KDiehl Danceworks

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, pointe, movement analysis, world dance, dance appreciation, composition, variations, yoga/pilates, dance conditioning, 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. In January 2020, I completed my Certification in Laban Movement Analysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals(CLMA) 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 and recently became a Certified Wellness Coach through Catalyst Coaching Institute. This certification reflects my continued commitment not only to dancer wellness, but also to understanding behavioral change and self-determination theory.

Guest Teaching/Master Classes

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 select guest teaching and master classes:

University of Nebraska, Kearney

Guest Artist Residency

October 22-26, 2019

Northwest Regional American College Dance Association Conference

March 13-16, 2019

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Northwest Regional American College Dance Association Conference

March 24-27, 2018

University of Colorado Boulder, CO

Bill Evans Teacher Institute and Bill Evans Dancer Institute

Guest faculty, 2014-2018

Geneva, NY, Fort Worth, TX, and Franklin, MA

Young Choreographers Brown Bag Series

Guest artist, 2017

Hathaway Brown School, Cleveland, OH.

Ohio Dance Festival

April 29, 2017

Ballet Met, Columbus, OH

Timothy M. Draper Center for Dance Education

Summer Program Guest Teacher, 2014-2018

Rochester, New York

Inspire Dance Festival

Master class, 2013-2016

University of Rochester, Program of Movement and Dance, Rochester, NY.

Movement and Dance Festival

Master class, 2014-2016

Nazareth College, Department of Theatre and Dance, Rochester, NY.

Northeast Regional American College Dance Association Conference

March 13-14, 2014

The College at Brockport, NY

Hochstein School of Music and Dance

July 3-August 16, 2013

Contemporary Guest Artist Series