Diane Smagatz-Rawlinson holds a degree in Dance Education from Ohio State, MFA from UW-Madison, and was a faculty member at Northwestern University, UW- Stevens Point, and University of Akron. Ms Rawlinson was one of the first certified leaders of InterPlay worldwide and is a Dance/Education ambassador for the work. As a 20-year yoga practitioner, Ms Rawlinson holds an E-RYT yoga certification and has been teaching a semester length high school yoga curriculum for the last 8 years.
A writer/editor for Dance Spirit/Dance Teacher magazines from 1997-present she was named NDA Midwest Dance Educator, UW-Madison School of Education Distinguished Alumni, Illinois Teacher of the Year Meritorious Award, and 2014 Chicago’s Ruth Page Award Recipient for her work as an advocate, mentor and educator. She has presented at state, national, and international conferences and workshops including: International InterPlay Conference Illinois State Theatre Festival, National/Regional HS Dance Festival, DePaul University, Illinois State University, Loyola University, Dance Teacher Magazine Conference, Bill Evans Somatics Conference, CNADM, NDEO Conference, Hubbard Street Professional Development Institute, and Gibney Dance Center.