Tiana Juarez

Tiana Juarez

Convention Teacher/Judge/Master Teacher

Tiana's Highlights

Tiana Juarez began taking ballet classes at the age of 7 at a local recreational center in Southern California. At the age of 9, she was enrolled in the Imperial School of Russian Ballet. While there, she progressed quickly until she was made a member of the Taggart Ballet Theatre Company. She was the youngest in history to be made a member. Later, she joined the Riverside Ballet Arts, home of New York City Ballets' Principal Dancer, Darci Kistler. She studied under the direction of Glenda Carhart-Hensley of the National Ballet of Toronto and David Allen, an internationally known choreographer.

After a year at the school, she was asked to be an apprentice of the California Riverside Ballet, thus beginning her professional career. She performed such works as "Giselle," "Swan Lake" with Darci Kistler and Igor Zelensky of New York City Ballet and "The Nutcracker" among many outreach programs and various In-Studio Concert Performances. Her roles with "The Nutcracker" included Doll, Snow Queen, Waltz of the Flowers, Marzipan Soloist and Spanish Soloist. During that time she improved her technique and strength by receiving private lessons with a former Principal Dancer of the Royal Danish Ballet.

Later in the summer of 1995, she was accepted on a full scholarship to the Pennsylvania Ballet School. After attending their summer program, she was among the few who were asked to stay for the invitation only year program on full scholarship. While with The Rock School, they performed for various charities around the Philadelphia area. She was a demi soloist in the production of "Price Igor" with Paloma Herrera and Angel Corella of the American Ballet Theatre. She performed the role of Spanish in "The Nutcracker" with the Pennsylvania Ballet at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. In 1999 she studied under the direction of Alaine Hubert, Magalie Messac, Anthony Edwards along with the Ballet Master and Mistress of ABT.
Tiana was selected among hundreds to perform the solo role of Grisi in "Pas De Quatre" at the Detroit Opera House. This was a compilation of excerpts for ABT. After an injury set her back, she later returned to the Philadelphia area to continue dancing and teaching.
In January of 2010, Tiana was one of the few people who made it past the first major round of "So You Think You Can Dance" in the NYC audition which took her to the second round in front of the celebrity judges. She has been teaching ballet, pointe, conducting master classes, doing workshops and choreographing pieces for competitions and recitals in the Tri-State area for various studios since 2007.
Tiana is proud to share her great achievement in the writing of her book, "The Pointe Shoe Manual," a step by step, “how to” picture guide for everything a dancer should know about their pointe shoes. This book is a way to help all dancers, the “new” and the “not so new” to pointe. The writing of this book became her main focus and passion.