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Diana started ballet training at age 5 and grew up dancing at the Ballet Austin Dance Academy. She subsequently joined the company as an apprentice and danced from 1995-1999 with Ballet Austin where she performed in Swan Lake, Les Sylphides, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Cinderella, Coppelia and more. After graduating as a Plan II major from UT Austin, she attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, and due to her strenuous academic schedule, she could only dance freelance. During the period from 2003-2011 she dance intermittently with Austin Dance Ensemble, which became currently Austin Metamorphosis Dance Ensemble, Austin Classical Ballet, and Borealis Dance. Diana continued to dance and began choreography as well during her Obstectrics and Gynecology residency training here in austin with the University of Southwestern Residency Program. Diana became an Assistant Professor for the UTSW OBGYN residency program from 2009- 2013. During this period, she founded The Dance Project and has performed and choreographed multiple pieces including some
of her favorites: Pieces of Light, Chaos and Tranquility, At Peace and the End of the Season, and Branches. Diana is currently a private practice obgyn with Austin Area Obgyn. She continues to love dance and is excited about this coming new season with The Dance Project.
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Cheryl Copeland graduated with a BFA in Dance Performance from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Having studied and performed extensively in Florida, New York, Texas, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles, her training and technical expertise are reflected in her classes and choreography. She has worked under such notable choreographers as Mia Michaels, Milton Myers, Lisa Hopkins, and Kim Bears-Bailey. Finding her true passion behind the scenes, Cheryl gave up a career in performing for a much more fulfilling career in choreography and education. She has served as resident choreographer for Teen Dance Company of the Bay Area, and as artistic director of pre-professional companies; Breakthru Dance, DAC PAC, and Humnz Dance Ensemble, as well as her professional company BHumn Dance Company. She owned BHumn DanceSpace, the leading training facility for modern dance in Austin, TX for four years and then retired as owner and headed to NYC to serve as the Director of Education at Peridance Capezio Center, where is she is still head of their audition tour and communications. She finds herself creatively pushed in dance administration as much as she does in choreography. Cheryl is looking forward to all of the new opportunities and adventures coming her way and trusts that because of her diverse background, hands on approach, and her ever changing creative mind, she will continue creating innovative work and cultivating beautiful talent for years to come!
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