Meet the 2016 teachers: Diana – Ballet

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Next up we would like to introduce you to the lovely Diana Kirk.

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Diana will be teaching our ballet classes on Monday lunchtime and Wednesday evening.

Diana’s early training in the U.K. included classical ballet (BBO Advanced, ISTD Advanced), tap (BBO Advanced), modern theatre dance (ISTD Advanced), acrobatics and highland dance (UKAPTD). This was followed by formal teaching qualifications for classical ballet with both ISTD and IDTA and highland dance with UKAPTD. Diana gained the highest grade in all teaching exams.

During 15 years teaching dance, Diana taught both adults and children, entering candidates for ballet examinations with BBO and ISTD. She choreographed for the local Operatic Society and worked with teenagers at the local Youth Centre. During this period, she continued to attend classes, workshops and intensives in Edinburgh and London, mainly in classical ballet and the newly-emerging contemporary dance.

Since moving to New Zealand in 1987, Diana has been in non-dance-related employment, but dance has continued to be an important part of her life. She has consistently deepened her understanding of effective movement by taking classes in Skinner Releasing Technique with Raewyn Thorburn and Wilhemeena Monroe and in Alexander Technique, Classical Ballet and Floor Barre with Timothy Gordon.

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Diana continues to attend classes and enjoys being part of the teaching team at Auckland Central Dance Studios.