“I have danced all my life – since I was 2! – but the first time I took a flamenco class at Ballet Espanol, I was HOOKED. Flamenco suits my personality. It gives expression to ALL the emotions, not just the happy ones. I can be sad, angry, joyful. It allows me to turn whatever I’m feeling, even if it is something dark or “ugly” into something beautiful. As a woman, flamenco makes me feel incredibly powerful. And I am not waiting for a man to give me the opportunity to dance; I can dance solo, or with a group but a partner is not required. I also really appreciate that you are expected to get better as you get older. You are expected to have something to say in flamenco – “dime la verdad” – and the life experience to back it up. Nor do you have to be any particular body type. Some of the most respected dancers have substantial bodies. I respect that.”
Diana Dinicola holds a diploma for the advanced level intensive training program at the Fundacion Cristina Heeren de Arte Flamenco in Sevilla, Spain. She has attended the National Flamenco Institute at the University of New Mexico (2002, 2003, 2004, 2006) and returns to Spain yearly for continuing professional development. She performs regularly and has appeared with dancers Antonio Vargas and Angel Muñoz; musicians Chayito Champion, Ricardo Marlow, Maria Temo, John Lawrence, Arturo Martinez and Jesus Montoya. Diana is a co-founder of Flamenco Louisville and an active educator, teaching flamenco dance in Louisville, Lexington, Cincinnati, for the KY Governor’s School for the Arts and the Louisville Ballet. In addition, she is a Showcase Kentucky artist and Kentucky Arts Council Teaching Artist taking flamenco into the schools as a medium for teaching core Arts & Humanities curriculum. She also works with underserved communities in Louisville and throughout the state through ArtsReach.
- Diana trained as a theatre major at Northwestern University where she received a BS in Communications and her teaching certification.
- Diana is a veteran arts administrator and holds an MBA from Emory University.
- In 2008, she was recognized as a “Hero of Diversity” by WHAS-TV & the Kentucky Lottery.
- She has completed the improvisation intensive, “Crossing the Chasm from Theatre to Life” with Alan Arkin.
Cross-disciplinary collaborations include:
- Work with Specific Gravity Ensemble: Elevator Plays³ (actor/dancer, “Corazon del Baile”)
- Choreographer/actor for InterLifeChangeCycle which premiered at the Humana Festival of New Plays in March, 2009.
- Diana provided castanet and movement coaching for singer Ruxandra Donores’ appearance as Carmen in the Cincinnati Opera’s 2009 season.
- Diana was the choreographer and principal dancer for Kentucky Opera’s production of La Traviata in September, 2009 and Carmen in September, 2011.
- She also provided choreography for Stage One’s production of Ferdinand the Bull in 2011.
- She has appeared with the band Ut Gret, improv musician Misha Feigin and in collaboration with Ruric-Amari and the Samovar Dance Company.
Diana appears monthly in the Flamenco Louisville floor show at BLU Italian Grille’s “Spanish Night” in the downtown Louisville, Kentucky Marriott. She is also on the Kentucky Arts Council’s Performing Arts Roster and is a faculty member of the Louisville Ballet.