Annamaria Diamant (she/her)

Annamaria is an experienced dancer and educator with over 10 years of experience working in dance studios, NYC public schools, after-school programs and early childhood movement classes.

Annamaria Diamant (she/her)

Program Manager

Annamaria Diamant earned her BA in Theater Arts from the University of South Florida. Following graduation she performed with Sarasota Contemporary Dance Company as a dancer and choreographer. She’s had the opportunity to work with dance teams and young individuals from around the country as a dance instructor for MA Dance and the Capital One Bowl HalfTime Show. Annamaria loves to create; she’s produced and showcased her choreographic works throughout NYC.

In 2020 Annamaria graduated from Baruch College with a Masters in Arts Administration. Most recently, she served as the Children’s Program Manager for WR Arts where she helped implement after-school performing arts programming in NYC public schools and managed their Brooklyn studio. In early 2022 she joined Dancing Classrooms as a Teaching Artist before becoming a Program Manager.

Now Hiring: Teaching Artists

Start teaching as early as January 2023!

Love kids? Enjoy dancing and movement? Want to expand your teaching experience?
Apply to become a NYC Dancing Classrooms Teaching Artist!

Dancing Classrooms (DC) is a dance organization committed to bringing social dance to NYC schools and community based organizations while helping students develop teamwork, respect, compassion, and leadership. Through various programming, DC has evolved over the years to include culturally responsive and sustaining educational (CRSE) practices, a commitment to gender inclusion and diversity, and the expansion of both in- and out-of-school programming to connect with students in new ways. We are looking for dancers, movers, social dancers, ballroom dancers, movement explorers, dance educators…any and all who find joy in expressing through movement. Be a part of the excitement and develop your own skills by joining our Teaching Artist team!

DC is currently hiring Teaching Artists to teach our Core Program for grades 4-5 and Teaching Artists to teach our After-School Program for grades K-8. Applicants may apply to be a part of either cohort or both.

Deadline to Apply: November 28th, 2022

Application Form:

Core Program Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Possess excellent interpersonal skills 
  • Love kids
  • Ability to work on a team
  • Have a generous spirit
  • Have a sense of humor, of language, and of rhythm
  • Be willing to travel within NYC’s 5 boroughs
  • Availability to teach at least two days a week during the school year 

**Previous teaching artist experience is encouraged, but not required for the Core Program.**

After-School Program Requirements and Qualifications:

       All of the Core Program requirements listed above and…

  • 1-2 years teaching experience
  • Have expertise in at least 1-2 social dance styles
  • Possess strong classroom management skills
  • Ability to create lesson/unit plan
  • Be willing and able to adapt a curricular framework to include student’s interests and cultures

We are holding in-person auditions for TA candidates on Friday, December 2nd from 2:15-5:15pm and Saturday, December 3rd from 12-3pm (Location will be at Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn.) Please designate on the application which day(s) you are available to audition. Applicants will be notified of which day to attend. After the in-person audition, selected applicants will be asked to participate in round 2 interviews via Zoom the week of December 5th.

Applicants for the After-School Program must be available to attend a half-day training on either Thursday, December 8th (morning session) or Friday, December 9th (afternoon session).

Applicants for the Core Program must be available to attend a 5-day training December 16th-21st; 12/18 is a day off. (These dates are full day from 9am-5pm)

All TAs must commit to teaching a sequential residency at least 2 days per week in a school setting during the hours of 8am and 3pm (Core Program) and/or during the hours of 3pm-6pm (After-School Program). All TAs must be fingerprinted and pass a Dept. of Education background check, and may be asked to complete additional fingerprinting/checks for other city agencies if needed. Accepted TAs will be paid a stipend of $15/hr for training. If hired to teach a residency, TAs are paid per residency, based on a $50/hr instructional rate and $25/hr planning rate. After-school residencies will have additional planning time. Training commitment is non-negotiable. If you’re interested in being a Teaching Artist with Dancing Classrooms NYC, but are unable to commit to attending training please email Diana Pettersen ( and Yvonne Winborne ( 

