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Kimberly Crislip-Payne

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Kimberly Crislip-Payne is a teaching artist, choreographer, and consultant. Kimberly has degrees and certifications from the Scandinavian Institute for Physical Culture in Denmark, the American College of Sports Medicine, Malone University, and the University of Akron (Jerry Burr, Inna Strabova, Lana Carroll, Kay Davis, Tom Smith, Alexander Vedmedev, Andrew Carroll, Heinz Poll, Anne Green Gilbert, Bella Lewitzky, and Donald McCardle). Her collaborative experiences are with Kent State University; Ballet Magnificat! in Jackson, Mississippi; and Jacob’s Pillow in Massachusetts, (Merce Cunningham, Meredeth Monk, Craig Patterson, Patricia Lent, Susanna Chaffey, Jennifer Way, Milton Myers, Dianne McIntyre).

Kimberly is the executive director of Buckeye Book Fair in Wooster, Ohio, where she enjoys inspiring creative arts. She has performed professionally with Leaven Dance Company in Ohio and Lori Belilove and Company in New York. Kimberly served as adjunct faculty at Kent State University, taught at the OhioDance Festival, and choreographed for the University of Akron. She began the Living Fountain Dance Company and directed it from 1993 to 2010 in Canton, Ohio. During this time, she implemented the JOYDANCE program for Community Health Services in Summit County. The program was made possible by an Ohio Criminal Justice grant and the Ohio Arts Council. Under Kimberly’s direction, Living Fountain Dance Company custom-designed dance theatre education programs for Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority, Massillon Recreation Department, Kent State University Stark Campus, Malone University (dance tour in Ukrainian Orphanages), First Friends Church, Edgewood Community Center, and True Impact (a motivational assembly touring Stark County middle schools). In 2014 Kimberly performed with Dr. Cynthia Krenzel-Dogett and concert pianist Stefanos Spanopoulos in Assisi, Italy. Before coming to Wayne Center for the Arts, Kimberly produced 55 dance and multimedia concerts, including five live music projects and three accompanied by symphony.

The award of this badge shows that the artist participated in a two-day workshop at the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning that focused on understanding arts integration, domains of youth development, behavior management, academic and fine arts standards, outcomes and indicators, and learning strategies and activities. The earner developed a program plan to apply these concepts in their work with students, earning a score of 75% or greater related to specific scoring criteria.The award of this badge shows that the artist participated in a workshop at the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning that focused specifically on building the capacity of teaching artists across Ohio to provide exceptional services to students with disabilities. Teaching artists received six hours of intensive training that imparted the knowledge and skills to effectively and confidently instruct inclusive, equitable arts programming.

Grade Levels/Age Groups

  • PreK-Kindergarten
  • Grades 1-3
  • Grades 4-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 9-12
  • Young Adults
  • Adults
  • Older Adults

Facilities and Resources Required

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Mornings and afternoons, upon request with advanced scheduling






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