Diana Stanton

Professor, Head of the Dance Program
Assistant Director of Orchesis Dance Company


  • DANC132 Beginning Modern (Winter 2020)
  • DANC221 Dance Appreciation (Fall 2019 & Spring 2020)
  • DANC232 Intermediate Modern (Fall 2019, Winter & Spring 2020)
  • DANC/TH280 Body Awareness and Expression (Spring 2020)
  • DANC332 Contemporary Repertory (Fall 2019)
  • DANC340 Dance Composition (Winter 2020)
  • DANC341 Dance Concert Practicum (Spring 2020)
  • DANC345 Orchesis (Fall 2019)

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Areas of Expertise

dance, modern dance, choreography, composition, dance film, dance in education, orchesis, body awareness, collaboration

About Diana Stanton

Diana Stanton ( Professor of Dance at Cal Poly SLO directs the Dance Program within the Theatre and Dance Department. She directed the Orchesis Dance Company from 2009-2014 and has choreographed for Cal Poly Music department’s RSVP Performance and the Cal Poly Symphony. Her Dances for the Camera, “Breaking Bread,” and "State of Grace," were selected for screening at several film festivals in the US including the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival. Diana was also the Co-Founder, and Co-Artistic Director of Variable Velocity Performance Group in San Luis Obispo, CA where she created original choreography for more than 12 years. She received an M.F.A. in Dance from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a B.A. in Dance from the University of California, Irvine. Her choreography has been presented professionally in venues including: UpSide Dance Company in Healdsburg, CA, Jumpbrush Pacific Dance Convergence, San Luis Obispo, CA; Choreography Under the Stars at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert; UC Irvine; CU Boulder Boulder; Jazz Dance Workshop; Dancers for Life, a benefit for AIDS at Riverside Community College; Cal Poly; Allan Hancock College; the L.A. Open Festival; and several American College Dance Festivals throughout the U.S. In addition to teaching at Cal Poly, Diana has also taught classes and Master Classes at Riverside Community College, Allan Hancock College, PCPA, Cuesta College, CU Boulder and the Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop. She was a founding member and Artist for the first Jumpbrush Pacific Dance Convergence in San Luis Obispo, CA in 2010, and again for the festival in 2012 where she was a featured performer in Joe Goode’s “Excerpts from When Things Fall Apart.” Diana focuses on released athleticism, contact improvisation and inverted techniques in her teaching and choreography.


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