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Diane Eperthener

Education

  • B.S.: Applied Developmental Psychology
  • M.S.: Applied Development Psychology With Concentration in Research Methodology

Biography

Eperthener's love for dance was shown through her academic pursuits. Her thesis was titled "Adolescent Identity Development and Participation in Dance." She began her dance training in a Pittsburgh dance studio when she was 2 and had extensive training in all areas of dance art. While attending Rogers Middle School for the Performing Arts, she received the Lynn Swann Scholarship to the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and a scholarship to the Dance Alloy for two years. She had the pleasure of working with Mark Taylor from the Alloy and doing multiple performances with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. She also was part of Point Park University's "The Night Before Christmas," in which she played the lead role of Sissy.


As a competitor, she has held many different regional titles and special awards throughout the state. She added to her competitive achievements by winning a Diamond Choreography Award at the American Dance Awards competition in 2006. After teaching at various studios in the Pittsburgh area and the Dance Arts Camp of Maryland for Ms. Mary Underwood, Eperthener is beginning her academic career as an educator at Cal U. She also is proud to begin teaching at the Dance Conservatory of Pittsburgh. Eperthener is currently looking to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.

Courses

  • Jazz I and II

Research Interests

  • Adolescent Identity Development and Participation in Dance
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Depression
  • Adolescent Suicidal Attempts/Thoughts and Family Dynamics
  • Understanding the Impact of Receiving a Mental Health Diagnosis and Coping Strategies
  • Bipolar Disorder and Aggressive Behaviors

In The Classroom

The following are Eperthener's values and teaching philosophies:

  • Promoting self-expression within curriculum guidelines
  • Providing instruction in multiple ways to accommodate the individual learning needs of each student (based on Howard Gardner multiple intelligences, 1999)
  • Providing instruction that facilitates positive identity development
  • Promoting the idea that each student is an asset to the classroom and has knowledge that is relevant to the rest of the class, including the instructor
  • Acknowledging, valuing and using questions as a learning tool
  • Providing instruction that is the scaffolding for the developmental trajectories of life

Academic Department(s)

  • Department of Theatre and Dance

Academic Program(s)

  • B.A. Theatre