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Director of Dance Minor
Jubilation Ministry Advisor
Whitworth University
300 West Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
Phone 509.777.3789
Fax 509.777.4592
Office location: Cowles Auditorium 109
E-mail: kparbon@whitworth.edu

Karla Parbon is an instructor for the theatre/dance department, where she has shared her training from the Royal Academy of Dance since spring 2008. Her courses have included Jazz I, II and III, Ministry and Choreography, Principles of Movement, and Hip Hop.  Each year, Karla takes Whitworth students to the American College Dance Festival, where she presents choreography for adjudication by nationally renowned choreographers, company owners and performers in the field of dance.  Karla also serves as the dance ministry leader at Spokane's Life Center Church, where she constructs choreographic aids for sermon topics.  She specializes in connecting dance and movement with theological concepts.  Karla is passionate about providing Whitworth students with an academic dance experience while being attentive to integrating faith into all of her instruction.

M.A. Theology – Whitworth University (Fall 2012)
B.A. Whitworth College (now Whitworth University)

Year Joined Whitworth Theatre/Dance Department: 2008

Areas of Specialization/Expertise:

  • Performance choreography: jazz, tap, hip hop, lyrical and contemporary
  • Ministry-integrated choreography
  • Mentoring K-5 educators in integrating movement in literacy and mathematics
  • Creation and development of church dance ministries

Selected Publications/Presentations/Honors:

  • Presented original choreography at the American College Dance Festival, including, “Angry” (2011), and “Matres Magnorum” (2012)
  • Founder and choreographer for the Gonzaga Preparatory Dance Team, which competed at the WIAA state level
  • Founder and choreographer of the Life Center Dance Ministry


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