Arts Education: Classes, workshops, private instruction, ensembles and more!

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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 lindsay@communityartscenter.net or call 859-236-4054 for more information.

Dance


Let's Dance!
 


Let's dance at the Community Arts Center!Starter Steps Waltz
Thursdays, April 17 & 24, May 1 & 15 (4 weeks)
6 to 7 p.m.
 
$35. Register now

Combinations Class Swing
Thursdays, April 17 & 24, May 1 & 15 (4 weeks)
7 to 8 p.m.
 
$35. Register now

Waltz + Combinations Package
Thursdays, April 17 & 24, May 1 & 15 (4 weeks)
6 to 8 p.m.
Register for both classes in advance for an additional discount!

$65. Register now.

Irish dance performance in Midway, Ky.Intro to Irish Dance (Youth)
Wednesdays, April 9 - May 28
 (8 weeks)
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
If you're between the ages of 5 and 14, you have a lot of energy and an interest in new dance styles, this class is for you! Learn the basics of Irish dance posture and foot placement, as well as beginner steps in the reel and 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!
Instructor: Arianna Gorton
$60. Register nowRegistration has closed. Check back soon for more Irish dance classes!

Intro to Irish Dance (Teens/Adults)

Wednesdays, April 9 - May 28
 (8 weeks)
7 - 8 p.m.
Did your St. Patrick's Day celebration this year feel lacking? Do you tap your toes when you see Riverdance on TV?  If so, it's time you tried Intro to Irish Dance!  Learn the basics of Irish dance posture and foot placement, as well as beginner steps in the reel and light jig.

Attire: This is a high-energy class, requiring students to wear above-the-knee shorts or skorts, a t-shirt, and socks or soft ballet slippers. Be sure to bring a water bottle!
Ages: 15+
Instructor: Arianna Gorton
$60. Register nowRegistration has closed. Check back soon for more Irish dance classes!

Ballroom Soirees

Ballroom Soriee
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. 


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, May 9
includes a ballroom dance lesson 
Friday, June 13
includes a ballroom dance lesson 


Arianna Gorton on pointeMeet the Instructors


At age 16, Arianna Gorton signed up for Irish dance lessons with the Kentucky McTeggart School of Irish Dance, and she now performs at the Open Championship level. She loves performing with her school at various festivals, parades churches, nursing homes, Irish pubs and anywhere there's an audience. She is also passionate about competing, participating in competitions around the country, as well as the Mid America Oireachtas (Regionals) and the North America Nationals. Arianna is currently a college junior, pursuing a B.S. in accounting, with the goal of eventually becoming a CPA. When not studying or dancing, she enjoys reading and painting.








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

Music Ensembles
  
New Horizons Band logoNew Horizons Band
NOW ENROLLING! Tuesdays, April 15 - June 3, 5 - 7 p.m.
$75 per session. Register now

"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!


Danville Children's ChoirDanville Children's Choir
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
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 www.danvillesings.com for more information.


 Private Music Instruction

classical guitar1Piano keys with handviolin

Guitar, mandolin, flute, bass, song-writing and improvisation: Jack Covell, 859-319-0773


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 Arts

Visual Arts Classes


Munchkin and Me at the Community Arts Center
Munchkin and Me


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! 
Instructor: Paula Whitaker
New crafts and activities every month!
Now enrolling for AprilMondays, April 7, 14, 21 and 28, $28
Now enrolling for MayMondays, May 5, 12, 19, 26, $28
Now enrolling for June: Mondays, June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, $35

Youth potteryIntro to Pottery (Youth)
Mondays, April 7 - 28, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Pottery, an ancient art form that dates back thousands of years, is still a wildly popular craft today. This class will introduce young students to the art of handbuilding – working with clay by hand and with simple tools – to create beautiful sculptures, pottery and more.

Students will leave this class with a better understanding of the art form and several pieces of their own work! Appropriate for elementary through middle school students

Instructor: 
Hannah Flora
$40. Register now. Registration for this class has closed!

Jonas HurleyWood-fired Pottery
Thursdays, April 24 through May 29, 6 - 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1, hours TBD

Ever seen pieces of artisan pottery in museums and art shops around Kentucky? Now you can make your own! Accomplished farmer and potter Jonas Hurley will teach you the art of wood-fired pottery, from how to throw forms on the pottery wheel to the processes of bisques and glazes. Class culminates in a two-day workshop at the instructor's farm where you will fire your pots in a wood-fired down draft kiln. Ages 14 and up

Instructor: Jonas Hurley
Final Class Location: River Run Farm, 1814 Thurman Ln., Springfield, Ky.
$84. Materials fee: TBD (will cover fuel for kiln and glazes). Register now.



Intro to Landscape Photography
Saturday, April 26, 1 to 4 p.m.

Are you intrigued by the photographic works in the "New Eyes in Danville" exhibit? Whether you have eyes that have gazed on this town for five months or five decades, what better way to capture your feelings about it than with photography? Learn the ins and outs of landscape photography and take a trip to Centre College’s campus to try out your new-found skills. When you leave this workshop, you’ll have a better eye for the beauty that surrounds us!

Instructor:
John Gentry
Materials required:
A camera of your choice, comfortable walking shoes if you choose to join the class on the visit to Centre's campus. Class begins at the Community Arts Center.

$25. 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! 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.

$1 per child. Children must be supervised while in Lisi's Lab.


Drama

Drama Classes 

William Shakespeare 1609Advanced Shakespeare Workshop: Hamlet
Wednesdays, March 12 – April 23, 7 to 9 p.m.
(seven weeks)
Delve into Hamlet, one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, this seven-week course. Work with your fellow actors to recreate some of the most exciting roles in all of Western drama in a finale performance.
Previous acting experience recommended. Ages 16+.
Instructor: Craig Payst
$60. Register nowPre-registration has closed, but please join us for $10 at the door!

 
 
Advanced Shakespeare Workshop: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Wednesdays, May 7 – June 18, 7 to 9 p.m.
(seven weeks)
Learn the tricks of the trade for Shakespearean comic performance, timing, and characterization in this seven-week course focusing on Shakespeare’s greatest comedy.

Previous acting experience recommended. Ages 16+.

Instructor: Craig Payst
$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 PaystCraig 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.



 
 
 
 

Exhibit Hours:

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

ADMISSION: 
Free

Office Hours:

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

Address:
401 W. Main Street

Danville, KY  40422
859-236-4054