About

Diana Cummins, MA, CLMA, ERYT

 

Diana Cummins currently teaches Contemporary Modern Dance and Yoga at Los Angeles City College, Yoga in the Pierce College Kinesiology Department, Adult Education Movement Classes in the ENCORE program at Pierce College, Dance Pedagogy at Loyola Marymount University, and Creative Dance in the Elementary Classroom for the Department of Theatre & Dance at California State University, Los Angeles and Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis at Pomona College.  She received her certification in Laban Movement Analysis from Integrated Movement Studies in 2014. Diana teaches and conducts workshops in Laban principles and Bartenieff Fundamentals for the novice and seasoned professional.

Diana is a recipient of the 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 is honored to be a Music Center BRAVO ART Award Nominee, for her visual arts teaching in elementary schools.

Her history includes being the president of the California Dance Education Association, a teaching artist for Performing Tree’s Artist-in-the-Schools program, a high school dance director for over twenty years, a collaborative teaching artist with Pilobolus Dance Theatre for the Music Center Education Division Summer Institute Program, and a 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.  An experienced Iyengar yoga practitioner, Diana is a Yoga Alliance certified Experienced Yoga Teacher (200 hours, 1,000+ teaching hours), qualified to train teachers at the Gift of Yoga Teacher Training Program in Sonora, California which she did for nine years.

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 from University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA), 2 California Teaching Credentials and certification training in Pilates.