Instructors

Eastern Iowa Arts Academy provides students with excellent leadership and instruction in all areas of the arts. Currently, EIAA has over 45 staff members who specialize in art, dance, drama, creative writing, cultural arts and music instruction.

 

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Suzanne Palmer

BIO
Suzanne recently moved to Cedar Rapids from Wilmington, North Carolina where she enjoyed an active performing and teaching career. She was the founder of The Dance Cooperative where she taught and mentored children and adults in choreography and dance. Her favorite dance forms are Modern, Creative Movement and West African Dance. She was a dance instructor at DREAMS, an after school arts program, and a guest instructor at UNCW. She has been a member of Turning the Wheel, traveling the country for residency projects and trainings in building healthy, inclusive community. She has been a TTW City project manager for 14 years. She holds a BA in Dance from the University of Colorado. Her achievements include being a lead artist on a three year, multi-disciplinary residency with Chuck Davis and the African American Dance Ensemble; touring the state with the North Carolina Dance Festival as a performer; a nomination for the YWCA Women of Achievement Awards; and appearing in a film production of Women of Wilmington as an influential artist in Wilmington, NC. She excited to join the team at EIAA, bringing the joy of creative expression to Cedar Rapids youth.

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Available Classes

Class NameClass DescriptionClass CategoryFeeClass LocationSchedule
African DanceAfrican Dance is high energy and athletic, and the basis for many popular dance forms today. Develop your strength, flexibility and rhythm as you dance to the drums. We will explore the cultural traditions of West Africa as we learn two dances; Kuku and Mandiani. We will learn how to move various body parts in isolation, master hearing the break(musical cue from the drummers) and responding appropriately, and above all have fun as we express the joy and reverence inherit in African Dance. dance0.00HiawathaTuesday
3:45pm-4:45pm
African DanceAfrican dance is high energy and athletic, and the basis for many popular dance forms today. Develop your strength, flexibility and rhythm as you dance to the drums. We will explore the cultural traditions of West Africa as we learn two dances; Kuku and Mandiani. We will learn how to move various body parts in isolation, master hearing the break(musical cue from the drummers) and responding appropriately, and above all have fun as we express the joy and reverence inherit in African dance. dance0.00Grant WoodMonday
3:45pm-4:45pm
African DanceAfrican Dance is high energy and athletic, and the basis for many popular dance forms today. Develop your strength, flexibility and rhythm as you dance to the drums. We will explore the cultural traditions of West Africa as we learn two dances; Kuku and Mandiani. We will learn how to move various body parts in isolation, master hearing the break(musical cue from the drummers) and responding appropriately, and above all have fun as we express the joy and reverence inherit in African Dance. dance0.00TaylorThursday
3:45-4:45
Painting and DrawingWhether you’re a beginning or experienced artist, this class will provide the tools needed to strengthen your abilities in painting and drawing. Lead by a professional artist/instructor; don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity! Open Studio sessions are also available to provide extra time to work.art25The Studio in Arts ImaginariumTuesday
3:30-4:30
SoundwaysA perfect summer experience for children age 4 - 13! Learn music and expression through percussion and movement in group sessions. Culminating showcase concert with the Heartland Marimba Quartet at 6:00 pm on Friday 8/4!music250.00Music and Arts StudioMonday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:30am-2:00pm

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