Gianna Maxine Diaz was born in North Bergen, NJ, and graduated with a BFA in Dance, Performance and Choreography from Montclair State University. She had the privilege to perform various works by legendary choreographers such as Martha Graham, Bill T. Jones, Fredrick Earl Mosely, Ohad Naharin, Shapiro & Smith, Christian von Howard, and Abby Zbikowski. While studying, she began her professional teaching career by instructing dance technique classes in dance studios around the East Coast and is Artistic Director of Eastside Dance Project. Diaz has participated as a dancer in Berlin’s Fashion Week and has also been featured in Dance Magazine’s 2020 Fall Article, “How Competition Dancers Transition to Concert Dance.” Throughout her career, Diaz has been inspired to thrive in performance, teaching, and choreography. She strives to pass on all the knowledge she has learned to her students and many more. She is skilled in 10 different dance styles and is bilingual in English and Spanish. This is Gianna’s first season with Carolyn Dorfman Dance.

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