Gudat, Diane

Diane Gudat is a freelance writer, teacher, coach and choreographer  from Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.  She now teaches at the studio she owned,  for more than 28 years and has been a dance educator for more than 50 years.

She is the author of seven dance books specifically designed for the dance teacher: The Time Step Dictionary Volumes One and Two, Acrobatics for the Dance Studio, Variables for Teaching Tap, Music Theory for the Dance Studio, and her latest series of books, Step by Step; Book One; Beginning and Advanced Beginning, Step by Step: Book Two; Intermediate and Advanced Intermediate,  She also has also produced the Flash Tap product line including Flash Tap Cramproll and Time Step Cards.  She was a contributor to Dance Studio Life Magazine and appeared on

Diane has taught for Teacher’s Training Schools all over the United States, Canada and South Africa.  She has served as a faculty member for numerous regional and national conventions and workshops, has been a guest artist and award-winning choreographer for many private studios, companies and musicals.  She is an adjudicator, special awards judge and host for many regional and national dance competitions.

Diane is an internationally certified judge and has judged the 2013, 2016, 2019 and 2022 IDO World Tap Championships in Germany and Croatia.  She has taught and adjudicated for American Dance Awards and Dance International in South Africa.
She is director of curriculum and principal of Dance Universe Teacher’s Training Program, a graded system of dance designed for studios all over South Africa.

Diane has been honored with lifetime memberships in both the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters and the Dance Teacher’s Club of Boston.
She was the recipient of the 2009 CNADM Artistic Achievement Award, received the 2010 Friendship Award from American Dance Awards and most recently was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from Dance Life Teacher Conference.

Diane’s commitment to continuing education has inspired her to gather, organize and share information for the next generation of Dance Educators and performers..