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Gudat, Diane

Diane Gudat is a freelance writer, teacher and choreographer from Indianapolis, Indiana. She now teaches at the studio she owned, The Dance Company, for more than 26 years and has been a dance educator for more than 40 years.

She is the author of seven dance books specifically designed for the dance teacher: “The Time Step Dictionary” Volumes One and Two, “Acrobatics for the Dance Studio”, “Variables for Teaching Tap”, “Music Theory for the Dance Studio”, and her latest series of books, “Step by Step; Book One; Beginning and Advanced Beginning”, “Step by Step: Book Two; Intermediate and Advanced Intermediate”. She also has also produced the Flash Tap product line including Flash Tap Cramproll and Time Step Cards. She is a contributor to Dance Studio Life magazine and appears on

Diane has taught for Teacher’s Training Schools all over the United States and Canada. She has served as a faculty member for numerous regional and national conventions and workshops, has been a guest artist and award-winning choreographer for many private studios, companies and musicals. She is an adjudicator, special awards judge and host for many regional and national dance competitions.

Diane served as a coach for the 2002 World Champion USA Tap team, is an internationally certified judge and recently judged the 2013 IDO World Tap Championships in Riesa, Germany. She has taught and adjudicated for American Dance Awards in South Africa and runs a teacher’s training school in Pretoria, South Africa.

She was the recipient of the 2009 CNADM Artistic Achievement Award and received the 2010 Friendship Award from American Dance Awards.

Diane’s commitment to continuing education has inspired her to gather, organize, and share information for the next generation of dance educators and performers.


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