Originally from Los Angeles, Dinah began her dance training at the Yvonne Cusack Ballet Center. After graduating from Virginia School of the Arts she earned her BA in Dance Performance and Choreography at Goucher College. She has danced professionally with the Ballet Theater of Maryland (formerly Ballet Theater of Annapolis), The Baltimore Opera, Kimberly Mackin Dance Company, Off-Center Dance Theater, Concordance Contemporary, and as an independent performing artist. Her choreography credits include original works for the University of Virginia dance program, Albemarle Ballet Theatre, Charlottesville Ballet, and musical theater productions for the University of Virginia Department of Drama. She has performed in works set by Doug Varone, Mark Dendy, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Ib Andersen, Christopher D'Amboise, John Clifford, Eddie Stewart, Petrus Bosman, David Keener, Lesa McLaughlin, Gus Solomons, Jr., and Rhonda Miller, among others. Dinah holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University and has been on faculty of the Charlottesville Ballet, the University of Virginia, and Albemarle Ballet Theater.
As The White Mountain School's Director of Dance, Dinah directs and manages White Mountain's Creative Edge Dance Studio, oversees the White Mountain School dance program, teaches Introduction to Choreography, choreographs for Creative Edge productions, and teaches Ballet, Jazz, and Modern technique classes.
Los Angeles, CA
- M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Columbia University
- B.A. in Dance, Goucher College Virginia School of the Arts
Why White Mountain?
The chance to direct an upper-school dance program while also directing a community dance school is so unusual and exciting. Each program can strengthen the other, offering students opportunities and experiences that wouldn’t be possible in a more conventional arrangement.
What influenced your passion for teaching?
I think of my dance training as a gift—I’ve had so many exceptional teachers. Their life’s work was to pass down all they knew. I try to honor them by sharing what they gave me.
What do you value most about the White Mountain community?
The thriving dance community created by the presence of Creative Edge Dance Studio.
When not in the classroom I can be found:
Walking our dog or practicing yoga.
Favorite place on campus?
The beautiful dance studios!