With our brand new space we are able to offer a wide variety classes spanning all arts disciplines for people of all ages. Check out all our new classes planned for this fall/winer. Registration is now open! Visit desmoinessocialclub.org/classes for details.

Mark your calendars for Free Class Day: Education Open House on Thurs., Aug. 28. Visitors will experience free samples of a selection of the Des Moines Social Club’s class offerings. Further Free Class Day details will be released soon.

Fall/Winter Schedule


Actors’ Dojo

September 8 – October 13
Mondays 7:15pm – 8:45pm
$60 for 6-week session, $15 drop-in
Devin Preston, instructor
A space for actors to work together on their craft and instrument, focusing on physical work and scene studies. The goal is to establish an ensemble work ethic that pushes members to do their best work and find new avenues of creativity. The fall session will be a six-week survey of Viewpoints, a movement based method for creating performance.

Acting I and II

Free orientation Class for Students new to the Meisner technique, or to working with James: Saturday, August 30
Saturdays September 6 – October 25
10:00am – 1:00pm
$30 drop-in or $200 for eight-week session
James Serpento, Instructor
Whether you are just starting out, or a seasoned professional looking to make your work even better, this class, based primarily on the teachings of Sanford Meisner, is specifically designed to take you further toward excellence in your actor’s journey.

Un-armed Stage Violence: The Basics

Saturday, October 4
1:30 – 4:00pm
John Graham, instructor
This workshop covers the basics of creating a piece of safe, convincing, active, and interesting stage violence. Focusing on motivated actions and reactions, we will explore the steps necessary for any dramatic combat move. We will punch, slap, kick, and choke each other, and have fun doing it.


DMSC Writers’ Workshop

October 9 – November 13
Thursdays 6:00 – 7:30pm
$70 for 6-week session
Travis Scott, instructor
Whether you are starting your novel or trying to finish a piece of short fiction for publication or graduate school submission – the DSMC Writer’s Workshop is your opportunity to gain invaluable feedback and develop a trusted network writers that you will keep long after the course. The content and direction of the workshop itself is guided by the insights of all participants and contributions of each writer.

Beginning Poetry

September 4 – October 2
Thursdays 6:00 – 7:15pm
$100 for 5-week session
Nate Klug, instructor
In this class, we will be introduced to the essential elements of the art of poetry. Weekly writing assignments will be coupled with outstanding model poems. Together we will explore how an interest in poetry can be pursued in the larger context of one’s life, including the world of publication.

Writing for Stage and Screen

Saturday, September 27
2:00 – 5:00pm
James Serpento, instructor
Writing for the stage or screen is possibly the literary world’s most exciting undertaking, not complete until given life by the actors, directors and technicians responsible for making theatre and film happen. Drawing from many theorists and practitioners, this workshop will focus on the craft of structuring story for maximum impact.


Intro to Studio Recording

Sessions August 19 – September 23 (Tuesdays); September 30 – November 4 (Tuesdays); November 10 – December 15 (Mondays)
7:00 – 8:30pm
$60 for 6-week session
Phil Young, instructor
Take a hands- on approach to learning how to record audio in a professional studio environment. We’ll learn how to record anything from a single voice to a full-fledged, multi-tracked song. This course will be perfect for artists who want to be able to record their own demos and for the hobbyists who want to learn more. No prior knowledge needed.

Advanced Studio Theory

August 18 – September 22
Mondays 7:00 – 8:30pm from August 18 – September 22
$60 for 6-week session
Prerequisite: Intro to Studio Recording
Take a hands- on approach to learning how to record audio in a professional studio environment. This course will build upon lessons taught in Intro to Studio Recording.
Topics covered will include studio psychology and etiquette, mic placement, live and overdub tracking, effects theory, and in-depth mixing and mastering.

Song Writing and Music Theory: Level 1

September 4 – October 2
Thursdays 7:00 – 8:00pm
$90 for 5-week session, $20 drop-in
Kevin Drew, instructor
This unique 5-week course will discuss basic music theory concepts as they apply to song writing. During classes, students will listen to songs, discuss, and deconstruct them, in order to answer the question “What Makes A Great Song?” Learn about melody, harmony, dynamics, chord progression, and other aspects of music. You will learn how these concepts and tools can be used while crafting your songs. No instruments or previous experience necessary.


