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ISU Dance Faculty and Staff

Kathy Diehl

Kathleen Diehl

Director of Dance; Assistant Professor

(208) 282-6143

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

Kathy Diehl, MFA, MSW, began her professional dance career as a founding company member of Rochester City Ballet under the artistic direction of Timothy Draper. Diehl earned a Master of Social Work in 1995 from Case Western Reserve University and a Master of Fine Arts in Dance in 2010 from The College at Brockport. From 2007 to 2014, Diehl was a member of the Bill Evans Dance Company where she had the opportunity to tour and perform at the world-renowned Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. She has also danced with Present Tense Dance, Biodance, Treeline Danceworks, and Anne Burnidge and Dancers and has performed works by Larry Keigwin, Doug Varone, Mariah Maloney, Marina Mascarell, Paul Selwyn Norton, Jose Limon, Mark Morris, Heidi Latsky, and others. 

Diehl began teaching in higher education in 2007 and 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. In 2017, Diehl began her appointment as Assistant Professor of Dance and Director of Dance at Idaho State University. As a Certified Evans Teacher (CET), Diehl has continued to develop her work with integrating somatic practices and dance pedagogy and has been on faculty for the Bill Evans Summer Institute since 2014. She has completed certifications in yoga and pilates and recently completed Level One of Shin Somatics. In 2019, Diehl will begin the process of becoming a Certified Movement Analyst and Somatic Movement Educator through Integrated Movement Studies in Salt Lake City, Utah.

In 2019, her research proposal Creativity, Community, and Wellness: An Exploration of the Relationship between Phenomenology, Dance, and Laban Movement Analysis was funded through the ISU Office of Research. This proposal relates to Diehl’s ongoing research interests that focus primarily on dance pedagogy, collaborative creative processes, development of the self, creativity, and kinesthetic empathy. In December 2019, her paper, “Collaborative Discoveries: Trust, Empathy, and Meaning” will be published in the special topics journal, Dance Education in Practice. This work relates to a previous paper entitled “The Mirror and Ballet Training: Do you know how much the mirror’s presence is really affecting you?” published in the Journal of Dance Education, April-June 2016. Diehl has presented her research at the National Dance Education Organization Conference(2018, 2015), the Somatic Dance Conference and Performance Festival (2018, 2016), Idaho Dance Education Conference (2018), Body Mind Centering Conference (2017), and the Somatic Movement and Dance Education conference (2019). 

As a choreographer, Diehl has set works within several university dance departments and has presented work nationally and internationally at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, American Dance Guild Festival, WAXworks, RADfest, American College Dance Association, Rochester Contemporary Dance Collective, Body Mind Centering Conference, Fort Worth Contemporary Dance Festival, Body Logic Festival, and others. In March 2019, her piece, Inner Workings, and student Amanda Stubblefield’s work, To the Core, were both selected for the Gala Concert at the Northwest Regional American College Dance Association Conference. For more information, videos, and photos, please visit


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Dr. Marcia Lloyd

Professor Emeritus of Dance

(208) 282-2907

  • 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. 

Laura Lee

Dr. Lauralee Zimmerly

Senior Lecturer Composition, Modern, Pilates, Theory

(208) 282-2907

  • 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.


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.    
Tiffin Bennett

Tiffin Bennett

Adjunct Instructor

Tiffin Bennett received her degree in Dance Education from Southern Utah University, and danced professionally for eight years with Burch Mann's American Folk Ballet. She then turned her attention to teaching full-time, which she has done for over 25 years. She has recently received certifications for both Barre Fitness, and Progressing Ballet Technique. With her experience in Ballet, Tap, and various Folk and Ballroom styles, she has taught for major schools in Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Boise, Eagle, and more recently here in Pocatello. While in Boise she was the Director of the Lower School for Ballet Idaho Academy of Dance, and subsequently performed the same duties for Eagle Performing Arts Center. Her teaching philosophy has always been to focus on the student as an individual—perceiving the gifts, needs, and passion of each dancer—and then work outward from there. There are now hundreds of dancers—both professional and amateur—who have benefitted from her skills and that philosophy.  ​

Amanda Stubblefield

Adjunct Instructor

Amanda Stubblefield began her training first at Brindusa-Moore Ballet Academy (BMBA) in classical ballet and pointe under the direction of Sergiu and Beth. During her time at BMBA, she competed for two years in the Youth American Grand Prix and performed principal roles with the studio including Odile, Sugar Plum Fairy, Denial in an original work by Constantine Apetri, to name a few. Amanda continued her dance training at the university level, graduating suma cum laude with a BA in Dance: Choreography and Performance from Idaho State University in May 2019. At ISU, she expanded her technical repertory to include modern, jazz, contemporary and character styles in addition to continuing her classical ballet training. Amanda has had the opportunity to study with Kathleen Diehl, Lauralee Zimmerly, Sergiu Brindusa, Sheena Phelps, Aaron Wood, Molly Jorgenson, and guest artist Bill Evans. In addition, through various ISU guest residencies and attended summer programs, she has trained with the Northwest Dance Project, Falcon Dance Company, SALT Contemporary Dance, LEDBoise, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Amanda has performed in numerous Dance Faculty Concerts, Idaho Dance Education Organization and American College Dance Association conferences as well as performed with Idaho State University’s iMove Dance Company (2017-2018) and Extendance Company (2018-2019). In 2018, Amanda presented her work, Threaded, at the ACDA Northwest Conference in Boulder, CO. Most recently, she presented her work, To the Core, at the ACDA 2019 Northwest Conference in Salt Lake City, UT, where her choreography was selected to be performed in the conference’s prestigious Gala Concert. In addition to her academic studies, Amanda received her certification in Pilates with Physical Mind Institute under the direction of Dr. Lori Head. She has taught for local Pocatello studios including Brindusa-Moore Ballet Academy, Alliance Academy of Dance, and Mind Your Body studio in ballet, Pilates, and conditioning. Currently, she is a guest instructor and choreographer in the Idaho region and continues to perform as a company member of KDiehl Dance Works.