Miss Diana – teaching staff of A Performing Arts Academy, is a magna cum laude graduate of Salem State University where she majored in Sport & Movement Science with a Dance Concentration and a minor in Philosophy. She trained with Sallee Slagle at Dance Dimensions throughout her childhood and was Captain of the St. Michael’s College Dance Team as a sophomore where she choreographed their first dance concert, now an annual event. After transferring to SSU, she studied primarily under Caitlin Corbett and Meghan McLyman, while taking courses and master classes with Sara Slifer, Gina Koehler, Deborah Dobrydney of Static Noyze, among many others. Diana was a member of SSU’s Repertory Dance Theatre throughout her three years there, and was a member of the Executive Board for two, finishing her college career as Vice President of RDT. Diana performed in six SSU dance department concerts in pieces choreographed both by her professors and her peers. She attended the American College Dance Festival with members of the SSU dance department at UMaine Orono, BU, and Keene State College, and performed in informal and adjudicated concerts at all three festivals. She was the assistant choreographer of SSU’s production of Rent in 2011 and presented her senior thesis on choreographer Bill T. Jones at SSU’s Undergraduate Research Symposium. She was presented with a Silver Key award for her work and good academic standing at SSU, and with a Creativity Award for her devotion to the arts. After graduation, Diana taught for Cynthia Buonfiglio at Dance, Etc. of Salem for three years before joining the APAA family in 2014. She has been a dancer for DanceWorks Boston since the company’s fifth season in 2012.