About

Diana Cummins, MA, CLMA, RYT

Award-winning artist-educator and choreographer, Diana teaches dance and yoga in the Kinesiology and Dance Departments of Los Angeles City and Pierce Community Colleges and is a Lecturer in the Dance Program at Loyola Marymount University.  She is artistic director of  manGO Dance Theatre, a community-based dance company that performs in and around the Los Angeles area.

Art Education Work

  • Dance and yoga teacher for over 25 years
  • Excellence in Teaching award from the California Alliance of Art Education (CAAE)
  • Bravo Art Award Nominee (Music Center Education Division) for visual arts teaching in the elementary school
  • Yoga teacher trainer at the Gift of Yoga School, Sonora, CA, 2009–Present
  • Artistic Director, Other follow….Dreaming, Movement and Language performance and workshop experience for schools. Arts Integration project based upon the work of Surrealist artists.
  • Collaborating Teaching Artist with world-renowned Pilobolus Dance Theatre for Music Center Education Summer Institute for Teachers.
  • Writer for Artsource: The Music Center’s Study Guide for the Performing Arts units, featuring Anna Djanbazian and Pilobolus Dance Company
  • Teacher Trainer for five TCAP,(California State Department of Education Arts Project) summer institutes
  • Artist-in-the-Schools for Performing Tree, dance-teaching residencies at elementary schools.
  • Guest teacher, Crossroads School in Santa Monica
  • Guest choreographer, Beverly Hills High School
  • Guest artist-educator, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Past President of the California Dance Education Association, 2002-2004

Choreography/Performance

  • Faculty choreographer, Los Angeles City College Dance Program Concerts.
  • Former director of dance at two Los Angeles area high schools, teaching and choreographing contemporary dance works on students in the program, and commissioning works from established artists in the Los Angeles community for student participation.
  • Diana’s work has been shown in museums, galleries, the Alex Theatre, Marsee Auditorium, Electric Lodge, Dia Des Los Muertos at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and numerous churches, community halls, and sites in and around the Los Angeles area.

Education/Certification

  • Certified Laban Movement Analyst, Integrated Movement Studies Program, IMS
  • Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher, 200 hours
  • MA, Dance, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
  • BS, Psychology and Education, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR
  • Dance Training: Martha Graham School, Lynn Simonson in New York, Ron Brown, Bill Evans, Kei Takei, Kathryn Posin, Charles Edmondson (founding principal dancer, Lewitzky Dance Company) and John Pennington, Margaret Hills
  • Certification training in BASI Pilates with Dance Specialization.
  • Two California Teaching Credentials: Multiple Subject and Physical Education