We had the good fortune of connecting with Katia Diamond and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Katia, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
I think of myself as a type A personality. I am always dreaming and planning something for my future. I literally can’t stop moving so being a dancer truly fits me. I also don’t want to miss out on anything in my life so I plan and usually have plan A,B, C and sometimes even D. Haha!! I also love to read motivational and inspirational books that keep me focused on my dreams. One that I am reading right now, that I would love to recommend to the audience reading this is “Be water, My friend” by Shannon Lee. You will love it! I also try to live an extremely healthy life style and that starts by eating extremely healthy! I sincerely think food is life and it not only affects our physical heath but also our mental health. I don’t eat any gluten, milk, or fried foods and I stay away from sugar. I primarily eat wild caught fish, free range eggs and lots of fruits and vegetables on a regular basis.
Another habit I do that helps me a lot is Meditation. I find a quiet place to just be alone with myself and the peace and relaxation this brings me is priceless. I am a very spiritual person and want to continue growing into the best version of myself. I don’t know what the future will bring but I will always try and make it as great as I can for me and everyone around me. I try my best to enjoy every moment and live fully in the present. Live your best life, do what you love and love what you do!!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am an Argentine Tango Instructor, Performer & Adjudicator. In addition, I am the founder of Milonga Magnifica (an Argentine Tango dance party) that I host the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of every month in San Diego. I am also producing an Argentine Tango stage show called “Tango Burlesque” that is scheduled to debut in 2023. As you can see Argentine Tango is my passion and it has brought me so much joy and rewarding moments throughout my life.
I love what I do because I feel that through my dancing and my events, I make people happy and help them grow as individuals. I believe life is short and we need to enjoy every moment and what better way to do that than to live your dream every day! I honestly could not love my job more!! I love to inspire people through my performances and see them smile and have fun at all my Milongas and events.
Most of all as their teacher I love to see my students grow and follow their dreams and achieve their own successes in dance and every aspect of their lives. My students always tell me how much they love me and how grateful they are for me. But I am truly grateful for each and every one of them and they give me just as much happiness and joy in return in so many ways. Some examples are:
• I have watched as many of my previously shy students, with support and encouragement, came out of their shell through tango and became more confident on the dance floor and in everything they do in life.
• I have seen many depressed people find joy and start to smile again.
• I have seen many of my group class students find the love of their life in my classroom and actually get married. I have choreographed many of their wedding dances and have watched them walk down the aisle together and start a new life and adventure as a couple.
• I help my senior students keep their minds and memories stimulated by challenging them with exercises and patterns that requires their concentration and focus.
• I see many of my younger teenage students grow and become respectful adults.
• I have trained students for dance competitions and have experienced so much joy to see the happiness and sense of accomplishment on their faces when they proudly competed and succeeded.
I always take a video of all my new students taking their first tango lesson with me. Then months later I watch it with them and I love to see their faces when they realize how far they’ve come. To see their expression when they watch their first video and then compare it to today and realize how much progress they’ve made, is absolutely priceless to me!
I feel I am living my dream and the life I was supposed to live because I get to wake up every day and do what I love the most. Tango is very special and different than many other dances. It’s a conversation between two people through using body language! To succeed in tango you have to learn to be very attuned with your own body and also the body of the person you are dancing with. It’s very much like meditating with another person and each dance is a new opportunity to provide a unique improvisational expression and interpretation of the music. You have to be so present in order to understand it and fully enjoy it. It’s truly rewarding and amazing and can be best described as the perfect movement of two individuals moving in perfect sync!
I consider myself a very happy & positive person filled with joy & love for others around me. My life was not always easy and on the contrary I have had a very difficult past. My father died when I was a baby. I was separated from my mother and sister when I was 11 years old due to economic circumstances and I was sent to live with my uncle and his wife in the United States. They were very difficult and unhappy people that took advantage of the situation and were very abusive towards me for the 10 years I lived with them. When I was a teenager, I worked full-time in 3 different jobs to get away from them as much as possible and also help support my mom and sister in Bolivia. One of my few happy moments while living with them was when my uncle’s friend somehow convinced him to let me go see a Tango show with his daughter who happened to be my age. The show was the famous Broadway hit “Forever Tango.” It was the moment that my life changed forever! I loved it so much that I forgot all about my problems and made a wish that came from very deep in my heart. I wished that if one day I could be on a big stage like that, feel the lights on my face, dance free like them and inspire people to make them forget all of their problems just like I had, I would be the happiest girl in the word! So for everyone reading this that is dealing with adversity and challenges in their lives, never stop dreaming. If you truly want something bad enough, dreams can come true!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love San Diego and think it is the most beautiful city in the United States with some of the most wonderful people I have ever met. There are so many amazing places to see from the many spectacular beaches to Balboa Park, Coronado and more. But one of my favorite places is La Jolla and I love the restaurant George’s at the Cove. Whenever I have friends visiting, it’s my favorite spot to take them. Not only because the food is amazing but also because on the upstairs terrace you have some of the best views of the ocean and sunset. Afterwards you can walk around downtown La Jolla and shop at many of the beautiful shops, look at the gorgeous art galleries or just walk along the beach and witness one of the most magical sunsets on earth. The whole area is just fantastic!!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
When I was 20 years old I met my amazing husband Barry and got married to him a year later when I turned 21. It was the best decision of my life and now we have been happily married for 15 years! He is the most encouraging and supportive person I have ever known and he is my number 1 fan! I owe so much of my success to him because he has truly been the wind beneath my wings! Thank you my sweetheart – I love you with all my heart!!
Daniel Roffo, Alex Castro, Felipe Telona Jr