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.

Wrap Artist

Sur le cou-de-pied (French for “on the neck of the foot”) can be so confusing. Sometimes it’s wrapped. Sometimes it’s … Continue reading

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The Comparison Trap

Hilary Harrison always looked up to her best friend, Kayla, the star of the Michelle Latimer Dance Academy in Colorado. … Continue reading

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On Balance: How to Nail Long Balances

Few things top that jaw-dropping moment when a ballerina hits a balance—and just stays. And when you’re over your leg … Continue reading

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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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