Diana Barrios has been the primary creator and instructor of various Springboard to Learning programs presented in partnership with Leverage Dance Theater since 2005. She is the creator of “Moving With Science”, “Moving Through Math (adapted with permission from Math Moves)”, “Wiley and the Hairy Man” (a performance that supports cultural and literacy learning), and “The Adventures of Pas de Chat, the Dancing Cat” (health and nutrition learning). In 2012, she began to develop programs for teens called Teen Esteem. Teem Esteem uses the teaching of dance improvisation and partnering techniques to support relationship and team building, self-awareness, self-confidence, communication. She has taught after school dance and arts-integrated programming to underserved and at risk students in East St. Louis, North St. Louis City, South St. Louis City and at Grand Center Arts Academy. She has taught master classes at COCA, Southeast Missouri State University, and Webster University and been guest faculty at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. Diana has twice served as the Vice President of the Missouri Dance Educators Organization and served additional terms as a board member. She has a BA in Dramatic Arts with and emphasis in Dance from the University of California, Berkeley.
Diana Barrios’ Programs