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Jolinda Menendez

Artistic Director, Indianapolis City Ballet Master Classes and Galas
Faculty, New York University/Tisch School of the Arts

jolinda-menendezMs. Menendez directs Indianapolis City Ballet’s performances since 2010 and heads the Master Class program that has brought more than 30 internationally renowned master teachers to Indianapolis. She also directed the 2014 film A Perfect Balance for Indianapolis City Ballet and WFYI–Public Television. She is on the faculty at NYU/Tisch School of the Arts and is a frequent guest teacher with companies and schools including the Royal Ballet School in London, English National Ballet School, John Cranko School at Stuttgart Ballet, American Ballet Theatre’s summer intensives, Houston Ballet Academy, the Joffrey Ballet School, American Academy of Dance in Paris, National Ballet of Canada School, Scottish Ballet Company and Ballet Ireland. In addition, she coaches privately students and professionals. She will be guest teaching again in Stuttgart at the John Cranko School and in Paris at L’Academie Americaine de Danse de Paris in the coming year.

As a former ballerina with American Ballet Theatre, she has performed: Nikiya in La Bayadere; Myrta in Giselle; Odette/Odile in Swan Lake; Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty; Prelude, Mazurka and Pas de Deux in Les Sylphides; Firebird in The Firebird; Raymonda in Raymonda Act III; and other repertoire by choreographers such as Alvin Ailey, Agnes de Mille (Cowgirl in Rodeo and Lizzie Borden in Fall River Legend), Kenneth MacMillan (lead in Elite Syncopations and the Pas de Deux and Third Movement in Concerto) and Glen Tetley (Gemini, Voluntaries Pas de Trois and Sphinx in The Sphinx). Lewis Segal of the L.A. TIMES said: “Jolinda’s performance of ‘The Dying Swan’ was dance poetry — a quality Pavlova’s name has always symbolized — you could understand why Natalia Makarova has championed her as a major artist.” Anna Kisselgoff of the New York Times reviewed one of her Metropolitan Opera performances saying “It is hard to imagine two dancers reaching so deeply into the emotional and lyrical core of Swan Lake unless one brings back memories of Fonteyn & Nureyev.”

Following ABT she was Principal Ballerina with the Bavarian National Ballet in Munich, Germany, where she added to her repertoire Juliet in John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet, Tatiana in Eugene Onegin and Katherina in Taming of the Shrew, Giselle in Giselle, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, leading role in John Neumeir’s Nutcracker, Miss Julie in Birgit Cullberg’s Miss Julie, and Terpsichore in Balanchine’s Apollo and the lead role in Divertimento No. 15. She has been a frequent guest artist in Europe, Canada, Australia, and South Africa. Biographical information, photos and more information can be found at:

Q&A with Jolinda Menendez from Indianapolis City Ballet on Vimeo.


Master Class Teacher 2011