Seville Arts Project makes a Splash!

The Seville Arts Project is an expressive arts group.  Students meet weekly to use the arts to make friends, feel better about life, and learn how to make positive choices.

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Reaching Hearts with the Power of the Arts

The Arts Conservatory at Camp NEOSA (Salvation Army) is a fundamental time in super-charging leaders and students alike.  The group annually hosts a Star Search Competition allowing all the students in regional arts ministries to be adjudicated.  The Arts Conservatory is a week for students and group leaders to come to the beautiful camp center set beside Leesville Lake close to Atwood Lake.  Over the past decade it has been a pleasure to join the camp and give instruction on sacred dance.

Dance has a way of blessing God’s heart and showing it to the world.  There are moments when everything that the Lord wants to say about a moment come down to beauty.  This week was no different.  It was beautiful to train the dancers this week.  It was beautiful also to see God’s kids praising Him with trimbrel, horns, songs, and dramas.



DanceProject_10573939rtMeaningful change in heart, body, and mind takes time, but it all starts with one brave leap forward.  When you do, you say to yourself: I am bigger than the fear that’s holding me back, and I am ready to reach for more.

Sculpt a Stronger Core

“How?  With 10-second plank intervals.  ‘It’s a safer, more tolerable way to extend the total training time, fiving your core a challenge without putting your back at risk of injury.’  says Stuart McGill, PhD, a professory of spine biomechanics at the University of Waterloo in Canada.” December 2013

Dance Club Class

Click Link to watch Dance Club Combination Video

This past Wednesday I had the happy opportunity to teach a beginners Modern/Contemporary Class to the Dance Club at Malone College.  I’m excited the group is formed and I can see they will accomplish many great things for the artform of dance.  They are devoted to flourishing in the gifts that God has given them!

Fall Dance Classes

The beginning of Fall….While there are days when the soft light shines through the sunflower stalks and I think, “It’s a fresh new year”. The crisp new beginning of the school year more often shows it’s arrival by the smell of soft leather ballet slippers. ” What level will I be in?  Who will be in that level with me?  I hope our routines are creative and ingenious”

It’s been a few years since I wondered about the dance level I would be in – but I remember those studio days and college schedules that materialized this time of year.  Now, on the other side of my education, I am continually looking over the class rosters and developing the plan for the semester.  My questions have become, “I wonder how tall she grew this summer.  I hope they did their core exercises.  This song will be perfect for the spirit of that class of ladies.”

Today, I will be inviting new parents of pre-dancers into the world of FRIENDS DANCE CLASSES.  We will be measuring feet and outfitting 3, 4, and 5 year olds for the next few weeks.  It never ceases to amaze me that every child is born knowing how to dance.  My job is to remind them and strengthen them throughout childhood and into adulthood as creative, dancing, quality movers.  The new pre-dancers will actually bring inspiration.  They remind each teacher and audience member what is is like to be young and alive.

The Fall dance classes begin on Monday.  I can’t wait to see the smiles.  I can’t wait to see the pudgy toes.

Recapping the Summer

This Summer offered a variety of stamina building and endurance training.  While the heat was a bummer to most Ohioans…the dancers can stretch farther and train better in the heat.  This was something I looked forward to each day.


In the beginning of the summer I met up with Lighthouse Ministries in S.E. Canton to launch their staff with MOVING TO MATH curricula and training.  This went well.  Best part – I have a full draft completed for my Math workbook.  Now, to get good photos this year! 

I hope to begin training teachers at the end of this school year.  That would be May 2013.  The fitness element is the most exiting part to me.  The results from last year’s students math proficiency and fitness assessments were good.  You can look forward to a full post on that soon.


  This choreography experience is one that I’ve come to love.  It’s all out live musical theatre.  The kids learn to work hard from 9am-4pm.  We enjoy their company from 8-5pm.  Then, in a short 2 weeks time they learn an entire musical review.

This year it was themed: RADIO.  The time – tune – travelers pop in and out of radio decades to bring audience members along.  Everything from Jenny’s 867-5309 to War of the Worlds.  All kids. Voguing and Kung Fu Fighting.


Immediately following KID camp – I drove down through the beautiful landscape of Atwood Lake Region in Ohio to Camp Neosa.  It is so very beautiful.  There, I met 12 art conservation dance students.  The instructor Jackie Hemming has been faithfully teaching them and boy, could they groove.  They have strong ideas about dance – which I LOVE.  The technique class was a challenge, as always, for expressive dancers.  But, I saw my favorite action.  I love that moment when the dancer discovers that the study of technique is created for them to reach their vision.  I look forward to an exciting future for these students.


This year instead of PRINCESS CAMP…I chose to launch the summer dance camp.  It’s not that I got tired of pink…but I believed it was time.  The students ranged from age 3-15.  Classes in technique were given and also Hip-Hop.  Students learned about DIRECTIONAL DANCES.  There is actually a movement scale designed by Rudolf Laban.  Similarly to DO, RAE, ME, FA, SO, LA, TE, DO…Up, Down, Side,Side, Front, Back, and Diagonal.

What’s NEXT??

It is that time again!  Time to gear up for the school year to begin.  My plans are to continue at Akron Public Schools with the after-school Hip-Hop Dance Classes.  I expect great things from myself this Fall as a teaching artist.  It is time to book your classroom!!!

Thanks for reading!  Have a great time with Back To School!

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Online Exercise Class – BALLET

“Fitness pros are making it easy to get celeb-caliber workouts at home!  The latest innovation is live online classes.  Roll out of bed, turn on your computer, log onto ad take a dance-fitness class with Mary Helen Brown in her N.Y.C. studio – she’s Natalie Portman’s trainer.”  Katie Dickens

Summer Dance Camp

This will be the first year that I’ll be teaching a Summer Dance Camp  Please pass the word!

Directional Dances:

In dance, like music, there are movement scales for learning and perfecting technique.  In music we are familiar with Do, Rae, Me, Fa, So, La, Te, Do.  In dance the movement scale is up, down, right side, left side, front, back , right diagonal, left diagonal.  Just as with music, in dance, the possibilities for creating new combinations of performance are endless.  The Directional Dances theme for Summer Dance Camp at First Friends will give students of every age an opportunity to cultivate and solidify their inner impulses for dance.  This will take place through a modern/contemporary style of dance. 

First Friends

Currently registering for Summer Dance Camp

August 6-10, 2012

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced Classes in Modern/Contemporary Dance

Elementary Hip-Hop & Teen Hip-Hop with Mrs. Payne

330.966.2800 for more information