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.

Perfect Penchées

When done well, a serene penchée can be magical. But while it’s meant to look effortless, the extended arabesque isMore »

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Making It Stick

Joffrey Ballet dancer Jeraldine Mendoza was thrilled to be cast as Juliet in Krzysztof Pastor’s Romeo and Juliet—but her excitementMore »

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Gluten-Free Craze

Gluten is a buzzword in the dance world—and the world at large. Lots of dancers are going gluten-free, hoping itMore »

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Cross-Training 2.0

George Balanchine’s Agon is one of the hardest ballets for dancers to learn, thanks mostly to its incredibly complex score.More »

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Health Myths: Busted!

Does your mom say you’ll catch a cold if you go outside with wet hair in winter? Have you heardMore »

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Mastering Adagio

In Act II of Giselle, the ballerina stands center stage and dances an adagio—without a partner. She has to controlMore »

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