The Turning Point
Diana Movius—policy wonk by day, dancer by night—
brings her bold contemporary ballet company to Silver Spring
The Bethesda area is filled with
overachievers: 60-hour-a-week prosecutors running weekend marathons; full-time teachers operating cake-baking businesses on the side; congressional staffers
spending late nights in choir practice.
Diana Movius makes them all look
A consultant specializing in interna-
By Lisa Traiger
tional climate policy at The World Bank
in the District, Movius founded and
directs MOVEIUS Contemporary Ballet, an up-and-coming company settling
in Silver Spring this fall.
At 5 feet 11 inches, Movius comes across
as a powerhouse of a dancer, with a fringe
of brown bangs punctuating a high fore-
head and a conversational style that evokes
the policy wonk more than the dancer. A
Charlotte native, Movius started dancing
at age 5. But rather than pursuing dance
as a career, she decided to study sociology
at Harvard before transferring to Stanford.
There, she took classes in environmen-
tal issues and choreography, though she
earned her degree in anthropology.
After college, Movius researched eco-
“We see ourselves
as a catalyst and
also as a presenter”
of new contemporary ballet works,
Diana Movius says.