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!  

Intro to Irish Dance (Children ages 5 to 14)Irish dance performance in Midway, Ky.
Wednesdays, Aug. 20 - Sept. 24, 6 to 7 p.m.
(6 weeks)
Does your child have a lot of energy and an interest in learning new dance styles? Channel that energy into Irish dance! He/she will learn the basics of Irish dance posture, foot placement, and beginner steps in reel or light jig.

Attire: Students are required to wear above-the-knee shorts or skorts, a t-shirt, and socks or soft ballet slippers. Be sure to bring a water bottle!

$45. Register now.

Group Irish Dance (Ceili)
Wednesdays, Aug. 20 - Sept. 24, 7 to 8 p.m. (6 weeks)
Bring the whole family, your coworkers, your besties, or come and make new friends while learning this social, co-ed, group dancing style - the way the Irish do it.

Attire: Students are required to wear above-the-knee shorts or skorts, a t-shirt, and socks or soft ballet slippers. Be sure to bring a water bottle!

For ages 12 through adult
$45. Register now.

Ballroom DanceStarter Steps Swing
Thursdays, Aug. 14 - Sept. 4, 6 to 7 p.m.
Got two left feet? Looking to try something new? Then our beginner level Starter Steps classes are for you!
Swing the summer away in this four-week class taught by Wes Bratcher.

$35. Register now.

Combinations Class Rumba
Thursdays, Aug. 14 - Sept. 4, 7 to 8 p.m.
If you've mastered the basic steps of rumba, you're ready for this intermediate class with Wes!
$35. Register now.

Swing + Rumba Package
Thursdays, Aug. 14 - Sept. 4, 6 to 8 p.m.

Interested in both classes? Sign up for both in advance and receive a discount! 
$65. Register now.

Starter Steps Salsa
Thursdays, Sept. 11 - Oct. 2, 6 to 7 p.m.
Got two left feet? Looking to try something new? Then our beginner level Starter Steps classes are for you!
$35. Register now.

Combinations Class Swing
Thursdays, Sept. 11 - Oct. 2, 7 to 8 p.m.
If you've mastered the basic steps of swing, you're ready for this intermediate class with Wes!
$35. Register now.

Salsa + Swing Package
Thursdays, Sept. 11 - Oct. 2, 6 to 8 p.m.

Interested in both classes? Sign up for both in advance and receive a discount! 
$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, Sept. 12
Friday, Oct. 10
Friday, Nov. 14
Friday, Dec. 12

Meet the Instructors

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   

Rock Band 101 - new for fall 2014!
Mondays, Sept. 15 - Nov. 3, 7 to 8 p.m.
Do you play guitar? Bass? Drums? Can you sing and play keyboards? Have you ever dreamed of being in a rock band? Now's your chance!
Open to 7th - 9th graders. Contact Gretchen at to schedule your audition before registering.
$100. Register here.

New Horizons Band logoNew Horizons Band - now enrolling for fall 2014!
"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.

See the Summer Singers perform "Music of the Greats: From Bach to the Beatles" Friday, Aug. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Danville. Joining them will be members of Danville Children's Choir and participants of Summer Choral Camp.
Summer Singers 2014 concert

 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

SketchingLearn to sketch at the Community Arts Center!
Tuesdays, July 15 – Aug. 19, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Learn to draw or expand your artistic horizons by sketching! You'll learn to sketch three-dimensionally with different exercises, techniques and strategies. Take your artwork to the next level with perspective and shading, and leave this class with a better appreciation for the art of drawing.

Students will need to bring the following materials:
One (1) newsprint pad (minimum 18”x24”)
Two (2) Prismacolor ebony graphing pencil (HB or equal)
Two (2) jet black pencils
At least four (4) charcoal sticks
One (1) China marker or grease pencil
One (1) artist chamois
One (1) kneaded eraser
Optional 14”x”17” medium surface white drawing paper for more finished drawings

For information on where to find these materials, please email
For teens and adults, ages 14+.
Instructor: Diana Kestly
$72. Register now - or drop in any week for $15 at the door!

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 Sept. 8, 15, 22 and 29. $28. Note: class will NOT meet on Labor Day, Sept.1.
Now enrolling for Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27. $28.
New crafts and activities every week of the month!

photo 2Faux Finishingnancy table
Tuesdays, Sept. 23 - October 14, 7 to 9 p.m. (4 weeks)

Learn to tranform old furniture by marbleizing, wood graining and more, with instructors Ralph Ward and Nancy Martindale.

Register now.

Kentucky State Capitol by Susan Wilhoit
Susan's watercolor of the
Kentucky State Cap

 Watercolor Weekend with Susan Wilhoit

Friday, Sept 19, 6:30 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Susan Wilhoit is a studio watercolor artist who has been painting landscapes, architecture and still life for nearly 30 years. From 1989-2002 Susan’s work reflected her primary interests of Tennessee surroundings and she found a unique ‘thumbprint’ of Tennessee’s past in each community she painted.

In 2003, with the help of supporters, Susan formed The National Capitol Heritage Foundation, Inc. for the purpose of creating and exhibiting a complete collection of original paintings of all fifty states capitol buildings, "The Magnificent Fifty." Research revealed no single artist had painted all the capitols!

Materials fee TBD. For teens/adults ages 14+. Beginners welcome!
$65. Register now.

Jonas Hurley potteryWood-fired Pottery
Thursdays, Sept. 25 - Nov. 13, 7 to 9 p.m.
The popular wood-fired pottery class is back! This class often sells out, so now’s your chance to get in on the fun.

You'll learn how to throw forms on the pottery wheel as well as how to bisque and glaze from instructor Jonas Hurley. Leave this class with a greater understanding of the craft of pottery, as well as several personalized pieces of your own.

For teens and adults, ages 14+. This class an 8-week class.
$100. Register now.

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! New arts and crafts ideas with step-by-step instructions are posted every few weeks. The lab is open whenever Arts Center exhibits are open: Wednesdays 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  

Advanced Acting Workshop: Shakespeare Scene Work
Tuesday and Thursdays, Aug. 12 – 28, 7 to 9 p.m. 

Responding to other actors in a scene, building tension, finding the jokes... all of these are essential skills for any actor, particularly those working with Shakespeare. Shakespeare's scenes are carried by the rhythm of the verse and the sounds of the words. Mastering these aspects of a scene is essential to building a connection with other actors and the audience.

This intensive class will give actors practical experience in the skills required to successfully play with other actors when performing Shakespeare. Gain an understanding of speaking the text, physically interacting with the other people on stage, and a better sense of the all-important element of timing.

Previous acting experience recommended. Ages 16+. This is a three-week class, four hours per  week.

Instructor: Craig Payst
$60. Register now.

Read more about Craig's scene work class on the blog!

Shakespeare The Tempest with Craig PaystAdvanced Acting Workshop: The Tempest
Wednesdays, Oct. 1 - Nov. 12. 7 to 9 p.m.

In Craig Payst's classes you'll learn professional techniques for reading and performing Shakespeare’s plays, working directly from the Bard’s original texts. Expand your knowledge of Shakespeare and your skills as an actor!

Previous acting experience recommended. Ages 16+. This is a seven-week class.
$60. Register now.

Meet the Instructors

Julya MirroJulya 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 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


Exhibit and Lisi's Art Lab Hours:

Wed. - 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