at the Metro’s“School of Classical Ballet and Dance” as well as “Creative Movement Dance” in West Des Moines and  has taught in Argentina, Venezuela and Florida. As a dancer, Ms. Barone has performed on stage in multiple countries with international celebrities such as Boy George and Gloria Stefan and for Andrew Lloyd Weber in England.  

JAMI BASSMAN received her B.F.A. in Acting from California Institute of the Arts. After a number of years working in theatre in Los Angeles as a member of SAG, Ms. Bassman found her way home to Iowa in 2006. Since returning, Ms. Bassman has frequently been seen on area stages.  She is a devoted theatre professional whose favorite roles include an acclaimed Veronica in “Miss Witherspoon” at Stagewest, Sissy in “Claustrophillia”, Katherine in “Taming of the Shrew” and Therapist in “Metamorphoses.”

ERIC BENCH graduated in 1988 with a theatre degree from the University of Northern Iowa.  He has had several brushes with the Bard, and has appeared in The Amazing Adventures of Nigel and Bridgette (Change), Cinderella (Class Act) Lt. of Inishmore (StageWest) and Metamorphosis (Playhouse). Eric is a founding member of The Incoherent Theatre Co and is very proud of the many honors bestowed on this troupe at this year's 7/11 project.  Mr, Bench would like to thank his lovely fiance (and theatre widow) Courtney for her love, understanding and patience.  When not persuing his muse, Mr. Bench has worked at Wells Fargo.  CRY HAVOC and let slip the dogs of war!.

TREY K. BLACKBURN is from Knoxville, Iowa, and has been involved in pursuing a double major at Morningside College, in Theatre with an emphasis in performance as well as English with an emphasis in Literature.  Trey was part of the Morningside College Choir, with whom he traveled to China. .  

 

AMY BURGMAIER’s passion for musical theater began when she won the role of Cinderella her sophomore year at Orient Macksburg High School in Southwest Iowa. Since, she has dazzled audiences in numerous local productions including, Hair (Starshine), A New Brain (Nurse Nancy D.), Cats (Jellylorum), Chicago (Roxie Hart), and Reefer Madness (Mary Lane). To date, one of her most memorable theatrical experiences was landing the principal role of Becky Pitney for the 2007 Off-Broadway production of Farmer Song the Musical!  Although she dreams about sharing a stage “On-Broadway” with idol Kristin Chenoweth, Ms. Burgmaier had so far held other jobs, such Sales Manager at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines. She holds a Masters Degree in Journalism from ISU and enjoys singing, swing dancing, and hosting Zoo TV for Iowa’s Blank Park Zoo. Other on-camera experiences include roles in the feature films Peacock (starring Susan Sarrandon, Ellen Paige, and Cillian Murphy) and The Offering (starring Lonnie Schuyler).  Ms. Burgmaier appeared in one of New York City’s prominent fringe Festivals in 2009. 

 

ELIZABETH CAMERON  is a 2006 graduate of Urbandale High school where throughout her high school career she was active in music and drama.  Notable roles have been Marian Paroo in  The Music Man, and Cinderella in Into the Woods.  Elizabeth received both the senior vocal music award and the senior drama award for her class.  She attended the University of Northern Iowa as an honors Communication/Theatre  Arts Education major with teaching emphasis.  She also appeared in Heinemann-Sandoval productions at Terrace Hill.  

DAN CHASE has, over the last 40+ years, performed and directed on many stages including stops in Rock Island, IL, Davenport, Mt. Pleasant, Denison, Eldora, Winterset, Des Moines, Urbandale and Ames, IA, Manhattan, KS, and Lincoln, NE.  Although Dan always says his favorite show is the one  he’s doing right now, favorite roles include John Wilkes Booth in Sondheim’s “Assassins” and Roat in “Wait Until Dark”.  Dan got his start doing Shakespeare many years ago with the same company as Lorenzo Sandoval, working with Don Wooten in Genesius Guild.  He also worked with Robin during the days she founded her youth program for Des Moines schools. 

