Intro Ballet - Ballet 5
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 further trained at the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance in Manhattan and The Boston Conservatory of Music. 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; for the past 25 years she has shared her extensive knowledge of classical ballet, modern and contemporary dance with countless students in the San Diego region.
In addition to being part of the Inspired Movement faculty; Diana is also a Teaching Artist with the Malashock Dance School (Pt. Loma, CA) Educational Out-Reach and In-Reach Creative Dance Programs for Children; specializing in contemporary and creative movement classes for students of all abilities. She is on the faculty of The Academy of Performing Arts, where she has taught Adult & Teen Ballet for over 15 years as well as teaching ballet at North County Dance Arts & Del Mar Ballet.
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 presented Workshops and Webinars for KIT with a focus on creating movement opportunities for children of all ages and abilities. She has been part of team that created nationally recognized inclusion standards and benchmarks. Diana has worked and taught within the California Public Schools VAPA (Visual and Performing Arts) framework for grades K thru 12.