Miss Diana’s love of dance began at a young age. She started taking lessons with Motion Dynamics as a teenager in Vacaville, CA. There she studied ballet, tap, jazz, and Irish Step. She continued dancing as a young adult and even performed through 3 pregnancies! Miss Diana danced on pointe with Motion Dynamics for two years and performed the role of Sugar Plum Fairy in their 1997 production of The Nutcracker. When her family moved to Medford, OR in 1998, she enrolled her eldest daughter, Kayla, in ballet with Ballet Rogue. Although she was no longer dancing herself, Miss Diana stayed heavily involved in her daughter’s ballet program as the Production Manager for the company’s annual Nutcracker performances, and by running Ballet Rogue’s children’s program. She taught ballet classes to girls ages 3-7 and started the tradition of having these young ballerinas perform semi-annually—a holiday recital and a springtime recital. Both Miss Diana and her daughter were involved with Ballet Rogue for twelve years. When the company closed its doors in December 2009, Miss Diana took the small children’s program she began at Ballet Rogue and opened her own studio in May 2010. She now loves spreading the joy of dance to students of all ages, and she continues the tradition of putting on wonderful productions and recitals, allowing her students to learn the importance of confidence, strength, and most of all, the love of ballet.
Miss Kayla, daughter to Miss Diana, has danced since she was 3 years old with her primary training in classical ballet. At age 7 she joined the company Ballet Rogue where she danced as a principal soloist for the next twelve years. With Ballet Rogue she performed annually in productions such as The Nutcracker, Alice in Wonderland, Coppelia, and Ballet in the Park. Miss Kayla’s dance training also includes studies at the University of Oregon—including ballet, modern, and jazz—and training with instructors at Bodyvox in Portland, OR. Miss Kayla began teaching her own ballet classes as a senior in high school for Ballet Rogue. When Ballet Rogue closed and her mother opened Miss Diana’s in 2010, Miss Kayla was away in college, but she ran the summer programs for her mother while home on break. She also performed as a guest artist in Miss Diana’s annual productions of The Nutcracker, until she moved back to Southern Oregon in June 2014 and took on a full-time position with the studio. She is currently the Artistic Director and creator of the studio's semi-annual productions, and teaches all of the Technique and Pointe classes, and Adult Ballet. You may have also seen her onstage alongside her students as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker (2011-2017), or as Peter in Peter Pan (2017). Outside of Miss Diana’s, Miss Kayla has also choreographed for multiple theatre organizations throughout the Rogue Valley; including: Camelot Theatre, Collaborative Theatre Project, and NMHS's Black Tornado Theatre. Miss Kayla loves all things dance, especially classical ballet, but what brings her the most joy is working with her students and helping them blossom into beautiful, strong ballerinas.
Miss Anne has been dancing with Miss Diana’s for eight years and started when she was seven years old. She is currently a junior at North Medford High School, where she juggles not only band and rigorous academics, but also being one of Miss Diana’s advanced pointe dancers. Miss Anne has performed in all of Miss Diana’s productions since 2009. Her most notable roles include: Clara (The Nutcracker 2015), Smee (Peter Pan 2017), and Snow Queen (The Nutcracker 2017). She started working with Miss Diana in 2016 as a teaching assistant and began instructing her own classes in Fall 2017. Miss Anne loves how family friendly Miss Diana's is, and feels that it has become part of her own extended family. She always looks forward to going to the studio, whether for teaching or dancing. But, her favorite part about Miss Diana’s is that there have always been amazing opportunities for her to grow and learn new skills. She has met and worked with so many amazing, talented, and kind people and wouldn’t trade these experiences for the world.
Miss Kendall started dancing at age 3 and has danced with Miss Diana for the last 15 years. She danced with Miss Diana and Miss Kayla for 6 years at Ballet Rouge and has spent the other 9 at Miss Diana’s School of Ballet. She is currently a Freshman at Southern Oregon University and is working towards her Master's in Elementary Education. Miss Kendall has performed in all of Miss Diana’s productions since 2011. Her most notable roles include: the Rat Queen (Nutcracker 2015/17), Wendy (Peter Pan 2017), Captain Hook (Peter Pan 2018), and the Good Garden Witch (A Frozen Ballet 2018). Miss Kendall began assistant teaching in Fall 2017 and she began instructing her own classes in January 2018. Miss Kendall is thrilled that she can continue to be a part of her Miss Diana's family while attending college and pursuing her dream of academic teaching.
Miss Halley began ballet with Miss Diana at the age of six, after her 1st grade teacher told her that she would really benefit from some kinesthetic learning outside of school. Currently she is a freshman at North Medford High School. Miss Halley is one of the studio's advanced pointe dancers and has danced in all of Miss Diana's performances since 2009. Her favorite roles include Clara (The Nutcracker 2016) and Nana (Peter Pan 2017). Miss Halley began assistant teaching in January 2017, and thoroughly enjoys working with the younger students - helping them learn and grow as dancers. Miss Halley attributes Miss Diana's School of Ballet's kind, welcoming, and structured environment to her ever-developing talent and sharpened technique skills. She loves the family atmosphere of the studio, and feels so thankful for the opportunities that it has brought into her life and for the people she has grown to love.