 

NICK CORNELISON comes from an illustrious theatre family and we appreciate his multi-faceted contributions to the show.  He has been involved in a variety of theatre productions, including productions with the Des Moines Social Club. 

RUTHELLEN CUNNALLY is a mother, wife and teacher as well as an actress.  She has served as an adjunct instructor of English at DMACC in Ankeny.  Ruthellen has been very active in community theater in Ames where she has performed, directed and worked backstage for more productions than she can name.   Ruthellen says that compared to directing, she loves the “peace and quiet” of acting!

A. FOGG  appears regularly in ISE and Heinemann-Sandoval productions. After studying theatre in London where he worked with theatrical special effects, Mr. Fogg moved to the San Francisco area and took that scene by storm.  He enjoys the type of cool, quiet stage role that his appearances often afford, and never fails to sends his thanks to the Cast for many fun evenings spent rolling in the aisles.  Mr. Fogg has appeared in a variety of walk-on roles for such shows as It was a Dark and Stormy Night, Beaches, Ghost Ship and Sleeping with the Enemy.  When not appearing on stage, Mr. Fogg is involved in a successful West Des Moines Halloween merchandising business.

JOSEPH GENTZLER graduated from Augustana College (THAT Augustana!) with a degree in Theatre.  He is now actively involved in the theatre in Des Moines with stage credits that include Gander in Charlotte’s Web, Harold Alan Lindstrom III in High School Reunion and Max in The Pajama Game. Mr. Gentzler is a founding member of The Incoherent Theatre Company, which competed (very well) at the 2009 7/11 Festival. Mr. Gentzler is a founding member of The Incoherent Theatre Company, which competed (very well) at the 2009 7/11 Festival.   Mr. Gentzler has worked for Wells Fargo Financial and in his spare time enjoys playing cribbage and spending time with family and friends.  Mr. Gentzler would like to offer up this thought from Cervantes: “Never meddle with play actors, for they’re a favored race.”  

KIM GRIMALDI has received numerous acting awards for her work on stage and film.  She has appeared in multiple Heinemann-Sandoval productions.  Notable roles include her tour de force as Maria Callas in "Master Class", and her award-winning portrayal of Dr. Vivian Bearing in "Wit".  Kim is also involved in films, such as "The Final Season", "Haunting Villisca", and "Boone Style".

JENN MILLER graduated from Drake University with a BFA in Musical Theatre Magna cum Laude.  As an actor, some of her favorite Des Moines credits include the role of Eileen in Hearts of Freedom;, Nancy in Gaslight; Little Red in Into the Woods; and Silly Girl/Ensemble in the Playhouse's production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast

JOSEPH LEONARDI returned to Des Moines from San Francisco in 2004 to found the Repertory Theater of Iowa (RTI) with the vision of contributing to the development of professional theater in Des Moines. Joe’s theatrical credits and achievements are as extensive as is his talent. While in SF he worked as an actor, director and writer with numerous theaters- most notably as a company member of Eastender’s Repertory Company (ERC) and Pink Pearl Productions.  His one-man show, Positively Twisted, was awarded Best of the San Francisco Fringe Festival, he was a recipient of Dramalogue Magazine’s Dean Goodman Award for Outstanding Actor for originating the role of Mel in New Conservatory Theatre’s (NCT) production of Key West by Jack Hiefner (Vanities).  Joe’s Feature Films include Boonestyle, Indelible and Haunting Villisca, and Joe has also appeared in many television commercials.  

GREY LOVELACE graduated from Hoover High and has enjoyed many callings involving music.  He was in Lorenzo Sandoval’s production of Age of Innocence at Terrace Hill as Dallas Archer, and has had many other high school roles such as Gaston in Beauty and the Beast.

 DAVID ODDY is a veteran of the Los Angeles theatre scene and also has appeared in many, many productions in the Des Moines area.  Additionally, David appears in commercials, info-mercials, and independent films. Having appeared in numerous Heinemann-Sandoval productions, other memorable local roles have included Mr. Webb in  Our Town and Max in Bent for the Drama Workshop. David and his wife Suzie have two boys, Nathan and Ian, ages 9 and 5. 

