Articles by Julie Diana
Ballet may never be the first love of your competition dancers, but they can learn to like it.
At Westchester Dance Academy in Mt. Kisco, New York, lyrical class starts with a warm-up in center. … Continue reading
Help students find the right approach to storytelling.
Since the 18th century, choreographers have used pantomime to help tell stories. Ballets like Giselle, La Sylphide and The Sleeping Beauty have iconic pantomime scenes, where rather than … Continue reading
Help students find balance on relevé.
It’s easy to spot a dancer struggling to balance on relevé: Her ankles wobble, her torso shifts and she can’t hold her body in a steady position. But it’s not … Continue reading
An innovative way to learn math and music with movement
A group of young students is working to form a circle, giggling as they cross arms and reach for one another’s hands. One girl stands in … Continue reading
Taking your adult dancers to new heights
Watch Kat Wildish’s adult class in New York City, and you’ll see all kinds of people living their dream of dancing on pointe. Perhaps some of them stopped dancing … Continue reading