Jeraldine Mendoza

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Jeraldine Mendoza, from San Francisco, California, trained at the City Ballet School of San Francisco since the age of five, mainly under the artistic direction of Galina Alexandrova. She received full merit scholarship to the School of American Ballet’s Summer Session in 2009 at age 17. Shortly after, Mendoza was selected by Helgi Tomasson to become a trainee at San Francisco Ballet. She was the first American female invited to graduate in the Russian course at the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy (now known as Moscow State Academy of Choreography) and graduated with honors. Mendoza later won first place at the YAGP San Francisco Regional Semi-Finals in 2011. Her lead roles include Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Odette in Swan Lake, The Dying Swan in Carnival of the Animals, Odalisque in Le Corsaire, and various principal roles in new ballets made by choreographer Yuri Zhukov.

Mendoza joined the Joffrey Ballet in 2011, and within her first year danced lead roles in Yuri Possokhov's Don Quixote, Gerald Arpino's The Nutcracker, Wayne McGregor's Infra, Edwaard Liang's Age of Innocence, and Jerome Robbins' In the Night. Mendoza also won the prestigious young artists' scholarship for 2012-13 from the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund under the nomination of artistic director, Ashley Wheater, making her the first Chicago artist to win since the award's inception four years ago.

Jeraldine Mendoza has caught much of the public eye as a recipient of the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund, that she decided to share her endeavors through a personal blog, A Window Seat View: Fly With Me ... Feel free to take a look!