SUZIE ODDY has appeared in numerous Heinemann-Sandoval productions and is well known to central Iowa audiences, having been in productions for the Drama Workshop, Fringe Festival, The Des Moines Playhouse and Grand View College, where she graduated with a BA in Creative and Performing Arts. She commands comedy as well as intense drama with equal ease. 

CAROL PALMER is a very familiar face on the numerous stages in the Des Moines area, and just completed the role of Miss Flannery at the Playhouse in "Thoroughly Modern Millie".  Ms. Palmer has over 40 theatrical credits to her name since the early 80's.  She’s performed in many audience favorites: West Side Story, Cats, Three Penny Opera, Candide, Cabaret, 42nd St, Seussical the Musical, Damn Yankees, and Anything Goes- to name just a few. Ms, Palmer and her husband, Dan Chase, perform all around the Midwest for Jest Murder Mysteries.  They have a 14 year old daughter, Madeline (who is also a thespian). Ms. Palmer performs a one woman 90 minute cabaret act featuring numerous Broadway Musical numbers which is a definite crowd pleaser.  Principal Financial Group has employed her for 25 years and she is very grateful. 

JOLENE RICE has appeared onstage in productions with the Des Moines Playhouse, Tallgrass Theatre, Ankeny Community Theatre & Lucubrations.  She is also an excellent Stage Manager. She lives in West Des Moines and works as a Senior Prospect Manager for Integer.

RACHEL SALOWITZ graduated from Wesleyan University in Connecticut with a BA in Theatre and English. She was acting apprentice with the Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, where she worked in the Suzuki Method of Actor Training. Past credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Titania), No Sex Please, We’re British (Frances), The Importance of Being Earnest (Lady Bracknell), and The Mouse that Roared (Duchess Gloriana). She currently is on the West Coast. She notes: “Supposing you have tried and failed again and again. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call "failure" is not the falling down, but the staying down.”

Shoshana Salowitz (bio coming soon)

Neil Salowitz (bio coming soon)

LORENZO SANDOVAL is a multi-dimensional theare professional, teaching theatre artist, and performing artist, who has appeared, as an actor and singer, in over 80 industrial films and on a wide variety of television shows, including as the Host of Iowa Public Television’s (IPTV) weekly Insight Iowa program and as the host for IPTV’s World Food Prize Special for the past three years.   He has sung and danced on stages across the country, from the Iowa State Fair to the United Nations - -and has been involved with various Shakespearian theatre companies in Iowa and the Midwest since he was literally in grade school. Memorable roles include Mark Twain in Twain at Twilight at Terrace Hill, Sam in Play It Again Sam during residency for the University of Wisconsin, and as LittleBear in Caucus the Musical, where his work appeared on CBS National News Tonight. 

KT MARIE SCARCELLO is a South Des Moines native. She graduated from Lincoln High School in 2004 and then from the University of Northern Iowa with degrees in Spanish and Theatre; roles have included: Suzy in Twain at Twilight, and the Woman in Death of a Salesman

BENJAMIN SHERIDAN was a double emphasis Theatre Major at the Univesity of Northern Iowa. Mr. Sheridan has had experience both on and behind the stage in over twenty productions, and is always notable a joy to work with. 

 

KERRY SKRAM graduated from Iowa State University in 1995 with a B.A. in English.  While at ISU, Kerry performed in several productions, including one of her favorites: Laura in The Glass Menagerie.  She then studied theater at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, graduating in 2000.  After graduating, Kerry performed with many, many theaters in Boston and New York.  Since returning to Des Moines in 2004, Kerry has been in demand, and is often seen on central Iowa stages, and in multiple Heinemann-Sandoval productions. She sends much love and gratitude to Mic, Ben, and Sam.