To get started, complete an online application form with important information about employment with Dancing Classrooms and training schedule at


Dancing Classrooms encourages applicants of all backgrounds and identities to apply for roles that align with their own interests and career trajectory. If you meet a majority of the qualifications and see yourself in this role, we would love to see your application! Dancing Classrooms is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, dedicated to ensuring diversity in our workplace. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, parental needs, disability, gender identity or Veteran status

Issac Lopez (he/they)

A lifelong dancer and theater artist, Issac is committed to promoting the transformative power of art by placing themself at the intersection of creativity and mental wellness.

Issac Lopez (he/they)

Operations Coordinator

Issac has worked in a myriad of roles supporting multiple nonprofits around New York City. Previous to their work with Dancing Classrooms, Issac worked with New York Project Hope to help the city focus on physical and mental wellbeing while coping with challenges brought on by COVID. Other notable collaborations include The Public Theater and The Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

Along with their professional work, Issac centers their artistic work around mental wellness and community engagement. During the height of the pandemic they created Issac’s Masks, a charitable shop of hand-crafted face masks whose profits were donated to local activist organizations that supported the LGBTQ+ community and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Issac has a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. They studied acting and movement at Playwrights Horizons Theater School and the Experimental Theater Wing. When away from their computer, you can also find them growing their presence as an up-and-coming drag artist in NYC, under the persona Tella Novela.

Dance Day at the Farm

Dance Day at the Farm
Saturday, June 18, 2022 from 10am – 1pm
Free and open to all!

Dance into summer at this fun-filled, family-friendly day at the Queens County Farm Museum! Enjoy interactive dance workshops, student demonstrations, and special guest performances. Plus spend a beautiful day on the farm with hayrides, animals, a scavenger hunt, and more!

Madeline Bank (she/her)

Knowing that the study of dance changed the way she viewed the world, Madeline has always advocated for
equitable arts education and engagement.

Madeline Bank (she/her)

Development Manager

Before joining Dancing Classrooms, Madeline managed organizational collaborations at the New York City Department of Records and Information Services. She also created a robust volunteer program for the City Agency. This program enabled volunteers to virtually engage with several community projects that helped the public access all the resources offered by the Archives. Prior to her work at the Department of Records, Madeline managed the everyday operations of the Field Gallery, an art gallery on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. She has also worked at several other cultural institutions, in both administrative and curatorial capacities. Madeline earned her Bachelors degree from Connecticut College with a double major in Art History and Dance. She also gained a pre-professional curatorial Museum Studies Certificate. Madeline started learning the art of dance at age three and continued her study throughout college with a focus on choreography.

Diana Pettersen (she/her)

A former Dancing Classrooms teaching artist, Diana is a dancer, educator of NYC youth, and founder of Sans Limites Dance company.

Diana Pettersen (she/her)

Associate Director of Curriculum & Professional Development

Diana Pettersen is a Queens, New York native. For over a decade she has served NYC youth as a dance educator, working with students in grades K-12 in after-school programs, in-school arts-in-education programs, and as a full-time dance teacher for students with social, emotional, and learning disabilities. Diana first joined Dancing Classrooms in 2011 as a Teaching Artist and was a member of the last cohort trained by founder Pierre Dulaine.

In 2011, Diana founded her own dance production company and served as the Artistic Director until 2019. In addition to producing her own choreographic works, she oversaw more thanover 12 dance productions that provided 150+ guest choreographers/companies and 400+ dancers with performance opportunities.

Diana’s formal dance training includes Ballet, Flamenco, Modern, Contemporary, Ballroom/Social dance forms, Laban Movement Studies, Pilobolus-style partnering, and Contact Improvisation. An avid dancer for all her life, she has also informally studied Latin(o/a/e/x) and Hip-Hop dance styles within familial and social contexts. Diana holds a B.A. in Dance and Theater (with a concentration in Dance Therapy and minor in Psychology) from Manhattanville College. She is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Dance Education at Hunter College.

