With nearly 20 years experience behind him DJ RAJ aka Raj Devan has hundreds of performances under his belt along with throwing countless parties. Raj is known to do anything from underground to top 40 & everything in between. Owner of various nightlife establishments in Des Moines & Ames such as Lot 33, Cave , Cafe Mood , & more . Raj is the man behind the l event promotion company Eclipse Productions . In years past Raj has performed with a wide variety of headline performers and more recently has became the owner of Iowa’s longest running music festival 515 ALIVE. Raj’s goal is to elevate the hype in local nightlife and entertainment which is exactly what he does on a regular basis taking part in multiple shows every month. So get out on the dance floor & see how a man so short in height can move so many feet !
Delta Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. advocates Asian awareness and empowers women to lead through values-based programs and everlasting sisterhood. Delta Phi Lambda’s national philanthropy is osteoporosis education and prevention, emphasizing the importance of promoting healthy lifestyles and behavior in young women. Founded in 1998, Delta Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. has grown to 19 undergraduate chapters in 11 states spanning the Southeast, Midwest, and the Northeast.
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Bharatanatyam is one of India's oldest and traditional classical dance styles. It has its origins in the southern temples of India. The dance is performed with the knees of the artist bent. The dance comprises of complex footwork, hand gestures, head, neck and eye movements.
Arundhati Soni is a certified Bharathanatyam dancer with 9 years of training. She will be performing to the music band, Indian Raga's adaptation of Jason Derulo's Swalla.
The choreography is by her guru/teacher Ms. Bhakti Naik.
Haru was born in Okinawa Japan as a shaman. Haru is a multi-talented artist that sings, plays instruments, draws and is also a writer. He signed a contract with Sony music record in Japan and released albums. He started Japan tour since 2011 His music heal people’s mind and body.
His music is traditional and modern Okinawa music.
A group of Filipinos will be dancing a Filipino cultural dance entitled, "KASAGANAAN". "Kasaganaan" is a Filipino term that means "ABUNDANCE", This is being performed during the harvest festival as a means of expressing gratitude for a bountiful or abundant harvest. Generous gesture is featured here as the landowners throw coins to their farmland and the dancing workers.
Chinese Folk Fan Dance: Moon over the lotus river （Performed by Central Academy Chinese Students)
The art and tradition of the Chinese fan dance have captivated audiences for two thousand years. Just one of many forms of traditional folk dances, fan dances has been preserved to share the stories and beauty of Chinese culture.
It represents beauty, grace and It also expresses feelings of joy. The dance is composed of constantly changing rhythms paired with consistency changing body positions. The fans are used to highlight the graceful movements of the dancers and as extensions of very delicate poses. They can be used as a sort of prop, representing a basket of food, a gift or a found treasure. The fans are made of a variety of materials including feathers, paper or bamboo and they reflect the highest level of craftsmanship and artistry. Colorful costumes are typically used to enhance the beauty of the fan dance performance. Today, dancers may be dressed in traditional Chinese garments or in modern lyrical dresses or dance wear. If the dance is intended to tell a specific story, some dancers may be dressed differently from one another but all dancers in a group typically are costumed in the same garments.
Dance by Manabiya Iowa Children Dance by Victoria Alfano Performance by Soten Taiko
Soten Taiko is the Japan America Society of Iowa's (JASI’s) community taiko drumming group. Ensemble taiko drumming, or kumi-daiko, originated in 1951 with Daihachi Oguchi, a Jazz musician. He wondered why the ancient taiko drums found in temples and at festivals throughout Japan were never played together like a western drum set. He started arranging the different traditional drums and music and kumi-daiko was born.
Kumi-Daiko is now an art form that is played around the world, even throughout the Midwest. Soten Taiko is Iowa’s only taiko performance group, founded in 2011 by two JASI members. They provide music and education about taiko at schools, private functions, and festivals throughout central Iowa. Soten Taiko currently has six active members, and is open to anyone who would like to learn, regardless of prior musical or percussion experience.
Aloha Wind is a Polynesian dance troupe based in the greater Des Moines area. They will be performing hula dances from the island of Hawaii. They will utilize a variety of implements from puili sticks and ili ili stones to uli uli gourds. Stick around for the entire show and you will have the opportunity to learn a hula dance at the end.
First performance is a Traditional Laotian Dance by our Natasinh Dancers, they will perform “Ouy Pon Ton Hub” it is a blessing dance to wish everyone good health and happiness. Sow Lao dancers will perform a Modern Lao Pop music with a mix of K-Pop dance.
For the past decade, Gimikk has been rockin' venues in Des Moines and the surrounding area, earning their reputation as "The Best Party Band in Des Moines". Gimikk's high energy performance and amazing musical skills are topped off by the entertaining and charismatic persona of lead singer, James Brinker.
A Breakdancing performance by Anthony San's students from Harding Middle School the Harding Breakerz, whom performed at The White House May 2016 and Kennedy Center March 2018. We also students from BU Dance Company in Urbandale, Iowa, and of course students from Des Moines Social Club downtown. We also will have students from Oak Park Elementary, East High School and Ice Breakers from North High School. These kids ages 4-18 will be showing off their athletic and energetic moves that will shock the crowd.