Meet Hoke Payne: A New Step; Joining The Dance Canvas Team

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Hoke Payne

I am excited and honored to be joining the Dance Canvas team for the 2019-2020 season! I have already met incredible and talented people here and I am sure I will meet many more.

This season I am interning with Dance Canvas through my university, Kennesaw State, and have already had the privilege of working with this great team over the summer through their summer internship. In general, my job is to assist other members of the organization with their various administrative tasks throughout the season. I am also in charge of organizing Dance Canvas’ immense database.  I am lucky to have been given the opportunity to work this closely with professionals in the dance industry as I emerge as a new artist in Atlanta.

I began dancing when I was nine years old in a very small studio in Toccoa, Georgia doing competition dancing.  I had no idea, at the time, that I would end up pursuing dance or even care enough about dance to continue doing it my whole life. Dance quickly became one of the most important aspects of my life. Choosing this career path has been an intimidating goal, however it continues to be incredibly fulfilling.

Dance Canvas has already helped by giving me a look into the professional world, through a perspective that I would not have been able to acquire elsewhere. They create an open environment where it is encouraged to ask questions and reach out for help when needed. Dance Canvas staff provides mentorship, which aids me in building the experience and confidence to eventually join the professional dance community here in Atlanta upon graduation next semester.

This semester I will be preforming in Kennesaw State University’s Slang in an original work by Choreographer Andrea Knowlton titled This Land.

I am very much looking forward to seeing where my journey continues from here. I also look forward to being able to learn from these incredible people and artists within Dance Canvas.

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