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.

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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The Dish on Paleo

The Paleo, or “caveman,” diet is a growing trend in the dance world and beyond. Many dancers are turning toMore »

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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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