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.

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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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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