Variety of classes planned for D&E Day of Dance

Jimmy Payne

ELKINS — Local and national artists will come together to share their talents during the D&E Day of Dance from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in Myles Center for the Arts Creative Commons. The event is presented by the D&E Division of Creative Arts.

Co-organizers Will Roboski and Laurie Goux, both adjunct professors of dance at D&E, say the event will be beneficial to anyone wanting to learn more about dance.

“We are excited to bring back Jimmy Payne Jr., a Chicago premier tap dancer and Columbia College Dance Center faculty member,” Goux said. “This is a great opportunity to sample a variety of classes for a nominal fee.”

Payne will conduct two sessions, one in intermediate tap and another exclusively for members of Appalachian Ensemble. His teacher and father was legendary dance master Jimmy Payne Sr., who taught tap and Afro-Caribbean dance to thousands of dance enthusiasts and professionals, including Bob Fosse and Lena Horne, for more than 70 years. Payne Jr. continues the tradition by performing and teaching in Chicago and abroad.

Each 50-minute session and instructors will take place as follows:

9 a.m.: Yoga

10 a.m.: Belly Dance, Al-Anqa

11 a.m.: Advanced Beginning Ballet, Nina Scatteregia

Noon: Highland Dance, Katy Dillon

1 p.m.: Professional Development – Art-Integration

2 p.m.: Percussive Unity Dance and Appalachian Ensemble dance audition, Will Roboski and Geoffrey Steele

3 p.m.: Dunham Class, Laurie Goux

4 p.m.: Intermediate Tap, Jimmy Payne Jr.

5 p.m.: Jimmy Payne Workshop for Appalachian Ensemble

The Professional Development session for K-12 public school teachers and teaching artists will focus on how to create project-based, arts-integrated curriculum blending the arts with math, reading, science and social science. Session facilitators include D&E Associate Professor of Art Michael Doig, Goux, Roboski and local musician Seth Young.

To register, for pricing or for additional information, call Goux at 304-801-4476.