"Along with teaching dance at Knox College I serve as the director for Midwest Dance Group in Galesburg, Illinois. My interests in the dance field revolve around making community connections through teaching and performing dance in partnership with local organizations. The work and research that I do in the local community creates opportunities for students to further develop their dance experiences through internship and independent study. At the start of 2009, I created Dance Immersion, a Dance Intensive program for Galesburg youth in collaboration with the Galesburg Civic Art Center. Outside of the local community, I am a recognized artist on the Illinois Arts Council Arts-In-Education Artist Roster.
As the coordinator for the Center for Community Service at Knox College I work with students, clubs and organizations, faculty and staff to create and maintain volunteer opportunities through out the year. Our service projects allow us to work with local, regional, National and International organizations."
M.F.A., 1998, Smith College.
B.A., 1996, City College of New York.
Modern dance (Horton Technique), jazz dance (concert jazz styles and musical theatre), ballet, theory and improvisation, dance composition, College 4 Kids and Creating Community Dance Classes.
Horton Pedagogy Workshop at The Ailey School in New York City travel and professional development awarded through Knox College 2006 and 2007.
"Venus Envy Festival," Performer, Bucktown Center for the Arts, Davenport, Iowa, 2010.
Art in the Park, Performer, Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg, Illinois, 2010.
Putnam County Spelling Bee, Choreographer, Orpheum Theatre, Galesburg, Illinois, 2010.
Choral Dynamics, Choreographer, Orpheum Theatre, Galesburg, Illinois, 2010.
"Dives and Lazarus", Choreographer, Contemporary Dance Oklahoma University of Oklahoma
School of Dance, Visions and Voices Dance Concert, 2009.
"Ringing in the Season", Resident Choreographer, Choral Dynamics, Galesburg, Illinois, 2009.
"Let's Move It", Midwest Dance Group with Boys and Girls Club Performance, Knox College Harbach Theatre, 2009.
"Free Fluttering" and "Dives and Lazarus", Midwest Dance Group and Dance Immersion performance, Art in the Park, Galesburg, Illinois, 2009.
"Underground," David Dorfman Dance, Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, 2007.
Movement Response - Midwest Dance Group, Peoria Contemporary Art Center, Peoria, Illinois, 2006.
Arts Career Day - Midwest Dance Group, 2006.
Journeys - Midwest Dance Group, 2005.
Choreographic collaboration, with J. Lindberg. Jeremy Lindberg Dance Collaboration, Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois.
Hamilton Wings Project Journey Elgin Community College, Elgin, IL - 2006 and 2007
Midwest Dance Group Dance Guest Artist, Maybe Harmful, University of Northern Iowa, UNI Dance Concert 2006, and ACDF 2007.
"Straight Up." Midwest Dance Group Guest Artist, UMM Dance Concert, University of Minnesota Morris, Morris, Minnesota.
With H. Hellenga, Steele School District 205, Galesburg, Illinois.
University of Oklahoma, Norman, 2005.
Campus & Community Involvement
Altrusa International Volunteer Services, Galesburg, Illinois.
Galesburg Civic Art Center Art in the Park Committee, Galesburg, Illinois.
Galesburg Railroad Days Committee Member, Galesburg, Illinois.
Illinois Arts Council Arts-In-Education Artist Roster.
Illinois Arts Council Residency Program Advisory Panel.
Knox County Rides Transit Partnership Group Chair of Education Committee, Galesburg, Illinois.
Leadership Greater Galesburg Class XIV Graduate.
University of Illinois Extension Advisory Board Secretary, Galesburg, Illinois.
Galesburg Public Library Midwest Dance Group Lecture Demonstration, Galesburg, Illinois, 2009.
First Presbyterian Church After-School Program, Galesburg, Illinois, 2009.
Community Preschool - Family Dance Night, Galesburg, Illinois, 2009.
Movement Classes at Steele Elementary School, Galesburg, Illinois, 2007 - present.
Heart of Illinois Big Brothers Big Sisters, Galesburg, Illinois, 2007 - present.
Knox County Boys and Girls Club, Galesburg, Illinois, 2007 - present.
What Students Say
"Kathleen is a vibrant teacher with a genuine interest in helping you succeed not only as a movement artist but also as a respectful, motivated citizen of the world. She pushes you towards your highest potential in both creatve & technical movemement as well as writing skills & creative thought with a remarkable level of dedication; simply put, Kathleen is a powerhouse with your best interests at heart."
-Kyla Tully, Self Designed Dance Studies Major
Leading up to a worldwide event -- Gun Control Theatre Action Week, May 27 through June 2 -- a play by Knox College theatre professor Neil Blackadder is selected for a new collection, "24 Gun Control Plays."
Seniors Megan Beney and Eva Marley spoke at the Central States Anthropology Society. Beney's topic was the musical nature of speech directed at infants, and Marley discussed social media sites and social movements.
Rana Tahir, a double major in creative writing and political science, wrote dozens of poems and created 29 paintings after interviewing Kuwaiti residents about the 1990 Iraqi occupation.