ISU Dance Faculty and Staff
Director of Dance; Assistant Professor
- B.A. State University of New York at Plattsburgh
- M.S.W. Case Western University
- M.F.A. The College at Brockport
Kathleen Diehl Bio
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 www.kdiehldanceworks.com.
Dr. Marcia Lloyd
Professor Emeritus of Dance
- B.S. University of Central Missouri
- M.A. University of Wyoming
- Ed.D. University of Utah
Marcia Lloyd Bio
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.
Dr. Lauralee Zimmerly
Senior Lecturer Composition, Modern, Pilates, Theory
- B.A. University of the Pacific
- M.A. University of California, Los Angeles
- Ed.D. Idaho State University
Lauralee Zimmerly Bio
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.
Adjunct Dance Instructor
Kolissa Manchan Bio
Tiffin Bennett Bio
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 Bio
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.
- B.A. Brigham Young University-Idaho
Kathleen Diehl Bio
Chelsea Archibald has been dancing, studying, competing, teaching, performing, and choreographing ballroom dance (in both couple and team styles) for over 20 years. She is an accomplished professional ballroom dance competitor and coach, with years of experience dancing, teaching, competing, and
coaching competitors in local, national, and worldwide venues.
She began dancing ballroom at age 12, and immediately fell in love with the sport and art of it. Soon thereafter she began competing in International Latin, Standard, American Rhythm, and Smooth. While in high school, she danced on Idaho Ballroom Academy’s dance team, which placed 2nd nationally and
2nd world-wide within the Latin Team Category. During this time, she also trained and competed extensively with her dance partner and at 17 years old won 1 st Place in Youth International Latin and 5th place in Amateur International Latin at the BYU Dancesport Championship. Thereafter, she consistently ranked from 1st to 5th Place in national and state competitions. Due to having won several national competitions, she started teaching private lessons while still in high school and was also an Idaho State Champion for three consecutive years.
Chelsea continued studying ballroom dance at BYU-Idaho. During her freshman and sophomore years she danced on BYU-Idaho’s tour team, performing and traveling to Central America and Canada and placing 1st in the Latin Team Category in Canada several times. She also assisted the team dance instructor as a teacher’s assistant in classes and dance camps, was in charge of choreography and performance of a ballroom team, continued teaching private lessons, and passed all of her medals exams in the Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. For her internship, she taught at an Arthur Murray Dance Studio in California for four months. Chelsea then took a several months-long break from school to dance as a professional performer and dance teacher on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. She then moved to Salt Lake City, Utah and began teaching, choreographing, performing and competing professionally. While in Salt Lake City, she taught ballroom dance classes at the University of Utah as an adjunct instructor and started their ballroom dance team program, which ultimately grew to include 3 teams. Her responsibilities included choreography, organization and booking of performances, and supervision of tryouts, costumes, shoes, makeup, and hair.
A couple of years later, Chelsea re-enrolled at BYU-Idaho to obtain her BA in Dance Pedagogy, emphasizing in Ballroom and Ballet. During those two years she maintained a professional ballroom dance career in Salt Lake City on the weekends, studied for, tested, and obtained her DVIDA dance certifications up through the silver level, judged local and state-wide competitions in Idaho and Utah, and performed every two months with her Pro-Am students. Her senior thesis discussed and compared the differences between the DVIDA (Dance Vision International Dance Association) and ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers and Dancing) syllabi.
Throughout Chelsea’s career she has sought out the best coaching and has been fortunate to study ballroom choreography, performance, competition, and social dance techniques under Eduardo Santos, Shawn Fisher, Victor Kanevsky, James & Jaana Kunitz, Ron Montez, Jean-Marc Genereux & France Mousseau, Andrea Hale, Rick Robinson, Melissa Juke, Ashly DelGrosso and others. Chelsea considers herself fortunate to call Tone Jacobsen a dear friend and has been influenced by her through their friendship.
Chelsea is thrilled to be part of the ISU dance program and looks forward to utilizing her talents, skills, and experience to help the program flourish and succeed. She currently lives in Idaho Falls, ID with her husband and toddler and is the owner of Dynasty Ballroom.