American Tribal Style® Belly Dance Level 1

Two sessions: September 4 – October 9, October 23 – December 4 (no class November 27)
Thursdays 6:15 – 7:15pm
$15 drop-in or $60 for six-week session
Dawn Grey, instructor
This six-week session is for students who have never tried ATS® Belly Dance or for advanced students who want to refine their foundational moves. The combination of colorful costumes, adornments, coordinated movements, and a totally improvisational style, make this dance a fun and exciting venture. No prior dance experience is needed and no, you are not required to show your belly.

American Tribal Style® Belly Dance Level 2

Twelve weeks: September 4 – October 9, October 23 – December 4 (no class November 27)
Thursdays 7:30 – 8:30pm
$15 drop-in or $60 for six-week session
Dawn Grey, instructor
We will add to and expand upon the foundation moves that were learned in Level 1 by layering, levels, new moves, new zill patterns, and performance techniques that will really get students dancing. Level 2 contains twelve weeks of instruction, which will be held in two six-week sessions. All classes are taught by a certified instructor and FCBD® Sister Studio.

Open Belly Dance

October 16
December 11
6:30 – 8:00pm
$10 drop-in only
Held in between sessions of American Tribal Style® Belly Dance, this is an opportunity to practice your moves in a low-pressure setting.

Lunch Hour Yoga

Monday – Friday, 12:00 – 12:45pm beginning September 2
$10 drop-in, 5 for $45, or 10 for $80
Nakisha Phillips and Mary Lasky, instructors
Join us on your lunch hour for a rejuvenating 45 minute yoga session. Geared toward all levels, this class is intended to wake up your senses and energize you for the afternoon.

Ashtanga Yoga

Ongoing beginning August 18
Mondays 5:30 – 7:00pm
$15 drop-in, 5 classes for $65 or 10 classes for $120
Mary Lasky, instructor
Ashtanga Yoga Class taught in the traditional, teacher-led style. This 1.5-hr sequence moves in a vinyasa flow style through fundamental standing poses, deep seated stretches and twists, heart openers, inversions and centering pranayama work. All connected by continuous breath and flowing transitions. All students welcome.

Paper Mountain Yoga

Ongoing beginning August 24
Sundays 5:00 – 6:30pm
$15 drop-in, 5 classes for $65, or 10 for $120
Nakisha Phillips, instructor
In this 1.5 hour long student centered practice we will focus on the yoking together of the mind & body, through asana, pranayama & mantra. This class is not about the clothes you wear or the mat you stand on and all levels are welcome. The only requirement from you as students is your presence, your integrity & your love of the practice. Not there yet? We’ll work on it together.

Line Dancing

September 15 – December 17 (No class 10/20 – 10/29)
Mondays and Wednesdays 11:00am – 12:00pm
$30 for 3-weeks (drop-ins permitted)
Jennifer Malcolm-Brown, instructor
People of all ages and skill levels can enjoy learning new dances where no partner is needed. This low-impact exercise can keep you young by challenging your mind to learn patterns of movement and follow in a formation with other line dancers. Learn simple patterns that are quick to learn and fun to do that will keep you engaged, entertained and motivated to learn more.


All Aerial

Four Sessions:
Wednesdays September 10 – October 15
Saturdays September 6 – October 11
Additional classes and workshops to be announced soon!
Wednesdays 5:45 – 7:15pm, Saturdays 10:45am – 12:15pm
$100 for 6-week session, $20 drop-in
Laura Ernst, instructor
Want to learn how to fly through the air? This class is a great way to try out all things aerial. From the trapeze, to the aerial hoop and aerial fabric, there’s no better way to have fun, get fit, and improve your coordination. No experience is necessary, simply a curiosity for all things aerial. Classes are individualized to your needs and strengths.