AARON K. SMITH a veteran of  the local theater/ film and music scene, featured in numerous local stage productions at the Des Moines Playhouse.  Lead roles include Coalhouse Walker -'Ragtime";  Horse -"The Full Monty";  Ken -"Ain't Misbehavin'';  Aslan -"The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe";  Voice of the Plant - "Little Shop of Horrors"; Ken - "Smokey Joe's Café" ; At Stage west, he twice played the part of  Hud in "Hair", and many more.Mr. Smith's film experience includes Gringo- "Yoofo Club", JD - "Cutter", Security Guard  - "Haunting Villisca", and recently played the part of Coleman Payne an undercover cop in "Ash".Mr. Smith is also the lead singer for the popular, old school funk band of teachers, counselors, coaches and administrators known as "Faculty Lounge".  Aaron sang in the eight piece show band Skooter Krunch back in the day and has been in several accapella singing groups .Noting that he truly loves performing, Mr, Smith is thankful for the love and support of his family.  He is especially proud of his children Marques, Sasha, Jada, and Aja who are following in his multi talented footsteps.. He is especially thankful to his wonderful wife Jennifer for not only her support but her indulgence.

“T.T.”: Both on stage as well as behind the scenes, TT has contributed in incalculable (and often sweaty!) ways to multiple Heinemann-Sandoval productions.

MATT WIGGINS is, in addition to being an actor, an accomplished rock musician on the stage.  He is also a graduate of Drake, Drake law, and the New Mexico Military institute of law as well as the Naval Justice School. Mr. Wiggins has served his country with the Navy and is now a resident of Winterset.  

DEAN WILLIAMS has, in additon to acting, been a production assistant with Heinemann-Sandoval at Terrace Hill in Ebenezer, as well as a P.A. in a Hallmark Hall of Fame Masterpiece Theatre production Harvest of Fire when it filmed in Iowa.  Dean has also held film roles.  He played Perry in Guilt Complex, produced in Mason City, and Officer Jackson in Real Time, produced in Davenport. 

JENNIFER WOOD received her B.A. in Creative and Performing Arts from Grand View College.  There, she acted in numerous shows with Lorenzo Sandoval; she was directed by him in two of his original plays. In New York, she attended the prestigious prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse, and The School For Film and Television.  One of Ms. Wood’s most memorable roles was Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Film and Television.  

JOHN ZICKEFOOSE attended the University of Northern Iowa, where he appeared in many plays and musicals and earned a BA in Communications and English.  After graduating, he moved to New York City and worked for AT&T for 25 years.  During his time in New York, he frequently performed his one-man cabaret show TIN-PAN-THOLOGY, a collection of songs from the turn of the (last) century.  Since returning to West Des Moines in 2001, he has appeared in plays by Lorenzo Sandoval, William Shakespeare, and Oscar Wilde. He had graced almost more Heinemann-Sandoval productions than the producers can count!  Additionally, rumor hath it that someone who looked a bit like him was a tour de force in Age of Innocence at Terrace Hill, where a memorable “Mrs. Mingott”  performance will not soon be forgotten. 

 

  ARTISTIC LEADERSHIP AND SUPPORT 

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more…And …ne'er go by from this day until the ending of the world but we in it shall be remembered: 

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers, For he today who sheds his blood with me shall be my brother … and gentlemen …shall think themselves acursed they were not here…, that fought with us upon St. Crispin's day!” Henry V

 

CREW:

 

