Qoya LAST Saturday Series – Co-Hosted by Dance Arts Iowa


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Through movement, we remember. We remember our essence as Wise, Wild and Free.

Qoya invites women of all ages, backgrounds and experience levels to come and move. We focus on how it feels, not how it looks.  There is no expectation and no worry about not knowing how to do something.

Come take the opportunity to nurture and nourish yourself through movement, sharing, and laughter.   If you can breathe, you can dance Qoya. Dance with us!

This new Qoya series is happening in Mount Vernon on the last Saturday of the month, January-May. We’ll dance from 9 am – 10:30 am.

Come for one session, or all of them. Come whenever it fits your schedule.

Co-hosted by Dance Arts Iowa and Studio Sadie, and led by Mount Vernon native Sarah Sadie (formerly Martin).

Cost:  Only $20 per class, can be paid upon arrival.

Questions: Contact Dance Arts Iowa at (319) 558-9202 or Sarah at [email protected]

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Coming Home to Ourselves: A Morning Retreat for Women with Qoya and Community


Saturday, October 26 from 9-noon.

What is Qoya

Qoya is a movement practice that knows: through movement, we remember.

We remember our essence as women is Wise, Wild and Free.

We remember the body’s wisdom and we move in response, trusting that if it feels right, it is right.

We remember the body’s truth, that we contain our own answers and our own potential.

Through movement, we remember ourselves more fully.  Through Qoya, we come home to ourselves.


Qoya is coming to Mount Vernon on October 26, from 9-noon.

Hosted by Dance Arts Iowa and in collaboration with KAE Apothecary, this Qoya experience is for women age 18+.

Scheduled in alignment with Homecoming weekend and the darkening moon, this mini-retreat will include a full Qoya class (no prior knowledge or expertise necessary), meditation, reflection and time to share, and an optional “field trip” after class to the Apothecary, one block away, to participate in the Open House event.

Led by Mount Vernon native Sarah Sadie (formerly Martin), this Qoya “mini-retreat” will offer women of all backgrounds and abilities an opportunity to nurture and nourish themselves through movement, story, sharing and reflection. Sarah is bringing the offering of Qoya to Iowa with a sense of gratitude and yes, Homecoming.


Upstairs in the First Street Community Center



Registration is limited.  Cost is $15 and payable at the door.


Dance Arts Iowa Registration is Open


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Dance Arts Iowa Registration for 2019-20 is now open!

There is also a “Open House / Registration Day” where you can to meet the teaching staff and tour the studio on Sunday, August 25, 2019 1:00-3:00 pm, initially meeting in the library of the First Street Community Center.

Find more information about all of the classes offered in Ballet, Contemporary Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Irish Step, Musical Theater, Poms, Creative Movement and Tumbling in our website’s Calendar and more detailed descriptions of the dance disciplines offered in the drop-down menu entitled: “Class Info” on our website.

Registration Information:

Class Schedule 2019-2020

Dance Arts Iowa Registration Form 2019-20

Debit Form

Fee Schedule 2019-20


2 Ukulele Workshops and a Live Concert


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Leah Woosley Music has arranged for YouTube sensation and online instructor Tyler Austenfeld to stop in Mount Vernon, Iowa on August 4th, 2019 and teach 2 ukulele workshops.  You can learn more about Tyler at his website: TenThumbsPro.

  1. The first workshop, @ 2pm is Beginner- Past the Strum Pattern, is geared towards beginners, so if you have a uke and just started playing or have been wanting to learn, this will be great for you!
  2. The second workshop, @ 3pm is Intermediate Rhythm, this will be perfect for more advanced beginners/ intermediate players.
  3. The FREE concert will follow starting @ 5pm and is open to the public.

Cost:  Tickets are $20 when paid in advance or $25 at the door.  The ticket price includes both workshops.
*  For tickets before the event – email [email protected]

Showtime:  Be sure to come to the live performance at 5:00 pm – Leah will be the opening act, and then Tyler will take over. This performance event is open and free to the public (however a suggested $5 donation would be greatly appreciated).

More information can found about the workshops here.

This event will be held in the First Street Community Theater, Mount Vernon, Iowa

More info about each workshop session (written by Tyler)

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Tyler Austenfeld

Beginner Level Work Shop – Past the Strum Pattern

This beginner level lesson is designed to help beginners learn how to count music and how it relates to the strum pattern. It starts with half notes, than quarter notes, eight notes, and lastly 16th notes. Each is provided with strum patterns of the down up equivalency. This is dedicated to beginners looking to level up to the pre-intermediate and/or intermediate level.

Will improve your

  • Ability to count music
  • Ability to strum a ukulele
  • Ability to create your own strum pattern
  • Ability to analyze a songs strum pattern

​Intermediate Rhythm Past the Strum

In this lesson we attempt to explore some of the Ukulele’s more interesting rhythmic aspects. It explores different rhythmic concepts that I have gathered over the years.

Will improve your

  • Jimi Hendrix Style A Shape Fills
  • General Fingerpicking Ideas
  • The 6th interval as a rhythm tool
  • Double stop rhythm
  • Chord Fragment Rhythm – Riffs for rhythm

This event is brought you you by Leah Woosley Music and the Mount Vernon Area Arts Council

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Leah Woosley

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