Everything Circus

Two Sessions: September 10 – October 15
Additional classes and workshops to be announced soon!
Wednesdays 7:30 – 9:00pm
$75 for 6-week session or $15 drop-in
Laura Ernst, instructor
Want to learn amazing new skills and invigorate your fitness routine? Perfect for adults of all ages and fitness levels. Circus is a great way to improve body balance, strength, flexibility, and coordination. Your body AND mind will get a work out! We will explore several varieties of circus props and apparatus from juggling, to hula hooping, acrobatics and even aerial arts!

Intermediate Hooping

Wednesdays 5:30 – 7:30pm (ongoing)
Leah Barber, instructor
Beyond waist hooping for the intermediate to advanced hooper. Each week we’ll work on different types of hoopdance moves. Examples: transitions, kick ups, jump throughs, duck outs, reversals, and isolations.

Foundations of Hooping

Ongoing beginning October 4
Saturdays 12;30 – 1:30pm
$5 drop-in only
Leah Barber, instructor
This hooping class will be geared toward beginners, but all levels are welcome. We’ll work on foundational moves and work towards more advanced moves. If you don’t have a hoop, don’t worry – we have extras and several of our hoopers also make hoops for sale.

Sunday Circus Jam

Sundays 4:00pm – 6:00pm (ongoing)
Bring your hoop, minis, poi, staff, flow wand, etc. and come out to play! There is no instructor designated for the jam, however, if you practice here and decide you need more help, attend one of our classes! The practice jam is free!

Beginning Poi

7:00 – 8:00pm July 27, August 17, September 28, October 26
$15 at the door
Lacey Cornick, instructor
No experience needed for this beginner workshop in which we will explore the basics of spinning poi! Spinning Poi helps one gain and/or improve dexterity, hand-eye-coordination, strength, and rhythm, but it’s main purpose, both historically and now, is to have fun!


Comics 101

September 9 – November 11
Tuesdays 7:00pm – 8:30pm
$225 for the 10 week course
Ron Wagner, instructor
Taught by a professional comic book artist, this course will cover the basics of comic book art. We will work on basic drawings skills that will include perspective, form and composition as well as storytelling and dynamic figure drawing. Techniques for inking and coloring will also be explored. Students will produce a comic book cover and one page of interior art.

Photography: The Art of Seeing

August 20 – September 24
Wednesdays 6:00 – 7:30pm for regular class, Saturdays August 30 and September 20 from 1:30 – 3:00pm for optional film-based classes.
$120 for 6-week digital-only session. $150 for 6-week digital session plus two bonus B&W film sessions.
Lucas Moser and Joe Crimmings, instructors
Using DSLR cameras, students will learn to take stunning images of any subject in any situation. Topics include composition; camera settings; qualities of natural light; use of shutter, aperture, and lenses . All lessons come together to produce creative and artistic images.

Advanced Figure Drawing

Every other Sunday – NOTE: new time beginning September 14
Sundays 1:30 – 3:30pm
BYOE (Bring Your Own Easel)
Jon Pearson, facilitator
A bi-weekly life drawing session with experienced models. The aim of this workshop is to provide the experienced artist with time and space to develop their skills and techniques in life drawing. There will be an optional period of critique near the end of each session.


Kids’ Aerial

September 6 – October 11
Saturdays 9:00 – 10:30am
$75 for 6-week session; $15 drop-in
Ages 8 and up
Laura Ernst, instructor
This is the perfect class for kids that love to climb. Full of games and amazing skills that will build up your child’s strength, flexibility, and self-esteem, this class will give kids the chance to fly! Students will learn basic skills on aerial hammock, aerial fabric, static trapeze, and lyra in a safe environment under the supervision of professional aerialists.

Tiny Crow Yoga

Ongoing beginning September 6
Saturdays 10:00 – 10:45am
$15 for two family members, $20 for any family of 3 or more
Ages 5 and up – intended to be enjoyed as a family
Nakisha Phillips, instructor
An opportunity for the whole family to stretch, relax, and get zen! This 45-minute long session is meant to be enjoyed by ages 5 and up, with parents and children encouraged to practice together. We will focus on self awareness through storytelling, fun poses & music! All levels are welcome.