ROBIN HEINEMANN (Co-Producer, Technical Director, AND Set and Lighting Designer) has filled many roles in ISE productions as the Company's administrative project manager - -and also as a talented artistic designer in her own right. Robin is a former associate of a New York City based international Television production studio which garnered a record-breaking number of Emmy Awards.  That company’s credits included the Emmy-Award winning production Tut, the Boy King, filmed at the Met and narrated by Orson Welles, as well as work with Johnny Carson, Ted Kopel, Margo Thomas, Sigourney Weaver, and also involved productions in legendary musical venues such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Festival. She also worked various production and audience/ticket management roles for award-winning TV shows such as Saturday Night Live, work which led to her selection for a prestigious role in the Executive Office of NBC's President and CEO. After her years in New York City, Robin then spent many years in Austin, Texas, where she was involved with that region’s internationally recognized musical scene, especially the legendary Kerrville Folk Festival, and where she personally appeared in MTV videos and in Austin’s burgeoning small film scene.   (Austin artistic work included work on MTV with Bob Wills and with the Fabulous Thunderbirds).  Robin has now returned to her family's home in Des Moines.  Here, she has turned her production talents to community special events as well as to the development of national prototype programs that she designed for multiple federal agencies in association with key positions she held for 10 years at Iowa State University.  Prior to her work with the ISE, Robin’s work with these programs led to one of America's 20 "Exemplary in the Nation" awards. Robin is a member of both the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute and Leadership Iowa and has served on 32 different national, regional, state and metro Boards, such as two terms on the Board of Directors for the Des Moines Community Playhouse.

 

LARRY RIFE has been a stage manager with numerous Heinemann Sandoval productions- and also took the Boards with his hit role as “Larry” in Shakesperience Festival’s first season.  He is a veteran professional stage manager for such companies as Ballet Iowa and came to the Des Moines area after lengthy experience with theatre in the regional Texas and regional southwestern theatre scenes.  Mr. Rife has worked with special events such as the Fringe Festival, and sends out the words “Eleven Five” to Robin Heinemann.  

ABIGAIL LIVINGOOD, COSTUME DESIGNER, designs and sews costumes for circus performers such as the Smirnov’s and Benito Aguilar as well as for local magician Keith West.  Her previous theatrical production work includes design and sewing for “A Chorus Line”, “The Secret Garden” and the Heinemann-Sandoval production of “Taming of the Shrew”.  Her amazing repertoire can be seen in the incredible Falstaff “Fat Suit” as well as in delicate touches for the dancers.  

JENN MILLER, CHOREOGRAPHER, graduated from Drake University with a BFA in Musical Theatre Magna cum Laude where she Co-Choreographed The Boyfriend.  While at Drake, Ms. Miller had the chance to direct and choreograph her own Student Theatre Production, Dancin' Through Life.  Recently, she choreographed the premiere performance of Caucus! The Musical, in which her work was featured in Time Magazine and on television coverage across the nation.

 

HELEN “MY HELEN” VAN DAM is quite frankly,  one person without whom early versions of Shakesperience Festival simply could NOT have happened. Backstage Manager and Festival Manager extraordinaire, the Festival producers have no doubt that Helen will be running the world someday- but the world will just have to fight us for her, to get her!  Ms. Van Dam got her start on the boards in Valley High school's production of "Frankenstein" and "The Laramie Project". Her backstage debut was in the Heinemann-Sandoval production of "The Taming of the Shrew". She then went on to work backstage for Stage West's production of "Reefer Madness the musical" and continues to be in demand. Helen, inexpressible gratitude! 

 

MELL ZIEGENFUSS, COSTUME DESIGNER,  received her BFA in Visual Arts and Theatre. She has not only costumed shows across Iowa, but she also has dressed men professionally in her local work for an exclusive men's clothier. She has traveled around the world as a self-described "Air Force Brat.” Ms. Ziegenfuss not only dresses people, she also dresses events - -as the proprietress of Trimmings by Mel, a special-event production company. Ms. Ziegenfuss credits her earliest college costume efforts in Peter Pan as the foundation of her love for creating theatrical fantasy

 

 

MUSIC:

 

 

