Arts Education: Classes, workshops, private instruction, ensembles and more!
The Community Arts Center offers lessons and educational activities in dance, drama, music and visual arts for people of all ages. Our schedule of classes varies from month to month and season to season.
We welcome new arts programming and new arts instructors! If you have expertise in an area of the arts and would like to teach a class, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 859-236-4054 for more information.
Dance Ballroom Soirees Private Music Instruction Guitar, mandolin, flute, bass, song-writing and improvisation: Jack Covell, 859-319-0773 $1 per child. Children must be supervised while in Lisi's Lab. Drama
At our monthly Ballroom Soirees, you'll learn swing, salsa, cha cha, foxtrot, tango, hustle, rumba, waltz and more from our resident ballroom instructor, Wesley Bratcher.
Please continue to check this page for upcoming ballroom soirees!
Lesson: 8 p.m.
Open dance: 9 p.m.
Meet the Instructor
Wesley Bratcher was a professional ballroom dancer for over a decade, winning numerous awards and honors. He has taught more than 14,000 hours of classes, and is certified by both the Dance Vision International Association and Fred Astaire Dance Studio in over 20 different dance styles.
He taught at the American Dancesport Academy in Columbus, Ohio, as well as the Franklin Cottrell Dance Center and Fred Astaire Dance Studios in Lexington before moving to Danville. Wesley knows a little bit of everything, from foxtrot and waltz to rumba, jitter bug, paso doble, salsa and swing, and he’s looking forward to sharing his expertise with interested folks in Danville!
New Horizons Band
Tuesdays, 5 - 7 p.m.
October 22 - December 10.
Cost: $75 per session
Registration has closed for this session.
Please check back for spring session info, coming soon!
"Play it again!" is the motto of the New Horizons Band, which provides music education to adults and seniors. Some call it band practice, others call it social hour--we think of it as both! Best of all, no prior music experience is required!
Watch the group in action, courtesy of the Advocate Messenger!
Danville Children's Choir is back! Originally founded by conductor Bruce Richardson, the choir was active from 1990-2005, enriching our singing community for all ages in Danville and surrounding counties. After five years of silence, the choir came back to life in 2011. It welcomes new singers in grades 1-12. Learn more.
Sounding Joy is an ensemble of 30-40 women singers, selected by audition, who come together for the joy of singing choral music of all styles and cultures. Learn more.
Danville Summer Singers is a seasonal choir that meets for the months of June and July; open to men and women of all ages and experience levels. Visit www.danvillesings.com for more information.
Voice: Private singing instruction for all ages in classical, Broadway and commercial/popular vocal styles. Lessons are tailored to the needs and goals of each individual student, with emphasis given to breathing, tone quality, range expansion, diction, appropriate singing style, expression and performance. Contact Shauntina Phillips at 859-209-0055.
Piano and Voice: Richard Ferreira, 859-329-7814 (available en Español)
Violin: Phil DeHaan, 859-509-4293
Childbloom Guitar Program: An innovative approach to music-making and skill development with guitar. Designed for young people age 5 to 12. Jeff Hogue, 859-913-1676
Visual ArtsVisual Arts
(For children 18 months - 4 years, with parental supervision.)
It's never too early to let your kids explore their creativity; start now with our classes designed for parents and their little ones. We provide a wealth of activities and ideas that will help you nurture and grow your child's creativity!
Instructor: Paula Whitaker
New crafts and activities every month!
Register for the January session: Mondays, Jan. 6, 13 and 27, $21
Register for the February session: Mondays, Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24, $28
Register for the March session: Mondays, March 3, 10, 17 and 24, $28
Lisi's Art Lab
Grab the kids and head on over to the Arts Center for plenty of fun in Lisi's Art Lab, a creative space for kids of all ages! Every two weeks the lab will have a new Creative Idea with step-by-step instructions for a fun do-it-yourself project among the regular supplies.
This group meets to read through and discuss new and classic plays. Each month, a new play is chosen and read aloud by the group. No preparation or acting experience is necessary. Works can be from any genre and any era, and participants are encouraged to suggest plays they would like read!
In October, we read R.U.R. and in November we read Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest.
Community Playwrights Workshops
Sunday, Dec. 22
FREE to participate as a reader
This workshop is open to all who are interested in performance and drama. In each session involves a read-through of a play by a local author, followed by discussion and feedback from the readers and the audience. Authors are encouraged to use the feedback to revise their scripts and to build toward a staged performance. Plays of any length and all genres are welcome.
Meet the Instructors
Julya Mirro has a masters of fine arts in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University, where her concentrations were Acting Technique and Black Theatre. Julya also holds bachelors of arts in sociology and theatre and has taught theatre to all ages. Julya's published articles include works on Shakespeare, the Harlem Renaissance, living theatre, and black female playwrights. She has worked as an actor, director, professor and manager, and is the founder and artistic director for l.i.t., and the Technical Director for Salt River Shakespeare.
Craig Payst is a director, playwright, puppeteer and actor with 30 years of experience on stage. A graduate of the College of Charleston with a degree in classical languages, Craig is a lifelong student of Shakespeare who has had masters-level training in Shakespeare at North Carolina State University, served as a Shakespearian dramaturg for Bare Theatre, and is artistic director of Salt River Shakespeare.
Why study theater and drama?
"Live performance is essential to the experience of human culture. It touches us in a way that nothing that ever happens on a screen really can. The immediacy, the depth of live performance gives us access to thoughts and feelings that we would otherwise have to pay for with unendurable suffering or continually be disappointed in as we strive for unobtainable joy. Theater makes us better. Not better than other people, just better people."
Read more from Craig on the Arts Center's blog.
Private Music Instruction
Guitar, mandolin, flute, bass, song-writing and improvisation: Jack Covell, 859-319-0773
$1 per child. Children must be supervised while in Lisi's Lab.