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.

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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Julie Diana

With her polished technique and serenely regal stage presence, Julie Diana is elegance personified. Originally from Summit, NJ, Diana studied … Continue reading

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Pointe Shoes 101

I slept in my first pair of pointe shoes. At least, I tried to sleep in them. I actually woke … Continue reading

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Lauren Fadeley: Pennsylvania Prodigy

Draped in yellow chiffon and crowned with pin curls and daisies, Lauren Fadeley lies on the floor center stage and … Continue reading

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