Author Archives: Julie Diana

About Julie Diana

A former principal with Pennsylvania Ballet, Julie Diana is the executive director of Juneau Dance Theatre in Alaska.

The Technique Question

In today’s ballet world, dancers need to be adaptable. Long gone are the days when a few big companies would danceMore »

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From Barre to Center

She just retired as a principal with Pacific Northwest Ballet, but as a teenager, Maria Chapman struggled to gain controlMore »

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Shank Strategies

Super-hard shanks can make new pointe shoes feel like bricks on your feet. That’s why dancers have come up withMore »

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Are You Iron Deficient?

Do you feel overtired, have a hard time catching your breath during grand allégro or seem unable to remember theMore »

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The Next Chapter

Chances are, you’re already obsessed with Michaela DePrince. The 20-year-old has been a bona fide star ever since her appearanceMore »

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Petit Allégro Pitfalls

Pennsylvania Ballet soloist Alexander Peters has a fantastic petit allégro. His dynamic small jumps hit crystal-clear positions, with beats thatMore »

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