B.A. Art History from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
M.A. Dance Education from New York University, NY, NY
Lamaze Certification from Lamaze International
Fitness Trainer Certification from Marymount Manhattan College, NY, NY
Certified Pilates Instructor


Lamaze Instructor at the 92nd Street Y, for Morgan Stanley and at Mount Sinai West Hospital
Infant Massage instructor at the 92nd Street Y
In-home Personal Trainer


Professional Modern Dancer, Limon technique
Manager and exercise instructor at the Jon Devlin Dancercize studio on the Upper East Side
Director of Pre and Post Natal Exercise at the Elisabeth Bing Center for Parents (Ms. Bing is the co-founder of Lamaze International)
Lamaze Instructor for Elisabeth Bing
Owner of Family Focus, Inc, a  parenting center on East 86th Street (1983-1994)
Lamaze Instructor for Lenox Hill Hospital


Diana Simkin is the author of The Complete Pregnancy Exercise Program (New American Library, 1980), The Complete Baby Exercise Program (New American Library, 1985), and co-author, with Beverly Savage, of Preparation for Birth: The Complete Guide to the Lamaze Method, (Ballantine Books, 1990) Buy on


France (8 times), England (2 times), various Caribbean islands (14 times), Italy (3 times), Japan, Thailand, Bali, Singapore, China, Machu Picchu, the Galapagos, Scotland, Ireland, Amsterdam, Belgium, and a river cruise on the Danube from Budapest to Prague.


I LOVE:  family, friends, teaching, travel, dancing, French food, Carribean water, lilacs, reading (especially 19th Century English novels) the TV shows Survivor, American Crime, So You think You Can Dance, and movies.
I DO NOT LOVE: Second hand smoke, aggressive drivers, noisy restaurants, beer, getting lost, ice storms and the dark cold days of winter.