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Articles by Julie Diana

It’s Not a Popularity Contest

October 1, 2015 by

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

Perfecting Pantomime

September 1, 2015 by

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

Staying Power

July 1, 2015 by

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

Finding the Patterns

May 1, 2015 by

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

On Pointe at Any Age

April 1, 2015 by

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

Put the Fun in Fundamentals

December 1, 2014 by

10 ways to keep students engaged at the barre
Barre is time for ballet students to develop strength, accurate placement and basic technical skills. But it can seem boring and tedious to young or teen dancers, … Continue reading