Joined Dec 21 2009
Santa Maria, CA
Diane Rose Zink, artistic director and founder of Everybody Can DANCE, has over twenty-five years of experience in teaching the Vaganova method of classical ballet. Diane trained for eight years under Meri Lynn Beebe of the Chicago Opera Ballet, who received training from Vera Volkova, one of Agrippina Vaganova’s first pupils. Diane took master’s classes for four years with the great dancers Maria Tallcheif, John Kriza, and Ruth Ann Koesun of American Ballet Theater. For three years, Diane appeared on stage with ABT in Chicago performances. She danced professionally with the Right Combination dance company.
For fifteen years, Diane studied the Vaganova method with Karen Morell, former world class soloist and a graduate of the Vaganova Choreographic Institute of Pedagogy in St. Petersburg, Russia, which trains teachers for the famous Kirov Ballet. Ms. Morell’s teacher was the famous Natalia Dudinskaya, one of Vaganova’s pupils for twenty years and her apprentice who took over as the head of the Vaganova Choreographic Institute until her death in 2001.
Students trained at the Academy have consistently won awards, scholarships and admittance to elite summer programs. On five occasions ECD students have received grants from the Santa Maria Arts Council and took first place in 2005, 2006, and 2007. Three ECD students won the top three spots in the senior division in the most recent Santa Barbara Ballet Competition. In 2007 eight ECD students auditioned and all were accepted into the prestigious Youth America Ballet Summer Intensive in San Clemente, where they studied under teachers from the Bolshoi, Stuttgart, Berlin, and England’s Royal Ballet (only 50 students were accepted nationwide).
It’s not just our name. It’s the truth.
Everybody Can DANCE.