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 DanceStarter 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. Pre-registration has closed, but join us at the door each week for $10 at the door!

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 nowPre-registration has closed, but join us at the door each week for $10 at the door!

Learn Michael Jackson's Thriller
Thriller 2013.3Mondays, Oct. 6 - 27, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Dress rehearsal: Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m.
Performance(s): Oct. 31 at 8:30 p.m.

Dance all over downtown Danville with your friends this Halloween after learning this iconic dance at the Arts Center.

Choreography is best suited for ages 12 and up. Children 12 and under may participate if accompanied by an adult.
If you've taken the class before, contact by Sept. 25 for a special discount!

$30. Register now.

Starter Steps West Coast Swing
Thursdays, Oct. 16 - Nov. 6, 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 Salsa
Thursdays, Oct. 16 - Nov. 6, 7 to 8 p.m.
If you've mastered the basic steps of salsa, you're ready for this intermediate class with Wes!
$35. Register now.

West Coast Swing + Salsa Package
Thursdays, Oct. 16 - Nov. 6, 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, Oct. 10
Friday, Nov. 14
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 Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27. $28.
Now enrolling for Nov. 3, 10, 17 and 24. $28.
Now enrolling for Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22. $28.


New crafts and activities every week of the month!


Painting 101
Thursdays, Sept. 18 - Oct. 9, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

If you've enjoyed Starry Night Studio, and want to take it to the next level, be sure to take this class!  The first in a series of painting fundamentals, this class will teach brush techniques, paint mixing and gradients, conceps of shading, color, and more.  In the final project, students will paint 4 studies of an apple, exploring the techniques learned.  Acrylic paint will be used, but the techniques are universal.  Materials fee (TBD) will cover brushes and paints (to keep), canvases, and more.  $72 for 4 weeks of 3-hour classes. (12 hours of instruction)

$72. Register now. Registration has closed.
Paint and Brushes



Faux Finishing

Tuesdays, Sept. 23 - October 14, 7 to 9 p.m. (4 weeks)marbleized table

Learn to tranform old furniture by marbleizing, wood graining and more, with instructors Ralph Ward and Nancy Martindale. Many types of faux finishing with be explored.

Register now. Registration has closed.


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.

Glazing, loading and firing will take place at River Run Farm (1813 Thurman Lane, Springfield) Nov. 13, 14 and 15.

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

Mask Building
Tuesdays, Oct. 14 & 21, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Green maskThis course teaches the basic mask construction techniques that have been used for centuries in constucting theatrical and carnival masks. Paper mache masks are remarkably strong and durable, are amazingly inexpensive to construct, and can be a great way to impress your friends with a fabulous or frightening homemade Halloween costume.

In the first session, you'll sculpt a mask face from clay and mold paper mache on top. A week later, once the mask dries, you'll paint and decorate your creation!

Appropriate for middle school students through adult.

$25 (includes materials). Register now.


Thursdays, Oct. 16 - Nov. 6, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
If you enjoyed Starry Night Studio or Painting 101, try this class! It covers techniques with waterwashes, glazing, textures, printing, and more to increase your painting skills.
For teens/adults, ages 14+. This is a 4-week class. Registration deadline: Monday, Oct. 13.
$72. 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! 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

Shakespeare The Tempest with Craig Payst
Advanced 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.

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!). Register now.

Meet the Instructors

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:

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