Publications, Awards, Professional Affiliations


  • Contributing Editor/Advisory Board/Writer for the national publications: Dance Spirit, Dance Teacher, and Stage Directions Magazine from 1997-current. (Publication name is Diane Smagatz-Rawlinson). Over 110 articles/columns published on a range of topic including: careers, costuming, teaching methods, outreach programs, teacher mentorship, professional profiles, production timelines, student travel, arts management, and interview with Broadway scene designer.
  • Authored book: Making the Connection: A Comparison of Dance in the Concert Versus Worship Setting. 1 Dec 1989. by Doug Adams and Diane Smagatz-Rawlinson


  • 2021 Township High School District 214 “Friends of the Arts” Award
  • 2019 Illinois Teacher of the Year “Those Who Excel” Meritorious Award
  • 2019, 2012, 2002 Principal’s Award Wheeling High School and 1996 Outstanding Contribution to Education WHS
  • 2014 Chicago’s Ruth Page Award presented by Chicago’s professional dance community for work as a mentor, advocate, and educator.
  • 2007 University of Wisconsin- Madison School of Education Distinguished Alumni
  • 2006 Illinois Alliance for Arts Education Dance Educator of the year
  • 2002 Midwest Dance Educator (National Dance Association), finalist for National Dance Educator, 2001 Illinois Dance Educator

Membership and Professional Affiliations

  • One of the first certified leaders of InterPlay International (CA). Currently Coordinating InterPlay in Education training program and served on the Advisory Board for 3 terms.
  • ERYT-300 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher)
  • Advised local organizations on their outreach/high school initiatives including the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago’s
  • Planning committee for NDEO (National Dance Education Organization) conference Chicago and directed the AAHPERD National Gala Concert
  • Sacred Dance Guild National Festival Director.
  • Youth Volunteer Coordinator for Chicago’s Dance For Life.
  • Illinois State Board of Education Licensure Testing System (ILTS) Item Review Committee.
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