- Born: North York, Ontario, Canada
- Raised: Markham and Scarborough (north-eastern Toronto suburbs), Ontario, Canada
- Ethnicity: 100% Filipina (parents are from Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines)
- Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
- When she started dancing: since childhood, but took her first dance class at age 13, booked her first professional gigs age 19.
- Education: McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
- Randomness: Wore braces for 5 years, was extremely shy and quiet as a child, teased for being 'too fat to dance'.
- Favorite Quote: Slow and Steady Wins the Race
The first Filipina-Canadian to be featured in Chatelaine Magazine (Canada's #1 Magazine) as Ms. Chatelaine, and named 'one of Canada's Best Street Dancers' by CBC Music, Diana Reyes a.k.a. FLY LADY DI has been harnessing dance success for well over a decade.
Toronto born, raised and currently based, Diana lived in New York City where she was based for several years as a dancer and live painter.
Her mentors Ejoe Wilson, Buddha Stretch, Marjory Smarth and currently Sekou Heru (MOP TOP / Elite Force / Dance Fusion NYC) were with whom trained vigorously in House Dance and Hip Hop and built her foundation.
She has since worked with the world's most renowned choreographers such as Laurieann Gibson (Honey), Darrin Henson (Britney Spears), Adolfo 'Shabbadoo' Quinones ('Breakin' 1 & 2') Jae Blaze (Sean Paul) and Jamaica (Ashlee Simpson) and artists such as Jason Derulo, Kiesza, Fall Out Boy, Ashley Simpson, Ciara, MC Lyte, The Clipse, Pharrell Williams, Fabolous, and Teddy Riley to name a few.
Diana has travelled the world teaching her brand of House Dance and Waacking across Canada, Dubai, South Korea, The Philippines and India and has judged several international street dance competitions such as UDO Canadian Street Dance Championships, Hip Hop International (India) World of Dance (Toronto), Dance@Live (India) and Battle of Warriors (Philippines).
An international news darling, she has been featured on CBC’s The National, etalk, Toronto Life, TheStar.com, Indian Daily News and Analysis, The Dance Current, Audrey (LA), Trace (NY), YRB (NY), Lady Caprice (FR), LUSSW (JP), and mentions in Complex and The Village Voice.
Recently, Diana proudly wrapped up a 3-month performance contract with the Art Gallery Ontario for Chicago-based artist Theatre Gates’ ‘How to Build a House Museum’ exhibit where she gave 2-hour long solo performances before a public audience. She was also a finalist in the Vancouver Street Dance Festival 2016 House Dance category as well as Champion in the Rebellion Ball Waacking Category at Toronto Pride 2016. As a battler, she has also been a finalist in Seoul, South Korea (Alleyoop vol 2) and a Semi-Finalist before judges Caleaf Sellers (MOP TOP), Yugson Hawks (Serial Stepperz, Paris) and Mamson (Serial Stepperz, Paris). She has also received grants from Canada Council for the Arts as well as the Ontario Arts Council to aid in her progress as a dance artist.
Reyes currently choreographs for highly acclaimed recording artist Maylee Todd as well as Filipino folk-fusion dance troupe Hataw, tribal electro-fusion band Datu as well as HanHan (Tagalog rapping female MC) who are all gaining popularity, performing at venues such as the Royal Ontario Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Institute of Chicago, as well as garnering loud international buzz on social media through their visually striking music videos.
Diana wishes to continue being a student, gaining knowledge of herself and finding new and interesting ways of expressing herself and continue travelling, spreading her passion for dance and the arts in her own unique and powerful way across the globe.
Diana Reyes aka FLY LADY DI is a Toronto-native visual artist known best for live paintings in New York. Her paintings garnered much attention and international press. Events like “Donuts are Forever 2″ (Tribute to J.Dilla), Complex Magazine’s “Hip Rock Reggae” (featuring other acts like Kid Cudi and Mickey Factz), Art Battles and AfroPunk all helped her gain press in magazines such as Audrey Magazine (LA), TRACE (NYC) in three consecutive issues, YRB (NYC) where she was featured in both 2008 and 2010, LUSSW (Tokyo, Japan) and Lady Caprice (Paris, France), and the Village Voice. Her popularity also soared online, being featured in such online publications as Honey Magazine, Clutch Magazine, Philippine News, Black Star News, Bandit Magazine (based in Paris) and Swizz Beatz’ Swizz World where she was listed as a ‘Popular Post’ for 2 consecutive weeks. Her latest art showings were at the Art Gallery of Ontario for Manifesto’s All Art Everything as well she performed a live painting on MuchMusic’s RapCity for Manifesto’s 5-year Anniversary. Diana continues to be recognized for her visual arts skills and is currently embarking upon new projects with various organizations. Diana has also taught visual arts with non-profit organizations such as UNITY Charity and Art Starts TO to name a few. She loves to share and teach her art knowledge to the youth – in order to enlighten and empower them through self-expression. Di hopes to continue to spread her artistic passions worldwide.
PROFESSIONAL RESUME(S) COMING SOON!