Kimberly is enthusiastic about strengthening communities through art experiences by partnering interdisciplinary studies. She has a knack for identifying fresh solutions and being agile, with collaborative methods, to put them in motion. Kimberly is detail-oriented and focused. She brings wellness to all people, audience members, faculty, and friends through arts & leadership practices.
Kimberly Payne is an administrator, instructor, choreographer, and teaching artist (OAC). Kimberly has degrees and certifications from The Scandinavian Institute for Physical Culture in Denmark, The American College of Sports Medicine, and Malone University (MAOL), The University of Akron (BA Dance) (Jerry Burr, Inna Strabova, Lana Carroll, Kay Davis, Tom Smith, Alexander Vedmedev, Andrew Carroll, Heinz Poll, and Donald McCardle). Her continued studies have been through Kent State University, Ballet Magnificat! in Jackson, Mississippi, Jacob’s Pillow in Massachusetts, (Merce Cunningham, Meredeth Monk, Craig Patterson, Patricia Lent, Susanna Chaffey, Jennifer Way, Milton Myers, Dianne McIntyre, Kathy Thibodeaux, Jiri Voborsky) and Ad Deum Dance in Texas.
Payne has performed professionally with Leaven Dance Company, Ohio and Lori Belilove & Company, New York. Payne served as adjunct faculty at Kent State University, taught at Ohio Dance Festival, and choreographed for The University of Akron. She began the Living Fountain Dance Company and directed it from 1993 – 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 Payne’s direction Living Fountain Dance Company custom-designed dance, theater, visual art, and music education programs for SMHA, 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 Co. middle schools). In 2014 Payne performed with Dr. Cynthia Krenzel-Dogett and concert pianist, Stefanos Spanopoulos, in Assisi, Italy. Before coming to Wayne Center for the Arts, Payne produced 53 dance and multimedia concerts, including five live music projects and three accompanied by symphony.