With her polished technique and serenely regal stage presence, Julie Diana is elegance personified. Originally from Summit, NJ, Diana studied with the New Jersey Ballet for five years before moving on to the prestigious School of American Ballet in NYC. In 1993, she joined San Francisco Ballet, where she was made soloist in 1997 and principal in 2000. She wowed California audiences in classical works like Giselle and contemporary pieces like Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia, but she shone especially brightly in the works of George Balanchine, particularly Symphony in C and Apollo. In 2004, Diana made a cross-country jump to Pennsylvania Ballet, where she continues to perform as a principal dancer. Today, Diana wears many different hats: Not only is she wife to fellow PAB principal Zachary Hench and mom to 1-year-old daughter Riley, but she’s also a talented writer—for DS, no less! —Margaret Fuhrer
Stop! Just for a second. Take a breath. Actually, take a break. You work hard, and your perseverance will pay off, but you need to relax and enjoy every moment. The time passes by so quickly—you will travel around the world and back before you realize what an incredible life ballet has afforded you.
Keep a journal. Record inspirational experiences, like the way it feels to dance in such beautiful theaters as the Paris Opera House and Covent Garden. Write down what it feels like to perform the role of Juliet for the first time. One day, when you’re lacking motivation and feeling frustrated by daily struggles, you’ll be grateful to have these tangible memories.
Trust yourself! You’ll be given tremendous opportunities and you should believe that you deserve them. Never stop setting goals. Keep your bubble—the imaginary one surrounding you that deflects negative energy—intact. Be prepared for the unexpected, follow your heart and keep smiling. The future will be more fulfilling than you can possibly imagine!
Your more mature self,
From top: Photo by Sasha Iziliaev; courtesy Julie Diana
Since the NYC premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's Whipped Cream at American Ballet Theatre's spring gala Monday night, the DS editors haven't stopped talking about its creepy-cute sets and costumes, created by artist Mark Ryden. Well, the obsession is about to get even crazier, because we just heard that Ryden's artwork for the ballet is now on display in not one, but TWO locations in NYC.
Yes, yes, we know: Dancers are athletes as well as artists. But we haven't seen anything hammer home just HOW athletic dancers are quite as well as this video from Self magazine, which features American Ballet Theatre principal/fairy princess Isabella Boylston trying to teach top-level CrossFit enthusiasts ballet.
There's a reason Mia Michaels' nickname is "Mama Mia." The legendary choreographer invests deeply in her dancers, whether they're competitors on "So You Think You Can Dance," members of the Radio City Rockettes, or part of her own elite assistant squad. And now, Michaels is launching a project that aims to give more dancers access to her gifts as a teacher and mentor.
And that's a wrap on "Dancing with the Stars" Season 24, ladies and gents! It's certainly been one for the books. From injuries to shocking eliminations, let's just say Season 24 has had its emotional ups and downs. But despite all that, the season made for some seriously phenom dancing and some killer performances. And as usual, we've loved watching every second of those cha chas, foxtrots, and waltzes.
Let's get right to the exciting stuff, though: Last night's winning couple of "Dancing with the Stars" is...
Nearly 80,000 dance-loving Instagram followers can't be wrong: Quinn Starner is one to watch. And what's just as impressive as the 15-year-old's rabid online following is her ever-growing list of competition accolades. Quinn, who trains at Indiana Ballet Conservatory and Stars Dance Company, been named first runner-up at The Dance Awards for two years in a row (as a junior and a teen); was the 2016 West Coast Dance Explosion Teen National Champion; earned first place in contemporary and third place in the classical division at Youth America Grand Prix Regionals in Pittsburgh last year; has won the Grand Prix Award at ADC|IBC; and was a gold medalist at World Ballet Art Competition Grand Prix. Plus, she made it to the Academy round on last year's "So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation," and has performed as Clara in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Here's what Quinn has to say about her favorite songs, teachers, and career highlights.
Want a chance to get personally involved in the HOTLY anticipated TV show "World of Dance"? Of course you do. That's why J. Lo. and the rest of the "WOD" team have launched an interactive version of the upcoming NBC series that lets Snapchatters get in on the action.
On Saturday morning, Russell Horning—aka 15-year-old Instagram king @i_got_barzz—was already kind of famous. His admittedly bad but weirdly mesmerizing dance videos had earned him shoutouts from the likes of Rihanna (and dance tributes from the likes of Josh Killacky).
But by Sunday morning? By Sunday morning, Russell Got Barzz had reached an entirely different level of memedom. Because Katy Perry tapped the teen—signature backpack and all—to perform "Swish Swish" with her on "Saturday Night Live." And the internet lost its darn mind.
If, like me, you've ever wondered (and wondered) how that stunning opening scene in La La Land came together, do we have a treat for you.