Diana was born and raised in Toronto, and joined Culture Shock Toronto in 2009. She has loved dance ever since she was a little girl, dancing to Madonna and Michael Jackson in her living room! She took ballet and jazz classes when she was younger, but it wasn't until her high school's talent show that she fell in love with hip hop. After performing Janet Jackson's "Pleasure Principle", Diana was sure this was a dance style she wanted to pursue.
Diana searched for opportunities to learn and grow as a dancer, becoming a member of Silhouette's Dance Company at the University of Toronto. For 3 years, she choreographed, performed and shared her love for dance with fellow students. After graduating from university, Diana was seeking another opportunity to continue dance, specifically hip hop, more seriously - that's when CSTO came into her life.
Diana heard about CSTO from fellow member and close friend, Vanessa. Diana had been attending company classes for several years, and immediately loved the atmosphere and welcoming people. In 2009, Diana finally decided to audition and became an official Culture Shock dancer.
Since becoming part of the CSTO family, Diana has traveled to Ottawa, Washington D.C., and LA, performing in a variety of showcases and connecting with the larger CS family. She has also performed at the local level for World of Dance Toronto in 2011 and other performances around the city for various organizations and programs. This has not only increased her love of dance, but has also enlightened her personal growth as a dancer and has demonstrated how dance cultivates respect for all people.
Diana has also taken on a prominent role in facilitating youth outreach programs across the city. She has been involved in leading Dance and Physical Education Additional Qualification courses for teachers, March Break youth outreach sessions, Summer Camp fitness groups, YMCA programs, TDSB dance events, and all-girls self-esteem workshops. It is in this area where her two passions of dance and education have truly become interdependent and complementary.
Diana graduated from Teachers College in June 2011 and has officially begun her teaching career after being hired by the TCDSB. She has embarked on her dream career and is only optimistic for what this rewarding profession will bring. She will continue to use what CS has taught her in all aspects of her life, especially as a teacher. She hopes to continue to bring her passion and commitment for dance to schools, and provide students with the positive and safe environment that CSTO has fostered for her. Diana hopes to continue her involvement in all aspects of CSTO as they provide an excellent balance to her life - traveling as part of the performance troupe, teaching company classes, assisting in choreographing pieces, and leading youth outreach programs. Her love of dance will only grow stronger with this loving dance family apart of her life.