Honoring Alumni Kevin Heredia

Celebrating the Life
of Alumni Kevin Heredia

We are deeply saddened by the passing of our Alumni Kevin Heredia, who was featured in Mad Hot Ballroom while attending P.S. 115 in Washington Heights. Among his artistic accomplishments, Kevin won Best Cinematography for his work on A Sorrowful Birthday at the Virgin Spring Cinefest in February 2021. We wish his family and friends healing and love. We’re honored to have shared our Ballroom journey with Kevin. He will forever remain in our hearts.

Pictured Top Left in Mad Hot Ballroom Image

Swing Uptown! A Celebration of Dancing Classrooms and the Roaring 2020s

Join us for a memorable swing dance masterclass with our senior teaching artists and swing pros, Akemi Kinukawa and Felix Pitre. Featuring live music by a six-piece collective of jazz phenoms, The Summer Camargo Swing Band!

Friday, January 28, 2022
7 – 8:30 pm


Virtual Ticket: $25 suggested donation
Streaming link will be shared via email.

LIMITED In-Person Livestream Ticket: $50 suggested donation
Prefer to dance in-person and have the special experience of being in the livestream? We will cap our in-person guests at 20 and Covid vaccination, masks, and social distancing will be strictly enforced.

A mid-winter night swing dance party that will be the cat’s meow and get you shaking and grooving, safely, to celebrate 2022.

ALL proceeds support our work in bringing the joy and power of dance (including swing!) to K-12 students in NYC and beyond. Make a donation and join the fun on January 28th!

Read about our Featured Guests and Covid Safety Protocols!

Swing Uptown Event Host Committee: 

Carrie Shea Steinmetz, Chair

Patrice Tanaka, Vice Chair

Harry Chung, Treasurer

Hilary Wolf Bayer

John J. Entwistle

Sheila A. Hoerle

Tyrone Bazelaire

Patricia Koyce

Slava Takhalov

Lu Mejia (she/her)

Lu is a recent graduate from The New School with a BA in Culture and Media and a minor in Journalism+Design who is looking to make an impact and direct change through arts, culture and and emerging community spaces.

Lu Mejia (she/her)

Communications & Content Coordinator

Lu Mejia is a bilingual, professional dancer, journalist, writer and content editor from Colombia based in New York City. She is a recent graduate from The New School with a BA in Culture and Media and a minor in Journalism+Design who is looking to make an impact and direct change through arts, culture and and emerging community spaces.

Lu started training in musical theater at 8 years old and moved to New York City to expand her dance training by attending Broadway Dance Center’s International Student Visa Program. At this time, she also found a new passion for visual arts, writing and media, which led her to pursue both fields professionally.

Her professional experience includes working with the NYC based non-profit “The Artists Forum” as their Video and Graphics Intern, “The Dance Safe” as their graphic designer, and she is currently a Freelance Content Editor for the trilingual magazine: “Latin Trade”. Also, as a dancer, Lu is part of the contemporary-fusion dance company: “The Catastrophe!” directed by Cat Cogliandro.

Akemi Kinukawa (she/her)

Watch to learn more about Ms. Akemi:

Akemi Kinukawa (she/her)

Senior Teaching Artist

Akemi Kinukawa began working for Dancing Classrooms in 2011 and by the end of the year was nominated “Rookie of the Year.” She is originally from Japan where she didn’t have any chance to explore the art of social dancing. It was when she was welcomed into the Lindy Hop dance community in Washington, D.C. that her life changed dramatically. For this reason, she is passionate about sharing social dancing with children. She also works as a Lindy Hop choreographer and instructor. Her work, from dance pieces to dance theater, champions Lindy Hop’s spirit by educating on its history and cultural context, furthering the legacy of inclusivity. Highlights of her career include performing at the opening night of Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing in 2017 as well as performing with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis in 2016.

Dance Break!