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 sarahsadie@atodonata.com

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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


Concert and Dance – The Stompers Play After Homecoming


Friday evening, September 30 beginning at 9 pm, come listen and dance to ‘The Stompers’ performing in the Gym of the First Street Community Center.

The Stompers band are Iowa’s Rock and Roll Music Hall of Fame recipients and the 2016 Alumni Association’s Community Impact Hall of Fame winners. Playing 60s music that all ages will enjoy!  After the Homecoming Game, come have some fun and listen or dance to some of The Stompers members playing right here in First Street Community Center’s gym where they will be playing.

Open to all, no charge.

picture of The Stompers from the 1960's


The Stompers band, with members Bill Bauman’66, Steve Edwards’65, Brian Harman’69, Greg Harman’65, and Randy Harman’68, are this year’s Community Impact recipients.

Jo Clark’64 says in her nomination “Before there was a Mount Vernon High School Alumni Association, there were the Stompers. This group of MVHS graduates is more than a senior citizen high school rock ‘n’ roll band. The Stompers have served as a bond between Mustangs since 1963. The Stompers returned to Mount Vernon every fall for over twenty years, bringing people from all over the United States for their performances. Classmates who hardly knew each other in high school often become friends at a Stompers Reunion Concert. The music is important, but not the most important thing in these gatherings. The spirit and camaraderie of the room trumps all. The Stompers will tell you they don’t sound like they did in the 60s, but you never hear anyone complain. To many of us, it’s almost like a fall evening at Manny’s Corner on Main Street in 1963.”

From 1963 to 1965, the Stompers stomped. These boys from Mount Vernon toured Eastern Iowa ballrooms, Danceland in Cedar Rapids, DanceMor in Swisher, and more. It all started at Manny’s Corner, an little pizza parlor, just down Mount Vernon’s Main Street from Cornell College. Friends grew to crowds, grew to lines on the sidewalk. As the British invaded, The Stompers grew their hair long. They wore tight pants, ankle boots, and turtleneck sweaters. They sang and screamed and duck-walked across the stage like animals.

Their performances at Manny’s Corner put them on the Eastern Iowa map. Before long, The Stompers had gigs every weekend and on many week nights. They earned $100 to $150 per performance. Their original song ‘I Know’ made it to the local airwaves. Girls screamed at every venue. The Stompers fronted the likes of The Animals, the Everly Brothers, and Chuck Berry.

“I Know” gained a notoriety long outliving the band. “I Know” made it as high as #19 on a number of regional charts. In recent years, “I Know” has surfaced on garage-band-loving stations and is considered by many a collector’s item and has been featured on EBay and on-line garage-band forums such as GaragePunk.com.

The summer of ‘65 brought the release of a second record “You’re Gone” by Greg that peaked at #24 on regional charts

In ‘69, Steve, Greg and Randy along and with young brother Brian Harman joining the band, opened a show for The Paul Butterfield Blues Band at Vet’s Coliseum in Cedar Rapids. This turned out to be the precursor to a series of annual reunions.

In 2006 The Stompers band was inducted in the Iowa Music Hall of Fame.

Here’s some YouTube “videos” with their music:

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