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.

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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A New Era for The Joffrey Ballet

During its first season, in 1956, The Joffrey Ballet was a group of six dancers touring the U.S. in a … Continue reading

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Ballet Competitions 101

Picture this: It’s 1990, and Jose Manuel Carreño, a young, relatively unknown Cuban ballet student, has just wowed the judges … Continue reading

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