Jeraldine May Mendoza, principal
The Joffrey Ballet welcomed Jeraldine into the company for its 2011-12 New Generation season and she has already made her mark in leading roles, including the world premiere of the Joffrey’s Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, and the North American premiere of Infra. The young prima ballerina danced principal roles in many performances for the Joffrey, including Interplay, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, and Lilac Garden. After completing her training at City Ballet School of San Francisco, primarily under the artistic direction of Galina Alexandrova, she became the first American female in the history of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy’s 236-year history to graduate with honors in a Russian course. As a Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellow, Jeraldine studied in San Francisco with Ms. Alexandrova, in Moscow with ballet mistress Margarita Sergeevna Drozdova, and in London and Paris with contemporary master Antoine Vereecken. Jeraldine also continued her training at the Moscow State Academy of Choreography. She worked with Yuri Possokhov to create and choreograph an original ballet that was performed at the Joffrey’s 2014 annual Gala.  In May 2015, she adorned the cover of Dance Magazine’s first international issue.


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