Dina's writing is a reflection of felt experience, an exploration of the external world and inner landscapes. Her training in classical ballet and contemporary movement has shaped her to see dance as a way of thinking with the body and writing as a medium to organize words, to "think on the page." She seeks to tap into the flow of feelings and intuition which filter from the corporeal to the written word and back again. This interplay between the physical and literary informed Dina's first book, A Dancer's Diary: Around the World in Thirteen Dances (2017) which combined travel, memoir and dance essays from her adventures and dance experiences around the globe. In 2021, Dina self-published Birds of a Feather, A Memoir, about growing up as a grandchild of Hungarian immigrants in a family of six girls, a household that was harrowing, hilarious and manic, but never boring. Most recently, Dina was honored to have her first children's book Tammy the Troll, A Dance in the Forest, (2023) published by Once Upon a Dance. A dance activity book for youngsters aged three to seven, it is a delightful adventure story of friends who set out into a forest to find Tammy, a shy troll who lives in a hollowed out tree. It was a recommended read/2023 by Dance Teacher magazine and Kirkus Reviews called it a "delightful narrative...children will find the story charming." Reedsy Discovery gave it five stars.
Dina loves solitude, hiking, travel, identifying the birds in the Pacific Northwest forests, and watching the clouds shift over the Olympic Mountains near her home. She is always getting ready to dance, to teach or to write.
After earning her B.F.A. in dance from The Juilliard School, Dina performed Off-Broadway and in the downtown New York contemporary dance scene for five years. Upon graduating with an M.F.A. from Arizona State University, Dina pursued a teaching career, serving on the dance faculties of University of Oklahoma, Kansas State University, Stephens College and Oakland University and later taught at community centers, public school residencies, and in detention centers. In 1997, she received a GIRAFFE Award, for her arts programming work with community youth in Seattle. Her career has encompassed dancing, teaching, choreographing, dance writing and serving as artistic director and co-founder of LEAVING GROUND/DANCE, which performed throughout the U. S. and Canada. Since 2001, she has served on the faculty of Pacific Northwest Ballet School, where she teaches the very youngest dancers, aged 4-8. Dina has attended writer's retreats in Finland and Costa Rica.