Jeraldine Mendoza joined The Joffrey Ballet in 2011.
Ms. Mendoza was born in San Francisco, California and trained at the City Ballet School of San Francisco since the age of five, mainly under the artistic direction of Galina Alexandrova. At age 17, Ms. Mendoza was invited to train in the Russian course at the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, and she graduated with honors. She later won first place at the YAGP San Francisco Regional Semi-Finals in 2011.
Within her first year with the Joffrey, Ms. Mendoza danced lead roles in Yuri Possokhov's Don Quixote, Robert Joffrey's The Nutcracker, Wayne McGregor's Infra, Edwaard Liang's Age of Innocence, and Jerome Robbins' In the Night. She 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.
Since joining the Company, Ms. Mendoza has danced principal roles in Stanton Welch’s La Bayadére (Nikiya), Son of Chamber Symphony, and Maninyas; Jiří Kylián's Forgotten Land; Gerald Arpino’s Sea Shadow and Light Rain; Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs; George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante; Christopher Wheeldon’s Continuum, Swan Lake (Odette/Odile), Liturgy, and Fool's Paradise; Jerome Robbins’ Interplay; Krzysztof Pastor’s Romeo & Juliet (Juliet); Yuri Possokhov's RAkU; Anthony Tudor's Lilac Garden; Alexander Ekman's Tulle; Justin Peck's In Creases; Val Caniparoli's Incantations; Myles Thatcher's Passengers; John Neumeier's Sylvia (Sylvia); Ashley Page's Tipping Point; and Sir Frederick Ashton's Cinderella (Cinderella).
Ms. Mendoza recently graced the cover of Dance Magazine's first international issue (May 2015).
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