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Dr. Marcia Lloyd

Professor Emeritus of Dance

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  • B.S. University of Central Missouri
  • M.A. University of Wyoming
  • Ed.D. University of Utah

Dr. Marcia Lloyd is an Idaho dance educator and an accomplished writer for dance who travels the world sharing and teaching dance education. She has published many articles about dance education including “Pioneering dance education: Forging a pathway for the future” (in the book “Perspectives on Dance Education” in 2017). Her book “Creative dance: A manual for teaching all ages” was published in 2014 by the University of Malaya Press in Kuala Lumpur. She taught at ISU for 25 years before retiring in 2001. She taught many forms of dance, but specialized in creative dance. She created a dance minor at ISU that includes dance technique, theory and dance education courses. She was also a visiting professor of dance at several Malaysian universities from 1977 to 2015 and was a Fulbright professor of dance to the University of Malaya and Universiti Sains Malaysia in 1999. In 2017, Lloyd received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Dance Education Organization. 

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Kathleen Diehl

Assistant Professor

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  • B.A. State University of New York at Plattsburgh
  • M.S.W. Case Western University 
  • M.F.A. The College at Brockport

Kathy Diehl began her professional dance career as a founding company member of Rochester City Ballet under the artistic direction of Timothy Draper. Diehl has danced with Bill Evans Dance Company, Present Tense Dance, Biodance, and Anne Burnidge and Dancers. She has performed works by Larry Keigwin, Mariah Maloney, Marina Mascarell, Paul Selwyn Norton, Doug Varone, Mark Morris, Heidi Latsky, Eran Hanlon, and José Limón and has appeared as a guest artist with various freelance artists. Diehl has choreographed works for several universities and has presented work at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, American Dance Guild Festival, WAXworks, RADfest, Rochester Contemporary Dance Collective, Fort Worth Contemporary Dance Festival, and others. She has been on faculty in both full and part-time appointments at Cleveland State University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Webster University, The College at Brockport, Nazareth College, and University of Rochester.

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Dr. Lauralee Zimmerly

Senior Lecturer Composition, Modern, Pilates, Theory

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  • B.A. University of the Pacific
  • M.A. University of California, Los Angeles
  • Ed.D. Idaho State University


Lauralee Zimmerly is a Dance Educator/Artist who uses teaching and research as a natural extension of her love of choreographing and performing. She hails from California where she received a masters degree in dance choreography and performance from UCLA. Her doctoral degree is in educational leadership with an emphasis in instructional technology from ISU. She has had the privilege in her education to train with acclaimed artists and educators Alwin Nikolais, Bella Lewitsky, Contraband, Tandy Beal, Tim Wengerd; at UCLA with Marion Scott, Carol Scothorn, Alma Hawkins, Allegra Fuller-Snyder; and with her longtime colleague Dr. Marcia Lloyd.  She was honored by The National Dance Association (NDA) as the 2011 University Dance Educator of the Year and was invited as visiting lecturer at Universiti of Malaya Cultural Arts Center for the summer of 2013. Dr. Zimmerly has been an artist-in-residence for the San Joaquin County school district, a member of New Dance Company in Stockton, CA, a choreographer and costumer for South Stockton Community Theatre, a founding member of Contemporary Dance Alliance in Albuquerque and a performer for Sor Maria Productions in Santa Fe. In Pocatello, she has worked with Kinetikos Dance Alliance, STB Dance, Co-Exhibit, Brindusa-Moore Ballet, EXTEND Dance, as well as working independently as a choreographer, teacher, and performer.  She is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Theatre and Dance at ISU where she has served for eighteen years.


Sergiu Brindusa

Sergiu Brindusa

Instructor of Dance Ballet

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  • Floria Capsali Choreography Institute, Bucharest, Romania
  • The Kirov Academy of Ballet, Washington, D.C.

Sergiu Brindusa received his earliest training in his native Romania at the Institute of Music and Choreography in Bucharest. Entering the United States at age 14 to attend the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C., on full artistic and academic scholarship, he graduated with the highest artistic achievement diploma. Brindusa danced on numerous occasions alongside stars of the Kirov Ballet, and in 1998 joined Orlando Ballet where he danced for eight seasons. His versatility was evident in his leading roles in many classical and contemporary ballets: Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Prince Florimund in The Sleeping Beauty, Prince/Cavalier in The Nutcracker, Count Albrecht in Giselle, Solor in La Bayadere, Franz in Coppelia and many others.

Brindusa was twice a finalist at the world-renowned International Ballet Competition — in 2000 in New York City and in 2002 in Jackson, Mississippi. He is privileged to have trained and worked with many famous artists of the dance world including Fernando Bujones, Peter Stark, Alla Sizova, Oleg Vinogradov, Anatoli Kucheruk, Melissa Hayden, Robert North, Peter Anastos, Deborah Wingert, Karena Brock, Yan Chen, Winthrop Corey, Rasta Thomas, Sascha Radetzky and many more.

Meagan Brockett

Meagan Brockett

Adjunct Dance Instructor

Meagan Brockett has been dancing for 22 years, and has recently found a new passion for the aerial arts. She has had the opportunity to perform at major public events locally, regionally, and nationally including the JRM Gala and the College of Arts & Letters New Year's Eve Gala. She graduated from ISU in 2015 with a degree in Exercise Science. She was a member of the ISU Bengal Dancers for five years and is now an assistant coach. Brockett has competed several times at the national level and has been a part of many championship titles. She has a passional for the performing arts and working with children. She has taught dance for ten years and is always inspired by her students. She has choreographed musicals, marching bands shows, dance team routines, cheer routines, acrobatic routines, and countless solos. Brockett also enjoys the athletic component to dance and acrobatics, and is a certified personal trainer and the head cheerleading coach at Century High School. 

Kolissa Manchan

Adjunct Dance Instructor

Prior to coaching the ISU Bengal Dancers, Kolissa Manchan grew up dancing and later teaching in American Falls, Idaho. She trained in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, pointe, drill, clog and hip-hop. Her training also included several camps and workshops such as IDAA Dance Camp in Twin Falls, Caravan, Showstopper, and STARS Conventions. She got her B.A. in Communications while attending ISU and dancing with Danson and as one of the first members of the Bengal Dancers team.  She was co-captain her senior year. 
In 2001, Manchan moved to California where she worked for The Disneyland Resort. Over the years, she has worked in Characters, Parades, Guest Talent Programs and Stage Manager departments and Adventure Guide with Adventures by Disney. She was blessed to travel all along the U.S. Coast, Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand performing and experiencing the world on the Mouse’s dime. Manchan was a graduate of the prestigious Emerging Leaders Training Program at the Resort where she later Stage Managed Disney’s Electrical Parade and other shows in the Resort such as Club Buzz, Aladdin’s Oasis, Block Party Bash and Pixar Play Parade. She also worked as a Head Auditioner and Trainer for the Character departments where she ran auditions and training sessions. 
Manchan got married in 2009 and moved back to Idaho to raise a family and continue working with performers and dancers as the Bengal Dancer coach. She is now in her 9th season as the ISU Bengal Dancer Head Coach.  She loves helping dancers push themselves to achieve their best while enjoying a family environment.    

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