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. She received a full merit scholarship to the School of American Ballet’s Summer Session in 2009 at age 17. Shortly after, Ms. Mendoza was selected by Helgi Tomasson to become a trainee at San Francisco Ballet. She was then invited to graduate in the Russian course at the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow and 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 five years ago.
Since joining the Company, Ms. Mendoza has danced principal roles in Stanton Welch’s La Bayadére (Nikiya), Son of Chamber Symphony, and Maninyas; Jirí 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), and Liturgy; Jerome Robbins’ Interplay; Krzysztof Pastor’s Romeo and Juliet (Juliet); Yuri Possokhov's RAkU; Anthony Tudor's Lilac Garden (Caroline); Alexander Ekman's Tulle; Justin Peck's In Creases; and Val Caniparoli's Incantations.
Ms. Mendoza recently graced the cover of Dance Magazine's first international issue (May 2015).
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