Expressive Arts

An Expressive Dance Theatre Class provides multiple opportunities for participants to learn and engage in the benefits of performing arts lessons without necessarily having to perform.  Students can journey through 1-12 invitations for expressive experiences. 

The tools that artists use daily are grounding, performance etiquette (relational structure), movement elements, sequencing, and employing focus strategies.  As participants work in a small group environment to experience an arts education with performance and relaxation methods, their thoughts will be challenged to remain focused on the artistic material.

Anita met with women fighting breast cancer, together, they developed movements to be warriors. Anita performed with them and, at times, for them on stage. The movement helped cancer warriors, survivors, and conquerors go beyond the words.

Artist, Trish Deheer and Dancer, Anita Artzner featured in The Repository

STORIES: When participants view short virtual examples of artist biographies and performances they experience amazing insight and exposure to history and real-life champions in the arts. They learn fresh vocabulary about the challenges that artists succumbed to, cope with, or victoriously conquer. Some will feel equipped to use their own poetic license, (which is provided and explained) to discuss the transformation of their assets, challenges, and setbacks to their own artistic creations.  Expressive Dance Theatre technique class provides entrance ramps for participants to further understand and enjoy artistic studies, decide to study more dance or arts styles, other performing arts expressions, or enter new hobbies with fresh overarching confidence.

Participants enjoy engaging in dance theatre lessons to learn the communication tools of the performing arts trade. Classes will include a movement lesson from a specific dance style, then shift to the creative process of dance theatre element study. Then the participants will view short production videos and make lighting and costume recommendations for their individual or collaborative idea.   

Movement Styles

  • Hip-Hop
  • Ballet
  • Modern Contemporary (this is the most effective for expressive arts)
  • Yogalates (Yoga and Pilates)
  • Tap
  • Jazz Styles

Dance Elements

  • Lines of action
  • Plane Shapes
  • 4 Focuses of Performing Artists
  • Balance Strategies
  • Reflection
  • Speed/Tempo Establishment
  • Energy Decisions
  • Character Development (Fictional Choices provided by the Creative Arts)
  • Musical Selections
  • Reverence (Salutations)

Art is a constant agent of transformation and is indeed the soul’s drive to health.

Cathy Malchiodi

Kimberly Crislip Jarvis is a graduate of The Scandinavian Institute for Physical Culture, The University of Akron, and Malone University. She has extensive training in dance, movement, and learning theories and is hghly regarded within the state as a movement expert. She holds additional certifications in pastoral counseling and personal training.

Graduates of Puremovement, under the direction of Mara Schwendiman continued the Expressive Arts Ministry of LFDC through 2010. Kimberly Jarvis (Payne) developed Friends Dance Ministry from 2008-2014, then moved to Wooster to work with Wayne Center for the Arts. Please call 330-309-7030 for partnering opportunities.