Diane Virginia Shaw (Gainesville, FL) is native of southern California and currently resides with her husband, Andy Kane, and two sons, Collin and Ryland, in Gainesville, Florida. Music and dance have been a vital part of her community, and the fabric of her life, starting with middle school cotillion class in Newport Beach, moving eastward to contra dancing and zweifachers at the Chocolate Church in Bath, Maine. Following completion of Maine graduate school, Diane moved to Baltimore, Maryland where she met her husband, Andy Kane, dancing contras at Lovely Lane Church. While working a “real job” as a legislative analyst and liaison to the Governor’s office in Maryland, Diane remained active with local dances at Lovely Lane and in DC, as well as at East coast dance camps including Buffalo Gap, BFMS Catoctin Mountain weekends. She expanded her dancing passions to include rapper and Appalachian clogging while dancing with Cub Hill Cloggers, Stumpjumpers (Pedantics) and Charm City Rapper. Over the past 15 years, she has made annual family sojourns to CDSS-sponsored summer family camps at Pinewoods and Ogontz, and has also contributed to Pinewoods Family Camp programs.
As a Floridian, Diane is engaged in lower school education as an assistant 3rd grade teacher. This opportunity has allowed her to share traditional English ritual dances in the classroom as a pathway to support student teamwork and building student confidence. Further, she augments school curricula with English and American folk dance, often with her sons as musicians and her husband as caller. Diane continues to participate in Morris dancing, step dancing and ritual dancing at local venues such as the Florida Folk Festival. She brings to CDSS her outreach and education skills, and shared passion for community-based traditional music and dance.