Who's Who in MoDE

Project Director

Karen Kaufmann is a professor of dance at The University of Montana. She has worked in the field of dance education for over 30 years, as a teacher, choreographer, performer, and author.  Professor Kaufmann was recently honored with the 2011 National Dance Association’s Scholar/Artist Award and her lecture was published in JOPERD (May 2011). She is the Director of the Creative Pulse, a summer graduate program for teachers in arts education. Professor Kaufmann delivered the keynote address at the National Dance Association; Dance Pedagogy for the 21st Century Conference in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (2006) and her address was published in Focus on Dance Pedagogy:  The Evolving Art of Teaching Excellence (2010).  She is the author of Inclusive Creative Movement and Dance (Human Kinetics), a textbook for classroom teachers on teaching dance to classrooms with mixed abilities and has published eight journal articles on dance in education. Professor Kaufmann was awarded the 2009 Distinguished Faculty Award by the University of Montana’s College of Visual and Performing Arts for her work spearheading dance in Montana schools.


Dance Educators

Jordan Dehline graduated from the University of Montana in 2008 with a BFA in Dance Education and Choreography/Performance. While at UM, Ms. Dehline received the Theatre/Dance Talent Scholarship, the 2008 Outstanding Senior in Dance Award, and an Undergraduate Research Award. She performed as a company member with Headwaters Dance Company, the CoMotion Dance Project, and Plateau Ballet Repertory Theatre of Washington, and currently dances with Bare Bait Dance. Ms. Dehline currently teaches in Missoula County Public Schools as part of the Montana Model Dance Education Program (MoDE), Ballet Arts Academy, and is adjunct faculty at UM.

Joy French Joy French has happily returned to Missoula after completing her Masters of Fine Arts the University of Colorado-Boulder. Joy has a broad background in multiple dance forms (from jazz, to African, to ballet) and integrates them all into her dynamic teaching style. As both an award winning filmmaker and choreographer, her creative work lives both on film and stage. Joy is honored to be teaching again for MoDE as well as at the Univ. of Montana and the Missoula's Downtown Dance Collective. For more information, find Joy at www.joyfrench.com.
Emily Feller graduated from the University of Montana in 2008 with a BFA in Dance Education and Choreography/Performance. During her time at UM, she was fortunate to have many different choreographing and performing opportunities, but her favorite was being a member of The CoMotion Dance Project which brought with it the gift of touring dance around Montana. Who would have thought that her final performance, at Bigfork Elementary, would be at the very school where she would serve as a MoDE dance educator a few years later! Integrating dance with core curriculum has been incredibly rewarding for Mrs. Feller, who is deeply committed to exploring how dance be taught to students for academic learning.
Jennifer Walker Wyatt