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Urbandale Public Library/Hurley & Dancers

Hurley & Dancers logoFounded in 2001, Hurley & Dancers/Tandem Theatre and Dance is a professional modern dance company based in Des Moines that presents public performances and dance educational outreach. Comprised of nine professional dancers and educators from Central Iowa, the company brings together instructors from area universities, colleges and studios who are actively performing and choreographing in their field. The company has enjoyed performances across the Midwest and Canada.


Kathleen Hurley is the founder and Artistic Director of Hurley & Dancers/Tandem Theatre and Dance (2001-present). Her dance career includes performances with Yancey Dance Theatre and the Doris Humphrey Dance Ensemble in New York City, and guest appearances in Germany and Mexico. In addition, she was a member of Pennsylvania Dance Theatre, touring the east coast and Europe. Kathleen is an honors graduate of the University of Iowa where she toured to Hong Kong with the Dancers to Go Company. She teaches at Grinnell College, Central Academy, and Des Moines DanzArts Studio. Her teaching resume also includes teaching for the Limón Institute in Manhattan, Perry Dance in NYC, Dance Space in NYC, Long Island University, and Iowa State University workshops. In the spring of 2020 she is also directing the Grinnell College student Dance Ensemble.

Benjamin Rethmeier is the co-director for Tandem Theatre and Dance/Hurley & Dancers and is a dance educator and arts advocate in central Iowa. Benjamin enjoys working with area youth in the art of choreography and dance production through Tandem Theatre and Dance’s choreography club experiences. He currently teaches at Central Academy, Westside Dance, and The Dance Place. Past performances include appearances with The Des Moines Metro Opera, Central Dance Theatre of Omaha, Co’Motion Dance Theater and Iowa Dance Theatre.