CultureALL Event

Join the 50th anniversary committee on Thursday, June 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Terra Park, 6400 Pioneer Parkway to be immersed in a CultureALL event. Cultural educators immerse participants of all ages in authentic, hands-on programs and performances. The event will feature Traditional, Folk and Bollywood Dance from India from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and West African Drumming from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Traditional. Folk, and Bollywood Dance of India from 6:00 to 7 p.m.
Eshanjali Dance Academy led by CultureALL Ambassador Pragnya Yogesh will perform classical Indian dances like Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi, folk dances like Garba, Dhandiya Raas, and the Bollywood dances. Performers will be in traditional Indian dance attire of beautiful colors and styles appropriate for each form of dance.

Pragnya Yogesh was born and raised in India. She moved to Iowa in 2006 with her husband for his job. She has a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and her MBA. In addition to working as a Cultural Ambassador for CultureAll, she has an Indian dance academy. Ms. Yogesh, a rank holder in dance for the state of Karnataka, South India, has many passions and hobbies like painting and traveling to different countries. She lives in Johnston with her husband and two boys and loves dogs and elephants. She also travels to various places spreading the divine art of dance. Her workshops portray various forms of dances from across India, which gives an experience and knowledge about the cultural aspect of the traditional dances like Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi and Folk dances such as garba, Dhandiya Raas and the Bollywood dances.

West African Drumming from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. 
In this interactive performance, participants will learn the history of West African drumming and the celebration of a Senegalese village. The celebration includes song, drumming, and dance from Senegal and other West African nations. The connection to present day African American culture is also made.

Anthony Stevens is chair of the psychology department at DMACC Urban Campus. His work on “Culturally Relevant Algebra Teaching: The Case of African Drumming” has been published in the Journal of Mathematics and Culture. Anthony lectures and performs in Iowa schools and colleges frequently. His instruction spans the subjects of mathematics, social studies, African American history and music appreciation. He also is the percussionist with The Bone People and was just named an Art Educator of the Year by the Ames Community Arts Council.