Break Dancing for Kids I

Two Sessions:
September 2 – October 7
October 14 – November 18
Tuesdays 5:30 – 6:30pm
$75 for 6 Weeks
All ages welcome
Anthony San, instructor
A beginner breakdancing class teaching the basic foundation of the dance along with history of Hip Hop culture. This class will cover basic top rocking, footwork, freezes, transitions, and power in a fun and safe environment.

Break Dancing for Kids II

October 14 – November 18
Tuesdays 6:45 – 7:45pm
$80 for 6 Weeks
All ages welcome
Prerequisite: Minimum of 6 sessions of Break Dancing for Kids.
Anthony San, instructor
A fast-paced, fat burning, high-energy class. Students will learn advanced footwork, top rocking, diverse freezes and complicated power moves as well as how to create their own sets. We will work on improving our musicality, form, and breaking terminology.

Creative Movement

Two Sessions:
September 3 – October 8
October 15 – November 19
Wednesdays 10:30 – 11:15am
40 for 6-week session, $8 drop-in
Ages 2-4
Yvette Keyes, instructor
A stimulating, fun and imaginative class that introduces the fundamentals of dance while nurturing a child’s agility and musicality. Students learn classroom procedures – student/teacher relationship; taking turns; participation and co-operation. By using games, props, toys and rhythm instruments, the class offers creative ways to challenge the child both mentally and physically.

Hip-hop Starz

Two Sessions:
September 7 – October 12
October 19 – November 30
Sundays 1:00 – 2:00pm
$50 for 6-week session, $10 drop-in
Ages 11 and up
Yvette Keyes, instructor
Hip Hop is a blend of today’s high-energy “street style” movement. Typically performed to “popular urban music,” this style of dance has been very sought after by teens, preteens and the “young at heart.” The style boasts that everyone is capable of taking part and having fun! Sometimes percussive and other times it incorporates “house or club” dancing, making Hip Hop the latest dance phenomenon.

Dance Essentials

Two Sessions:
September 6 – October 11
October 18 – November 29
Saturdays 2:00 – 3:00pm
$50 for 6-week session, $10 drop-in
Ages 5-10
Yvette Keyes, instructor
This class for elementary aged dancers introduces our dancers to the more traditional combination dance class. Dancers will learn tap, jazz and ballet. Tap classes stress rhythm and basic tap steps and combinations. Ballet techniques are taught for a strong ballet foundation in order to develop the strength and agility needed for other forms of dance as well as learning basic jazz technique.

Poetry for Young Writers

October 1 – October 29
Wednesdays 5:30 – 6:30pm
$90 for 5-week session
Ages 10 – 15
Nate Klug, instructor
We will trust poetry to help us rediscover the magical and the mysterious. Short assignments will help us listen to this buzzing, blooming world around us. Everything imagined is real, and all of life is in play!

Graphic Design Workshop: Insects and Art

Saturday, November 1
1:00 – 3:00pm
$30 (supplies provided)
Ages 7 – 11
Bev Ellis, instructor
How does a graphic designer create? Students learn the fundamentals of graphic design and then put them in practice to make their own insect graphic. After observing an outstanding insect collection and insect models they have new knowledge about insects and inspiration for their visual art.

Water in Haiku and Art

October 4 – 18
Saturdays 1:00 – 2:00pm
$60 (supplies provided)
Ages 7 – 11
Bev Ellis, instructor
In the workshop,“Water in Art,” students will learn and experience: how water occurs in nature, different artists representation of water, Haiku poetry and creating a Haiku about water, create a watercolor painting about their Haiku, different lettering styles, and writing their Haiku on their painting.

Hooping for Kids

Ongoing beginning October 4
Saturdays 11:15am – 12:15pm
$10 drop in, 5 classes for $45
Recommended for ages 6 and up
Shelby Sprouse, instructor
A hula hooping class designed just for kids! We’ll work on foundational moves and work towards more advanced moves as we go. If you don’t have a hoop, don’t worry — we have extras and several of our hoopers also make hoops for sale.