Dance Artist Ursula Payne spent a week teaching technique classes in contemporary and jazz dance to Alfred students and community members. Fourteen AU students performed an exciting, highly kinetic original work titled These Days in the Alfred University Dance Theater Concert in February.
Ursula Payne is the Artistic Director of Soul Deep Creations and has received two choreographic fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts. Her solo choreography has been presented nationally and internationally in venues such as Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Jacob’s Pillow Inside Out series, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Joyce SoHo, The Dance Place, Veracruz, Mexico, Monaco Danses Dances Forum, Monte Carlo. Her ensemble work has been commissioned for the National Taiwan University Dance Festival in Taipei, Taiwan. She has danced with Dianne McIntyre at BAM, National Black Arts Festival in ATL, in the film “The Beloved”, and she was the Co-Artistic Director of Mills and Payne Dance based in New York from 1995-2000. Payne is a Professor of Dance at Slippery Rock University and is on faculty at the highly acclaimed American Dance Festival in North Carolina.