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Dec 19, 2022

Diana Byer

This week Ivy Slater, host of Her Success Story, chats with her guest, Diana Byer. The two talk about the lessons and life skills that New York Theatre Ballet School offers, why she is such an advocate for the arts, and the impact they have seen in all of their students.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Diana’s background and her journey from performer to businesswoman and advocate for the arts
  • How a 3-month project turned into a 44-year career
  • What compelled the scholarship program, LIFT, to begin
  • What makes this more than a dance class
  • Lessons and life skills New York Theatre Ballet School offers
  • How they navigated through the pandemic
  • The impact Diana has seen in the students
  • What surprises she has found along the way
  • How the idea for the LIFT movie started and when it will release
  • Diana’s vision for the future and how she hopes to relieve the problem of homelessness in communities everywhere

Diana Byer is the founder and Artistic Director Emerita of New York Theatre Ballet (NYTB) and Director of New York Theatre Ballet School. A former professional dancer, she was a long-time pupil and colleague of Margaret Craske, who was Director of Ballet Instruction at New York Theatre Ballet School until her retirement. Byer is a répétiteur for The Antony Tudor Trust, a member of the Board of Directors of the Dance Notation Bureau and the Clive and Valerie Barnes Foundation, an Education Ambassador for The New York Pops. She has also served on the Dance Portal Advisory Board of The Children’s Museum of Manhattan. She has staged the ballets of Antony Tudor for American Ballet Theatre (ABT) and The Hartt School, and the ballets of Agnes de Mille for the Alabama Ballet and ABT. She also coached the principals for the Columbia Pictures film, Center Stage. In 1988, Ms. Byer founded NYTB’s community LIFT program, providing dance classes, scholarships, and services to homeless and at-risk New York City children. (She has received the Helen Wieselberg Award from the National Arts Club and a Humanitarian Hero recognition from Good Housekeeping Magazine for her ongoing work with LIFT.) A feature-length film, documenting Byer’s journey of LIFT was featured at the 2022 Tribeca Festival.