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Barbara Grubel

June 22, 2020

Written by Craig Schreiner

In WHY I TEACH, Professor of Theatre/Dance Barb Grubel talks about teaching her favorite class — improvisation — virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the stunning, unexpected results.

"The idea that they were thrown this curveball has brought out things that I don't think we would have explored had we been in the studio normally. And so this experience is making me rethink how I will teach this class in the future," she said. "I mean it's such a gift. They didn't give up — they dug deeper."

View "Taking the Leap," how Grubel led the UW-Whitewater dance program's introduction of a new dance class specifically designed for both sit-down (wheelchair) and stand-up dancers.

(UW-Whitewater video by Jeffrey Pohorski)

WHY I TEACH is a series about the dedicated faculty at UW-Whitewater’s two campuses who make every day a teachable moment — and every place a learning place — by their expertise and example.

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