KDiehl Danceworks

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I have been a dance educator since 1995 when I joined the faculty at The Timothy M. Draper Center for Dance Education. While teaching was only part time for several years because of my full time work as a clinical social worker, everything changed for me in 2006. Through a series of events, I was offered an adjunct lecturer position at The College of Brockport and discovered that my true calling was teaching dance in higher education. After being accepted into the MFA program in Performance and Choreography at the The College of Brockport that same year, I received the prestigious graduate teaching assistantship for all three years of the program. This offered me the opportunity to immediately begin teaching a variety of courses for dance majors, minors, and general education students. Upon my graduation in 2010, I was offered adjunct positions at The College at Brockport, Hobart William Smith Colleges, and the University of Rochester. In 2011, I accepted a one semester Visiting Professor position at Webster University in St. Louis. Upon returning to Rochester, I began my one year appointment as Visiting Professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. Since that time, I have been an Assistant Professor at Cleveland State University, a full time lecturer at The University of Rochester, and an Adjunct Professor and Lecturer at The College at Brockport and Nazareth College. I have taught courses in modern, ballet, jazz, world dance, dance appreciation, composition, variations, yoga, dance history, experiential anatomy, dance pedagogy, and somatics within a variety of diverse programs. In Fall 2017, I began my appointment as Assistant Professor and Director of Dance in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Idaho State University in Pocatello, ID.


While living in Idaho was not necessarily part of my plan, I have enjoyed the opportunity to discover inspiration in unexpected places. I appreciate sharing my work here as creating a sense of community and collaborative energy have become hallmarks of my pedagogical approach and creative process.  I strive to contribute to an atmosphere that celebrates personal uniqueness, possibility, diverse learning styles, and curiosity and hope that I have facilitated growth in a variety of ways.  As a certified Evans teacher, I am honored to share the work of Bill Evans and his technique that is rooted in Laban Movement Analysis and Bartenieff fundamentals. Through an ongoing process of growth and discovery, I have developed an eclectic style influenced by Evans, release technique, Limon, classical ballet, yoga, pilates, and other urban and cultural dance forms.  In all of my classes, students are encouraged to tune-in, notice, and ultimately realize and fully experience the power of our kinesthetic sense in regards to personal expression, communication, and relationship to self, other, and community. Whether I am taking an online course or attending a summer intensive, I would consider myself a life-long learner. At this point, I am very invested in my ongoing work with somatic practices and am on the path towards completing my certification in Laban Movement Analysis in January 2020 through Integrated Movement Studies. I have also begun the process of becoming certified in Shin Somatics through the East West Somatics Institute with Sondra Fraleigh.


Guest Teaching/Presentations


During the past two years, I have had the pleasure of offering master classes at several schools/studios in Idaho including: Alliance Academy, The Dance Factory, The College of Southern Idaho, The College of Idaho, The Fine Arts Academy (Boise), Idaho Arts Charter School (Boise), Footlight Dance Center (Hailey), Century High School, and Extendance. The following is a list of additional guest teaching and presentations at the regional and national level:


Emerging Pathways Within Somatic Movement and Dance Education

NDEO special topic conference in partnership with ISMETA

June 21-23, 2019

Presentation: "Somatic Ballet: Developing Awareness of Self, Other, and Community"

Gibney Dance, New York, NY


Connections, Knowledge, and Leadership: A New Era in Dance Education

NDEO National Conference

October 4-7, 2018

Co-presentation: "Cultivating Empathy to Create Connection"

Hyatt Regency, La Jolla, CA


Deepening through Dialogue: Effective Methods of Feedback in Dance Education and Beyond

IDEO State Conference

September 15, 2018

Presentation: "Somatic Practices and Technique class"

College of Southern Idaho, Twin Falls, ID


American College Dance Association Regional Conference

"Ballet Flow"

March 13-16, 2019

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT


Somatic Dance Conference and Performance Festival

Co-Presentation: "Cultivating Empathy to Create Connection"

July 11, 2018

Hobart William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY


American College Dance Association Regional Conference

"Contemporary Phrasework and Movement Exchange"

March 24-27, 2018

University of Colorado Boulder, CO


Bill Evans Teacher Institute and Bill Evans Dancer Institute

July 4-10, 2018

Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY


Bill Evans Teacher Institute and Bill Evans Dancer Institute

July 9-15, 2017

Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY


Ohio Dance Festival

April 29, 2017

Ballet Met, Columbus, OH


Timothy M. Draper Center for Dance Education

Summer Program Guest Teacher, July 2016

Rochester, New York


Somatic Dance Conference and Performance Festival

July 14-17, 2016

Workshop Presenter: "Partnering the Space: A journey from inner to outer and back again"

Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY


Timothy M. Draper Center for Dance Education

Summer Intensive Guest Teacher (2015)

Rochester, New York


Bill Evans Teacher Institute

July 6-14, 2015

Dean College, Franklin Massachusetts


Inspire Dance Festival

February 2015

University of Rochester


Movement and Dance Festival

March 2015

Nazareth College


Bill Evans Teacher Intensive

July 26-30, 2014

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, Texas

Guest teacher: Ballet and Repertory


Movement and Dance Festival
March 29-30, 2014
Nazareth College
Contemporary phrasework and yoga


American College Dance Festival, Northeast
The College at Brockport
March 13-14, 2014
Modern Technique and Contemporary Ballet

Inspire Dance
February 17, 2014
University of Rochester
Contemporary Technique

University of Rochester
September 2, 2013
Modern/contemporary dance master class

Hochstein School of Music and Dance
July 3-August 16, 2013
Contemporary Guest Artist Series

Movement and Dance Festival
February 17, 2013
Contemporary Phrasework
Nazareth College


Drumcliffe Dance Studio

December 2012- December 2013

Community Contemporary Classes