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.

Making School Work

Gone are the days when dancers had to choose between a professional career and a college education. Now, even the … Continue reading

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Hop to It!

You’re at a performance of Giselle, watching the ballerina hop on pointe during her Act I variation like it’s the … Continue reading

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Road Warriors: Surviving Life on Tour

Teresa Espinosa was 23 when she booked her first major world tour. It was Janet Jackson’s Velvet Rope Tour, which … Continue reading

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How to Dance in a Tutu

Shortly after joining San Francisco Ballet at 16, I wore my first real tutu: a gorgeous white number for George … Continue reading

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Web Bonus: Tutu Care

(Click here to check out “How to Dance in a Tutu.”) Cleaning the skirt: Don’t get the netting or the … Continue reading

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Background Ballerinas

You’ve finally been cast in Coppélia, and you’re thrilled! Before the show, you spend extra time on your hair and … Continue reading

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