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Lin Batsheva Kahn

  • lkahn1@depaul.edu​
  • Modern Dance
  • ​​​MLA Dance, Theatre and Communication, Kent State University
    MA Contemporary Dance, Case Western Reserve University
    BFA Modern Dance, University of Illinois Champaign
  • Performance

Lin Batsheva Kahn is a TTS Excellence in Teaching Honoree who teaches modern dance technique, improvisation, and choreography. Her one-of-a-kind course Diversity in Dance: Paradigms Shifting approaches racism, sexism, ageism, and ableism through the lens of dance. She also teaches Chicago Dancing and Creativity and Adversity, an interdisciplinary class about transcending hardship through the arts taught in the Department of Psychology.

Lin has choreographed for dance companies, university dance programs, musical theatre, children's theatre, and Jewish theatre. She has collaborated with actors, poets, and musicians. She choreographed a commissioned piece for Cleveland Contemporary Dance Theater to Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata described as "skillfully crafted" by dance critic Wilma Salisbury of The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Ongoing collaboration with faculty from the DePaul School of Music includes choreography for students with Michael Kozakis' Percussion Ensemble, Michael Lewanski's 20+Ensemble, Harry Silverstein's Opera Theater production of The Fairy Queen and the 1689 Purcell baroque opera Dido and Aeneas, conducted by colleague Dr. Eric Esparza. She choreographed dances for the 2019 Theatre School production of A Dybbuk: Or Between Two Worlds to original music by Ilya Levinson. In 2020 she choreographed DePaul Opera Theater's The Marriage of Figaro.

She was a guest choreographer with Chicago's Project 606 Dance Company and has performed with faculty violinist Olga Kaler, trumpeter Chad McCullough, and cellist Stephen Balderston. Described as a "powerhouse on stage," Lin has danced in work by many professional choreographers. 

An invited guest to Jerusalem where she taught, performed, and set choreography on Miriam Engel and Sergey Shamota from An'gela Dance Company, Lin has created five teaching/performance events where she brings this multicultural couple to campus. Her 2021 virtual Moving Toward Action with Music & Dance was supported by DePaul University's Vincentian Endowment Fund, DePaul's School of Music, The Theatre School, the Jewish United Fund, and community patrons.

Grants for teaching enhancement from DePaul QIC include the University of Hertfordshire in London with dance psychologist Dr. Peter Lovatt, Axis Dance Company in California, and study with Joffrey Ballet Chicago. She gave a faculty workshop Strengthening Creative and Critical Thinking Through Improvisation and was selected to be a faculty mentor for the Teaching and Learning Certificate Program. 

Additional honors include Chicago Jewish News' Jewish Chicagoan of the Year, Today's Chicago Woman magazine's list of 100 Women of Inspiration, Artist Educator of the Year from the Ohio Alliance for Arts in Education, and five Women of Spirit and Action awards from DePaul University. Her Creativity and Adversity​ course was selected and filmed at PBS WTTW as an ELI Talk. With over 4,400 views, the inspiring talk includes an excerpt of her choreography by two Chicago dance professionals. Lin's work expressing themes of human significance has been seen worldwide, while her inclusive university teaching has impacted students across the United States and in countries including Egypt, Peru, India, Hungary, Korea, China, Uzbekistan, and Singapore.

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