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.

Big Fish in a Little Pond

If you’re a talented small-town ballet student, you’ve probably wondered: Should I leave my local studio to study at a … Continue reading

Posted in Ballet, How To

Kiss and Tell

When Galen Hooks danced with Ne-Yo at the 2010 American Music Awards, they paused mid-routine—and kissed. “It was the first … Continue reading

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Warming Up

When it comes time to perform, you can’t wait to be onstage. But preparing for a show takes more than … Continue reading

Posted in Fitness, Your Body

Dancing Forsythe

There I stood, center stage, during a performance of William Forsythe’s In the middle, somewhat elevated. Rehearsals for the ballet … Continue reading

Posted in Ballet, How To

Snap, Crackle, Pop!

Ever notice it often sounds like someone’s popping bubble wrap at the start of a ballet class? Knees click and … Continue reading

Posted in Health, Your Body

5 Reasons Not to Diet Through Your Teen Years

Sarah wanted to be a professional dancer. But when she turned 14, she realized her body was changing—something all teens … Continue reading

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