"Pedal The Burden Light"

Performed at ACDA 2017

Choreographed by: Karla Parbon

Performers: Whitworth University Dancers Emily Carney, Heather Portue, Bailey Vallee 


As a dancer, educator, and choreographer, I have dedicated my life and profession to the art of dance. With a B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Theology with an emphasis in Dance, my specialty is in connecting art, spirituality and the human experience. Currently, I serve as the Dance Program Director at Whitworth University and dance faculty at Gonzaga University.  Whether it’s inspiring young artists, victims of social injustice, or integrating the arts into education, I am consistently discovering innovative avenues to help and inspire others to find hope and a voice through artistic expression.

American Dance Association Adjudicated Works:

It's All I Know,  2011

Matres Magnorum,  2012 

Dwelling Place,  2013

Salt and Light,  2014

Broken Footprints, 2015

Underneath The Shadows Of the Ordinary,  2016

Pedal The Burden Light,  2017

Musical Theatre Choreography:

Cabaret, 2001

Robin Hood, 2001

 Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat, 2002

Aladdin, 2002

Music Man, 2003

The Boyfriend, 2005

Working, 2007

Once Upon A Mattress, 2011

Wakefield Mysteries, 2013

Professional Collaboration:

Teresian Conference/Gonzaga University, 2015

Membra Nostri Buxtehude/St. John's Chamber Choir, Spokane Symphony Musicians, and Adaptations Dance Company, 2017

Human Trafficking Candle Light Vigil, 2013 - present


Director of Dance at Whitworth University, 2008 - present

Dance Faculty at Gonzaga University, 2008 - present

Founder and Executive Director of the Non-profit Organization, Partners Through Art, 2014 - present

Artistic Director of, Adaptations Dance Company, 2017

Etsy Store Manager of Body and Soles: Socks for Dancers, 2017

Arts Impact Artist Mentor with Partners Through Art, 2012 - present


"Underneath The Shadows Of The Ordinary"

Performed at ACDA 2016

Choreographed by: Karla Parbon

Performers: Whitworth University Dancers

"I Cry For All That Is Beautiful"

Human Trafficking Awareness Performance @ River Park Square

Choreographed by: Karla Parbon

Performers: Sarah Bruns, Brooke Grissom, Melanie Williams

Partners Through Art is a non-profit organization that leverages the power of art with other non-profits to expand their individual success and advance the collective goal of positive social change through arts education, service-oriented performance, and creative instruction.
Adaptations Dance Academy and Company educates and inspires the dance artist through studio work, service-learning projects, and performance that connect dance to social justice issues. We care as much about the creative process as the performance. The content of the choreography, the themes in our studio sessions, the ways we collaborate with community members - encourages the dance artist to use their talent to create a more compassionate and just world.  Our unique learning environment challenges the dance artist to explore diverse styles and approaches and offer different modes of engagement to cultivate their own personal artistic voice.  Adaptations Dance Academy and Company is founded on the belief that dance is an integral part of social change by dancing for something bigger than yourself.   

"Broken Footprints"

ACDA 2015 Rehearsale

Choreographed by: Karla Parbon

Performers: Whitworth Unversity Dancers

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