Diana OsorioDiana Osorio | Instructor
Diana started her life on stage at the young age of 9, as a saxophonist and vocalist, performing at local events. A graduate of the first performing art school in the nation, Arts High School in New Jersey, Diana is known for her versatility in the Arts.
At the age of 13 she began competing in the Emmy Award winning show, NJN Hispanic Youth Showcase, as a vocalist. Not long after her crave for competition began, a family member introduced Diana to MDN Latin Dance Studio in 2005 at the age of 15. She began to learn Salsa on2 for the first time, and made dance one of her new talents, and strengthns. After 4 years of competing, in 2009, she finally gained victory in the Teen Dance category as a soloist in her last year eligible to compete.
In 2005, her vocals were put to the test, she sang with living legend, and prodigy, Paquito D’ Rivera.
February of 2007, Diana was given the opportunity to show her ability to be on camera and interviewed Grammy award winner Victor Manuelle, Don Omar, Eddie Palmieri, and a TV News host from Telemundo, at Victor’s first concert at Madison Square Garden, El Concierto de Amor. She was only 15 years old.
At the age of 16, she was asked to be the lead roll in an NJN (New Jersey Network) documentary special, THE GOLDEN AGE OF DANCE, playing the roll of the late Mambo Queen, Mille Donay. Through this documentary she was able to give tribute to those of the past, and find her style as one of the classy and elegant ladies of today.
In 2007 Diana became an advocate for against Teen Drinking and Driving, and one of the opening acts for El Gran Combo at the Puerto Rican Day Parade.
In 2008 through 2009, Diana worked for the Newark Boys and Girls Club of America, instructing their First Salsa Dance Class for the kids, making the front page of the Star Ledger with her students.
In the summer of 2009, she Performed at the New York international salsa Congress, dancing on stage for the first as Marcus Nieves’s partner with the New York/ Italy dance team, Latin soul Dancers (LSD) directed by World Renowned Instructor and Former Eddie Torres Dancer, Adolfo Indacochea. In March of 2010, Marcus Nieves and Diana continued their journey together as partners at the first New Jersey International Salsa Congress. In the summer of 2010, Marcus and Diana returned to the NYISC only to compete. With an unfortunate loss, they worked harder and won first place in November of 2010 in NYC’s Club Cache during the qualification round for the World Latin Dance Cup ON2 division.
Marcus Nieves & Diana Osorio
- Winner of the NJN Hispanic Youth Showcase Teen Dance Category- May 2009
- 1st Place Qualification Round for World Latin Dance Cup in Club Cache- 11/11/10
- Competed in the New York Salsa Congress On2 Division - Sept 2010
- 1st Couple from NJ to qualify for the World Latin Dance Cup On2 Semi Finals- 12/17/10
- 3rd Place winner of New York International Salsa Congress On2 Division- Sept 2011
- 4th Place in the World Latin Dance Cup 2011 On2 Division - Dec 2011