Diana K. Tsuruda
My Philosophy on Being a Dance Educator
I have always loved school and learning. In particular, I have always loved dance so much, that to teach even basic steps to me is still so interesting. I enjoy showing someone new discoveries about their own body movement and abilities."To teach is to learn twice" - Joseph Joubert.
My affirmations for each lesson are:
(1) to thank my students who have come to learn from me
(2) to be able to inspire the students in the lesson to learn something
new and useful
(3) to be open, honest and to have fun!
My Dance Journey
To make a long story short, I was always a mover from a young age. Although I made it to head cheerleader/songleader in high school, I was cut from making the dance team in university. I had passion, but needed more dance technique to grow.
After graduating college, I sought out every style of dance and took 1-3 dance classes a day. I practiced every day after work for hours. I took ballet, jazz, hip hop, Latin Ballroom, tap, African, Afro-Cuban, salsa, yoga, Pilates and studied from various teachers. I read books and articles on anything related to dance and movement. I sought to discover and understand the basics of as many dance styles as I could. I believe that one can be good in one style of dance but is not limited to that style only.There is always room to mix different flavors to create your own expression of movement.
After a bad accident in 2004, I had to rehabilitate my body. I turned to yoga, Pilates and the Franklin Method to rebuild my core muscles and re-learn how to efficiently move from each center throughout the body. This accident was painful at the time, however it was a blessing in disguise. I emerged stronger and more educated in using my body more correctly. Furthermore, it infused my knowledge of alignment, movement, injury prevention, and how to understand students' needs better
Dance and movement is an evolution of your own spirit, your own history, and continues to evolve. What's new is old and what is old is new, but what is ORIGINAL is how you create something to make it your own.
"If you want to learn something, read about it.
If you want to understand something, write about it.
If you want to master something, teach it." Yogi Bhajan