Jill Rhiannon Payne
Ballet & Lyrical
Jill comes to LVSD with a great variety of dance education, teaching and experience. This dynamic woman has studied with professionals from the Oregon Ballet Theater, as well as the founders of the Tatar Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet in Kazan, Russia. She has also studied with ballet masters Boris Rachminin and Natalia Zolotova of the Bolshoi Ballet. A choreographer since her teen years, Jill has also performed as Sugar Plum and many other roles in the Nutcracker, and a variety of other solo and corps work many other ballets including Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Cinderella, and Don Quixote. Jill has been teaching all levels of ballet to children and adults for over 20 years starting with Lynn Marchant Dance Academy in McMinnville. She has also shared her experience with Newberg’s Professional Dance Center, Gallery Ballet and Tap in McMinnville, and has been with LVSD for over 10 years. Jill’s dance objective is “to overcome challenges and be able to be creative while assisting others in conquering their own challenges and finding their own creativity”.
Irene has had a strong interest in dance from an early age attending her first ballet class at the age of 6. She has had many varied dance experiences including 6 years of dance team.
She was one of only three 7th graders accepted on to the Wy’East Jr. High dance team and went on to be a member of the ‘Superior’ rated, award winning Mt. View Varsity dance team, which placed 1st in state all 3 years of participation. She has performed at multiple large events including: half time for the Super Sonics, Walt Disney World, the Fiesta Bowl Parade, the Starlight parade, and the Jr. Rose parade. Her performance experiences include dancing with ballet groups at the Dance Festival Northwest, and numerous yearly studio productions. She has also performed professionally with the Hot Jazz Dancers as part of Cabaret Allumage. She was able to attend 3 years at the Thunderbird Dance Camp working with many choreographers including Mary Hunt. She feels fortunate to have studied ballet under: Janice Staley, Patty Millitich, Alan Coakley, and Jill Payne.