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Dance professor Kathleen Diehl publishes article about collaboration in choreography

August 20, 2020

The journal Dance Education in Practice has published an article by dance professor Kathleen Diehl, entitled “Collaborative Discoveries: Trust, Empathy, and Meaning.”
In the article, Diehl explores how empathy, trust and meaning making interact in the relationship between choreographer and student participant. The article is a reflection of the intersection of her creative scholarship and pedagogy, Diehl said, and is especially relevant in today’s social climate.
“Collaborative Discoveries” references the experiences of several student participants, who collaborated with Diehl on a choreographic work, performed it and shared their thoughts and feelings as part of an assignment for the course.
In February, Diehl collaborated with 45 participants and several guest teachers for the Body and Soul Festival at Idaho State. The event, funded by the Cultural Events Committee, provided a day of free classes in dance, movement therapy, yoga and nutrition to the public.