Originally from Verona, NJ, Julie Diana danced as a principal with San Francisco Ballet before joining Pennsylvania Ballet as a principal in 2004. Ballets in her classical repertoire include the title roles in Giselle and Romeo and Juliet, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, and Sugarplum Fairy in The Nutcracker. Her neoclassical and contemporary repertoire includes works by George Balanchine, Nacho Duato, William Forsythe, and Twyla Tharp, among others. In 2009, she was invited by Peter Martins to dance the Waltz Girl in Serenade with New York City Ballet. Ms. Diana has performed as an international guest artist with Nilas Martins’ Dance Company and Angel Corella’s Foundation. She received two Isadora Duncan Awards for her performances in Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering and Kenneth MacMillan’s The Invitation. She also holds a BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania, serves as First Vice President for Penn’s Association of Alumnae, and writes for various dance publications. She is married to PA Ballet principal dancer Zachary Hench with whom she has two children. Please visit www.juliediana.com for her complete dancing resume, a photo gallery, and a list of her published writing.