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.

How to Nail Your Audition Video

Auditioning for summer intensives in person may be the ideal—but for Anna McDowell, a 16-year-old student at Juneau Dance TheatreMore »

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Strength In Numbers

In 2015, Mishay Petronelli was one of nine dancers to book a spot on Janet Jackson’s Unbreakable world tour. AfterMore »

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Walk (and Run) This Way

When dancers audition for Paul Taylor Dance Company, they’re often thrown by one particular request: to walk across the studioMore »

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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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