A native of southern California, Diana has combined a life-long involvement in the art of dance with an avid interest in the application of scientific principles and nutrition to enhance dance performance and career longevity.
Her dance career encompasses over fifty years as a professional performer, instructor, ballet mistress, university professor, artistic director of two touring companies, and choreographer. Training since the age of five, she studied with many noted teachers, including Dame Sonia Arova, Jillana, Laurence Rosenberg, Violette Verdy, Jean Issacs, Bill Roberts, Barbara Simonson, and Stanley Holden. Her credits include international performing experience in a multiple dance genres including modern, jazz, tap, baroque, and classical ballet with experience in soloist and principal roles for a diversity of mediums ranging from concert dance to musical theater and television.
A graduate of the University of California, Irvine, Diana has been the recipient of many dance/art awards including the Laguna Festival of the Arts for two consecutive years. She has held faculty appointments in numerous prestigious professional dance academies, including The Kirov Academy of Ballet, in addition to several colleges and universities. Her academic credentials include a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance with additional studies in sports medicine, exercise physiology, kinesiology, and athletic training. This preparation, combined with practical experience in clinical physical therapy, have enabled her to develop and implement innovative on-site injury prevention, technique enhancement, and nutrition education programs for both dancers and teachers in professional and post-graduate settings. Recently, Diana completed certification in the third and final level of the Franklin Method Teacher Training.
As a pioneer in the emerging field of dance science, she served as Associate Editor for the peer-reviewed journal Kinesiology and Medicine for Dance, the first publication devoted exclusively to dance science, and was the first researcher to present papers in dance related topics at an international forum: the International Olympic Scientific Congress in 1984.
Currently, Diana is director of DANCING WELL, a consulting firm specializing in comprehensive wellness program design and health education for dancers. She continues to instruct in master class settings where she implements a mind-body approach with experiential anatomy for technique enhancement and injury prevention.
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