Articles by Julie Diana
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
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
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
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
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