Summer Arts & Science Intensive


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Want to bring out the inner genius in your child?

Here’s a great opportunity! 

Join us at SASI EARTH 5-day   Summer Arts & Science Intensive with  earth

inspired activities that will fill your days

 with dance, music, visual art, creative writing/ poetry, and acting.

A camp that offers students an exciting opportunity to explore the world through myriad art forms  with STEM

SASI camp serves as a comprehensive learning experience., with a global education

Guest Artist Jimmy Payne Jr, an

outstanding tap dancer and on the dance faculty at Columbia College, Chicago with our other amazing instructors

Registration is required click below

REGULAR Payments $125 

Early Bird Payment

$100 until May10

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SASI Earth Camp 2021: Instructors

Jimmy Payne, Jr.

Tap dance teacher, choreographer

Jimmy Payne Jr. is a tap dance teacher, choreographer, and performer from Chicago. He began his tap dance lessons at Jimmy Payne School of Dance. His teacher and father was legendary dancer, Jimmy Payne, who taught tap and Afro-Caribbean dance to thousands of dance enthusiasts and professionals for over seventy years. Jimmy Payne Jr. continues the tradition by performing and teaching in Chicago and abroad.


Jimmy has performed at Chicago Jazz Festival, with Jazz legend Von Freeman, with Bill Russo and Chicago Jazz Ensemble, with jazz great Orbert Davis at the Arts Club in Chicago, with jazz singer Lawrence Walden, and with Bradley Williams 21st Century Jazz Review, whom he accompanied on a trip to India for a series of concerts. Performances also include shows at Spurlock Museum, Davis Elkins College, and Hope College where he performed “Jimmy Payne’s Rhythm of Life”, a documentary and stage performance that celebrates the life of Jimmy Payne Sr. For this project Jimmy interviewed tap greats, Lavaughn Robinson, Dr. Prince Spencer, Ludi Jones, and eccentric dancer and entertainer Rudy Horne.

Critics have described Jimmy as "a tap classicist with a composers mind," (Chicago Sun Times) "the real deal," (Maui Times) and the Chicago Tribune referred to him as "smoking virtuosity." 

Jimmy also won an award from Black Theater Alliance for best performance in concert. He currently teaches at Columbia College Chicago and Chicago Public Schools. Jimmy describes his style of tap as traditional tap rooted in rhythm and movement.

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Claudine Cheatem

Playwright, Author and Poet

Who is always excited to meet new young people and introduce them to acting? Me!!!

I am Claudine Cheatem. 


I am a local playwright, author and poet so I have many ways to present the world of theatre and acting so that it will be fun and exciting.


I have worked with students for the past 10 years in different capacities so I know that nothing will build one’s self esteem as quickly as learning a new skill. The arts are a fantastic way to teach and learn a new skill. 


I have always had a love for writing, theatre, and I am playwright, producer, and director.  I currently serve as Manager of Pyramid Theatre, am involved with Gateway Dance Theatre’s ARTivism programs, and work as an Acting instructor for all ages and more.