— Adult Ballet Teacher
Adult Ballet Teacher
Born in Greece, Diana Nicastro grew up in New York where she studied formal classical ballet technique at the Harkness Ballet School under the direction of her mentor David Howard. She also trained at the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance in Manhattan, the Boston Conservatory of Music and Boston Ballet.
Diana received her Dance Teaching Certification through the University of Surrey (England) in association with the Royal Academy of Dance.
Diana is a dedicated, creative and patient instructor that a special way of connecting with and engaging her students. Over the past 25 years she has shared her passion and extensive knowledge of modern, contemporary and classical ballet with countless students in the San Diego region.
Diana is currently a Teaching Artist for the Malashock Dance School's Educational Out-Reach and In-Reach Creative Dance Programs for Children; specializing in contemporary classes for students of all abilities. She is also on the faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts, where she teaches Adult Ballet and created the Children's Ballet Program. In addition she is also on the faculty of North County Dance Arts where she teaches Adult & Teen Ballet classes & Pointe classes. She was a former faculty member and Branch Manager of the California Ballet School, The Pointe Loma School of Classical Ballet & The Scripps Performing Arts Academy.
Diana was the 2010 recipient of the KIT (Kids Included Together) "Rising Star Award" for her work with inclusion of children with disabilities. She has since presented national Workshops and Webinars for KIT with a focus on creating movement opportunities for children of all ages and abilities. She has also been part of a KIT team that created nationally recognized inclusion standards and benchmarks. Diana has experience in working with the California Public Schools VAPA (Visual and Performing Arts) framework for grades K - 12.
Diana Nicastro has been teaching for Marie for 5 years with the Adult Ballet Program as well as the summer intensives.