Diana Cummins, MA, CLMA, ERYT
Diana is adjunct faculty in the Kinesiology Departments of Los Angeles City and Pierce Colleges, teaching Modern Dance and Yoga and is an instructor of Chair Yoga in Encore, the Adult Education program at Pierce College. She is also Adjunct Faculty in the Pomona College Dance Program, teaching an introduction to the Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis System.
Diana has been on the faculties of the Dance Department of Loyola Marymount University, and the Department of Theatre & Dance at California State University, Los Angeles teaching Dance Pedagogy and Somatic Movement Principles.
Diana received her certification in Laban Movement Analysis from the Integrated Movement Studies Program in 2014. She teaches and conducts workshops in Laban principles and Bartenieff Fundamentals for the novice and seasoned professional.
Diana was the recipient of an Excellence in Teaching award given by the California Alliance of Art Education, for her work with at-risk students and contribution to the field of Art Education and was honored to be a Music Center BRAVO ART Award Nominee, for her visual arts teaching in elementary schools.
Her history includes being a past president of the California Dance Education Association, a Dance teaching artist for Performing Tree’s Artist-in-the-Schools program, a high school dance director for over twenty years, a consultant/collaborative teaching artist for the Music Center Education Division Summer Institute, and writer for the Music Center Education Division ARTSOURCE curriculum guides. Diana was also the High School Dance Specialist for four California Arts Projects (TCAP), the California State Education subject matter project for teachers.
In addition to her teaching, Diana is Artistic Director of manGO DANCE THEATRE, a community-based dance company. Her work has been shown in museums, galleries, the Alex Theatre, ARC, Pasadena, the Marsee Auditorium, Electric Lodge, Dia Des Los Muertos at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and numerous churches, community halls, and sites around the Los Angeles area.
Diana holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Education from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and a Masters in Dance degree from University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA), two California Teaching Credentials and Dance Specializaton certification training in Pilates.
An experienced Iyengar yoga practitioner, Diana is a Yoga Alliance certified Experienced Yoga Teacher (200 hours, 1,000+ teaching hours), and former yoga teacher trainer with the Gift of Yoga Teacher Training Program in Sonora, California.