Jeraldine Mendoza, a San Francisco, California native, 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 (now known as Moscow State Academy of Choreography) and graduated with honors. She later won first place at the YAGP San Francisco Regional Semi-Finals in 2011.
Ms. Mendoza joined The Joffrey Ballet in 2011, and within her first year 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 four years ago.
Since joining the company, Mendoza has danced principal roles in Stanton Welch’s La Bayadére (Nikiya) and Son of Chamber Symphony, 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, Jerome Robbins’ Interplay, and Krzysztof Pastor’s Romeo and Juliet (Juliet).
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