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Articles by Julie Diana

Private Lessons

February 1, 2014 by

Guidelines for working one-on-one

A student at Ellison Ballet in New York City couldn’t keep up with the rest of his classmates. Although he had talent and drive, he was frequently distracted and unable to concentrate. But … Continue reading

Playing Catch-Up

August 30, 2013 by

Addressing the needs of late-starters
Jenna Savella, a second soloist with The National Ballet of Canada, didn’t get serious about ballet until she was 15. When she auditioned for Canada’s National Ballet School, she was placed … Continue reading

Pre-Pointe Class

July 1, 2013 by

Boost your curriculum to prepare dancers for pointe work.
Wearing ballet slippers with satin ribbons attached, young girls practice relevé facing the barre, while Martha Goodman of Atlanta Ballet’s Centre for Dance Education makes adjustments. She … Continue reading

Making It Stick

May 1, 2013 by

Help your dancers learn choreography faster.
You’re setting choreography on your class and most of the students are picking it up. One dancer, though, is having difficulty remembering the steps. You review the material several times, … Continue reading

Character Building

April 1, 2013 by

Coaching the artistry of three popular ballet variations
In a professional production, Giselle’s Act I variation is set in a small forest village. Trees and a cottage fill the scene as she joyously dances for family … Continue reading

No Pain, No Gain

March 1, 2013 by

Help students build and maintain stamina.
When it comes to physicality, dancers are athletes. Watch a New York Knicks game, for example, and you’ll see the Knicks City Dancers work just as hard as the basketball … Continue reading