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 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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Snap, Crackle, Pop!

Ever notice it often sounds like someone’s popping bubble wrap at the start of a ballet class? Knees click andMore »

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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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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 teensMore »

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