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 or call 859-236-4054 for more information.


Let's Dance!  

Ballroom Dance
Starter Steps Fox Trot
Thursdays, November 13 – December 11, 6 to 7 p.m.
The foxtrot is a smooth dance characterized by long, continuous flowing movements across the dance floor.  Doesn’t that sound like fun?  Even if you have two left feet, here is where you start your quest to “dance like the stars!"  
$35. Register now.

Intermediate West Coast Swing, Combinations
Thursdays, November 13 – December 11, 7 to 8 p.m.

The West Coast Swing may have roots in the Lindy Hop and the Jitterbug, and was named the official dance of California in 2008 – so you know it’s a lot of fun!  After you take the intermediate dance class, you are ready to cut a rug.  $35. Register n

Beginning Combo Pack
Thursdays, November 13 – December 11, 6 to 8 p.m.

Both Beginning Fox Trot and Intermediate West Coast Swing – save when you register for both.  $65. Register now.

Ballroom Soirees

Ballroom SorieeAt 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. 

Each soiree begins at 8 p.m. with a lesson in a particular style, followed by an open dance party! First-timers are free, regulars pay $5.

Friday, Dec. 12

Meet the Instructor

Wesley Bratcher, middle, with two studentsWesley Bratcher
 (pictured, middle) 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!


Music Ensembles   

New Horizons Band logoNew Horizons Band
"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!

Tuesdays, Sept. 9 - Dec. 9*, 5 to 7 p.m.
$120 per 12-week session. Register now. 
*New Horizons Band will not meet Oct. 7 or Nov. 25

Danville Children's ChoirDanville Children's Choir
The choir was first 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. Led by Meg Stohlmann and Amy Harrod, the choir welcomes singers in grades 1-12. Learn more. 

Sounding Joy
Sounding Joy
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

Summer SingersDanville Summer Singers 

A seasonal choir that meets for the months of June and July; open to men and women of all ages and experience levels. Visit for more information.

 Private Music Instruction

classical guitar1Piano keys with handviolin

Guitar, mandolin, flute, clarinet, bass guitar, saxophone, music theory, song-writing and improvisation: Jack Covell, 859-319-0773

Voice (Broadway, classical, and commercial/pop styles - all ages):
 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)

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 Arts

Visual Arts Classes

Munchkin and Me 
Munchkin and Me at the Community Arts Center 

Mondays, 10 - 10:45 a.m.
(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!
See what Munchkin & Me is like by checking out our photo album on Facebook!
Instructor: Paula Whitaker

Now enrolling for Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22. $28.

 New crafts and activities every week of the month!

drypoint etchingBeginning/Intermediate Printmaking - Drypoint Etching      
Mondays, November 3, 10, 17 & 24 from 6 - 9 pm   Instructor – Melanie Morrett
Beginning students will learn how to create drypoint etchings from the drawings of their choice, using acrylic etching plates and water based inks.  Students will learn the best techniques to etch plates and run a small edition of prints on the press. 

Returning students will continue to explore the drypoint process with instructor emphasis on artistic decisions and technique refinement, with the option to purchase copper plates and additional materials.

Materials fee includes:

  • 2 etching plates, 4x6 and 5x7
  • Etching needle
  • Burnisher
    Rubber gloves
    50 sheet newsprint pad
    Proof paper – 15 sheets
    Edition paper – 15 sheets

    Additional materials available for purchase if needed.

    $85. First-time students pay $50 materials fee. 



Lisi's Art Lab
Lisis Art Lab Danville community arts center

Lisis 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! Use any of our art supplies, and see what you can come up with. The lab is open whenever Arts Center exhibits are open: Mondays through Fridays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

$1 per child (includes supplies). Children must be supervised while in Lisi's Lab.


Drama Classes

Introduction to Clowning
Tuesdays, Nov. 4 - 25, 7 to 9 p.m.

Clown Around
Clowns are known for single-handedly winning over an entire audience, and soon you will too! This workshop explores the classic techniques clowning: movement, character building, working with props, interacting with audiences, and how to make it all funny. Learn how to use your body effectively for different comedy styles like mime, clown scenes and even Shakespearean clowning.

Instructor: Craig Payst.

Teens and adults ages 16+. (Open to 15 and under, with prior approval from instructor.) This is a four-week class.
$40 (includes a nose!).

Meet the Instructor

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.
Craig Payst

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


Exhibit and Lisi's Art Lab Hours:

Mon. - Fri.: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sat.: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Exhibits free, Lisi's Art Lab $1 per child

Office Hours:

Mon. - Fri: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

401 W. Main Street

Danville, KY  40422

Events At A Glance

Thu Nov 27
Thu Nov 27 @10:00AM - 06:00PM
Trees & Trains
Thu Nov 27 @ 6:00PM - 07:00PM
Fox Trot
Thu Nov 27 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
Intermediate West Coast Swing
Fri Nov 28
Lisi's Art Lab is open!