JOHN BENOIT is a Professor of music at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, where he teaches music theory and trombone and also directs the Early Music Ensemble.  Originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana, John holds a B.M. in trombone performance from Louisiana State University and an M.M. and Ph.D. in music theory from the University of Texas at Austin.  Prior to moving to Iowa, John served for two years on the music faculty of Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York.  John founded the Ballyhoo Foxtrot Orchestra in 2005 as an expression of his interest in the music of the 1910s and 1920s.  The seeds of this interest were planted in his childhood as he listened to original recordings played on his father's collection wind-up phonographs.  (He didn't think much of this music at the time!)  John has provided virtually all of the musical arrangements for the Ballyhoo Foxtrot Orchestra, in addition to playing trombone, cornet, and occasionally piano with the group.  John can also be heard performing with the Party Gras Classic Jazz Band and the Festival Brass Quintet.  He lives in Indianola with his wife, Linda, who maintains a large violin/viola studio and who plays viola in the Des Moines Symphony and Des Moines Metro Opera orchestras.

 

DWIGHT DEASON is the founder and guitarist of Hot Club of Des Moines, the first Iowa band to perform the music of Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt in that blazing hot genre known as Gypsy Jazz. The band performs the music of these two giants who originated this distinctive genre which is taking the nation by storm, but the band also incorporates other styles including samba, classic swing, bolero, be-bop, French musette.  

 

TINA HAASE FINDLAY is an icon in a city that has spawned talent as diverse as the Everly Brothers, Glenn Miller and Slipknot. In her 25 year career Ms. Findlay has made her mark in the fields of jazz, blues, rock, soul, gospel, musical theatre, commercial jingles, composing, producing, and directing. Des Moines' popular Juice magazine recognizes this lady as a "legend"- you only need to experience “Tina” once to understand why. Most recently, Ms. Findlay fronted the revered blues-rock band Lady Blue. This wildly successful three-year ride saw the band headline major music festivals, tour the region, and release the acclaimed CD, "The Meaning of Grace", (www.myspace.com/ladyblueband) which received international airplay and sterling reviews from several national sources.   Ms. Findlay’s latest venture is the exciting band bella soul. 

 

BANDS:

 

BALLYHOO FOXTROT ORCHESTRA

 

Founded in 2005 by trombonist John Benoit, the BALLYHOO FOXTROT ORCHESTRA is a vintage ensemble dedicated to recreating the authentic jazz and popular music of the 1910s and 1920s.  The ensemble comprises nine performers – vocalist, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, banjo, tuba, and drums.  This instrumentation enables the group to perform a wide variety of musical genres from the period, including foxtrots, Dixieland jazz, blues, novelty songs, waltzes, tangos, cabaret, and light classical music.  The BFO was recently added to the Iowa Arts Council's Performing Artists Roster.  More information about the band, including a schedule of upcoming performances, can be found at the band's web site:  www.ballyhoofoxtrot.com.

 

BELLA SOUL 

 

In 2009, Musical legend Tina Haase Findlay joined forces with some of the area's most accomplished musicians to form the band, bella soul – a band poised to claim their reputation as a tour de force.  With her husband, accomplished guitarist and cultural leader Brandon Findlay, and the amazing David on keyboards, as well as many other musicians, bella soul is truly comprised of musicians extraordinaire. 

 

 

HOT CLUB OF DES  MOINES

 

Hot Club of Des Moines specializes in Gypsy Jazz and has included some of the area’s best musicians –such as Frank Cebuhar on accordian, and Chuck Kuba on acoustic bass.  Depending upon the occasion, the band sometimes becomes a trio, or will add an additional guitar, drums and vocals. Since it's formation in 2004, the band has performed in a wide variety of settings including: clubs and restaurants, Jazz in July, The Des Moines Art Festival, Winefest, and many private functions. 

 

 

MANY THANKS TO OUR 

ACCOMPLISHED DANCERS!

 

Our dancers are a wonderful group of accomplished artists.  Students of classical as well as other forms of dance, one often sees our dancers on major stages as disparate as the Des Moines Playhouse and the Iowa Barnstormers!  We are deeply grateful to them for the countless hours of practice required to dance the many original dance compositions that appear in our Festival!

 

Lindsay Hannam

Brianne Magel

Sami Price

Heather Wright

Past Dance Captains:  Amber Zaruda, Elizabeth Cameron, and Jenn Miller.