Ballet Des Moines + CultureALL present

November 18, 2021

Register for the school show here

Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.
Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Avenue, Des Moines, IA

What you'll see and experience

Honoring the King that saved Hula

Hawaii/Polynesian Islands

Hula was used as a form of communication prior to written language. Hula is danced by boys, girls, men, women, grandmas, and grandpas. The hands tell the story of the mele or song. Hula is used to communicate with ancestors, tell stories about history, and honor Gods and Goddesses.

Japanese Lion Dance, Shishimai


Shishi is a Japanese mythical lion that has the power to eat evil spirits and bring good luck to people by biting them on the head during New Year's Day celebrations. Shishimai translates to Japanese Lion Dance.

An excerpt from The Nutcracker ballet


A dance performance dating back to the 1800s set to Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, this classical ballet celebrates the traditions and imagination associated with the holiday season.

All students are welcome for a cost of just $4 per student. Chaperones for the students can attend for free. All reservations must be received via this form by December 1, 2021.

Please contact Ballet Des Moines about school scholarship opportunities to attend the in-person performance at Hoyt Sherman Place on December 9.

Download the School Show PDF

An additional classroom discussion guide will be provided to every attending school to encourage meaningful dialogue with your students before and after the performance.

Virtual Option Available!

Sign up to receive access to the digital library and downloadable discussion guide, available December 14th.

CultureALL believes that sharing the cultural richness of our community with others will elevate our society and the quality of life for all.