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.

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

Posted in Ballet, How To

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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When I Grow Up

Do you ever wonder about life after dance? Whether you’ve been dancing for two years or two decades, the time … Continue reading

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Perfect Piqués

It’s the end of class, and you’re whipping through a diagonal of piqué turns. You spin across the floor as … Continue reading

Posted in Ballet, How To