Author Archives: Julie Diana

About Julie Diana

Julie Diana is a principal dancer with Pennsylvania Ballet. She holds a BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania and writes for various dance publications.

Mastering Adagio

In Act II of Giselle, the ballerina stands center stage and dances an adagio—without a partner. She has to control … Continue reading

Posted in Ballet, How To

I Love Going Out to Eat!

You’re at a Mexican restaurant with some friends, and the food looks amazing. You see nachos smothered in cheese, giant … Continue reading

Posted in Nutrition, Your Body

Chaînés for Days

Watching Misa Kuranaga, a principal dancer at Boston Ballet, whip through a diagonal of chaîné turns with unbelievable speed is … Continue reading

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Best in Class

You get all the lead roles and your teachers always ask you to demonstrate. You’ve taken top titles at competitions … Continue reading

Posted in Mind, Your Body

Working One-on-One

When Pennsylvania Ballet corps member Elizabeth Wallace was in seventh grade, she decided to enroll in private lessons with her … Continue reading

Posted in New Stories We Love, Uncategorized

Dancing Robbins

I’ve just made my entrance in Jerome Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun, stepping onstage into a set designed to look … Continue reading

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