Faculty Profile

Kirstin Riehl

MFA Ballet Choreography/Teaching
Office: CAPA #105
Telephone: 318-357-6783
Email: riehlk@nsula.edu


Ms. Kirstin Riehl is the Director of Dance at Northwestern State University and an Associate Professor. She received her MFA in Ballet with an emphasis in teaching and choreography from the University of Utah and was awarded a teaching assistantship in the Ballet Department. Ms. Riehl completed a BFA in Dance from Sam Houston State University graduating Magna Cum Laude. 

Ms. Riehl received her early ballet training in the Royal Academy of Dance method completing her primary through major exams. She continued her training abroad at Bush Davies School of the Arts in East Grinstead, England. Upon returning to the U.S. she danced in New York City under the instruction of Valerie Taylor and David Howard. Ms. Riehl furthered her dance training at North Carolina School of the Arts, and the Houston Ballet Academy under the instruction of many prominent educators. She also earned an 800 hours Pilates teacher training & certification through Streamline.

Her performance credits include: Alice in WonderlandLa Fille Mal Gardée, “Pas de Quatre Small Swans” in Swan LakeGiselleCarmen,and theNutcrackeren tour with North Carolina School of the Arts, as well as two seasons with the Houston Ballets’ Nutcrackerat the Wortham Center, Houston TX. 

Ms. Riehl’s teaching include Ballet technique, Somatic Practice, Dance Pedagogy, Dance Anatomy as well as Choreography. 

She has staged Classical repertory and has created work in both ballet and modern genres. Her work has been presented at the American College Dance Association conference.  She enjoys mentoring and preparing her students for professional careers in performing and teaching.   

 Additionally, Ms. Riehl is an integral part of enhancing the arts in the community and enjoys traveling across the U.S. teaching as a guest artist and advocating the Arts. 

Office Hours

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Course Information

Course Title Location Time
DAN.4500.02N WORKSHOP IN DANCE Natchitoches
A.A. Fredericks Fine Arts Cntr
MTWR 01:00 PM-03:30 PM