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.

Madeleine Gardella

With perfectly arched feet and a petite frame, 14-year-old Madeleine Gardella looks like a jewelry box ballerina. She stands justMore »

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Pain in the…

Every dancer, at some point, is faced with physical pain. Fractured bones, inflamed tendons and muscle strains seem to comeMore »

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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 aMore »

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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 firstMore »

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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 thanMore »

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Dancing Forsythe

There I stood, center stage, during a performance of William Forsythe’s In the middle, somewhat elevated. Rehearsals for the balletMore »

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