DIANA TURNER-FORTE, RAD RTS, MA, certified HHP is a Teaching Artist, Dancer, Writer and Artistic Director of the Choreographic Institute of North Carolina. Her professional dance career spans over forty years and includes performing with--
- Chicago Ballet
- San Diego Ballet
- Des Moines Ballet
- BalletMet Columbus
- Taller Coreografico de la UNAM in Mexico City
She began her teaching career at the BalletMet Dance Academy in Columubs, OH and went on to teach at
- Baltimore School for the Arts
- Virginia School for the Arts Summer Program
- Private studios in the midwest and southeast.
Ms. Turner-Forte conducted a number of dance education residencies on behalf of arts councils, North Carolina Dance Theatre and the A+ program, Kenan Institute.
She is an advocate of programming that supports children and adults developmentally and empowers them to express themselves creatively through movement. As both an artist and educator, Ms. Turner-Forte draws on her extensive dance background and studies in Pilates, reflexology, body therapies (Alexander Technique and Bartinieff Fundamentals), anatomy, educational kinesiology, brain development, movement re-education, injury prevention and the use of imagery to enable students to develop their own kinesthetic ecology. She harnesses the best of each of these techniques into her unique teaching style. Her combination of complementary movement studies aids students in self-understanding,increasing postural and kinesthetic awareness. Diana Turner-Forte's techniques benefit the aging and the young alike because the activities and instruction speak to the essence of one's being, the human spirit.
Diana Turner-Forte holds both a BA and MA in Dance with certificates in several related areas, somatic studies, movement and brain-body integration. She holds the distinguished status of Registered Teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance in London, England. She has been featured in Muse & Spirit, a publication of the Center for Faith and the Arts and her essay, "Dance with me into Galilee" was recently published in The North Carolina Disciple, a publication of the Episcopal Diocese. In addition, she has been recognized with numerous grants and awards for her outstanding contributions to the field of dance and most recently received the Creative Inspiration Award from Monarch in recognition for outstanding service on behalf of people with disabilities.
Diana Turner-Forte is a professed member of the Third Order of the Society of St. Francis.