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Lin Batsheva Kahn

  • 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 created and teaches Diversity in Dance: Paradigms ShiftingChicago Dancing; and Modern Dance courses at The Theatre School; and Creativity and Adversity, an interdisciplinary course about transcending hardship through the Arts in the Department of Psychology. Vast choreography for dance companies, university dance programs, musical theater, children's theater, Jewish theater, collaboration with actors, poets and musicians, self-produced and women's concerts includes a commissioned piece for Cleveland Contemporary Dance Theater to Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata described as "skillfully crafted" by dance critic Wilma Salisbury, The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Collaboration with faculty from DePaul School of Music includes choreography on students to Fractalia with Michael Kozakis’ Percussion Ensemble, Dance Patterns with Michael Lewanski’s 20+Ensemble, Harry Silverstein’s Opera Theater production of The Fairy Queen and Dido and Aeneas, a 1689 Purcell baroque opera conducted by Dr. Eric Esparza where her contemporary dance choreography was described as “stunning”. Kahn was an invited guest to Jerusalem where she taught, performed, and set choreography on Miriam Engel and Sergey Shamota from Angela Dance Company. As part of her 5 day President’s Signature Series event "Celebrating Women and Multiculturalism through the Universal Language of Dance," supported by the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity, she will choreograph a piece on them and modern dance students in a 2017 collaborative concert at DePaul. Described as “a powerhouse on stage”, Lin has danced in work by choreographers such as David Dorfman, Clare Porter, Doug Elkins, Tom Smith, Darwin Prioleau, Beverly Blossom, Kathryn Mihelick, Andrea Shearer, John Crawford, Sasha Spielvogel, Marina Walchli, Susan Van Pelt, Denise Gabriel, Lori Belilove, Helen Tamiris and Isadora Duncan. A recent guest choreographer with Chicago’s Project 606 Dance Company, she will create and perform a new solo with jazz faculty Chad McCullough and another with faculty violinist Olga Kaler in 2017. Numerous honors include Chicago Jewish News Jewish Chicagoan of the Year, Today's Chicago Woman magazine 100 Women of Inspiration, Artist Educator of the Year from the Ohio Alliance for Arts in Education, DePaul Excellence in Teaching nominations, and 3 DePaul Woman of Spirit and Action awards. Her one of a kind course about overcoming adversity with creativity was selected and filmed at PBS WTTW as an inspiring ELI Talk includes the performance of her choreography.​