The Joffrey Ballet

This interview originally appeared in the October 16 Pointe e-newsletter. To sign up for the newsletter, click here.

This month, the Joffrey Ballet presents Stanton Welch's production of La Bayadère for the first time. Pointe's e-news spoke with 22-year-old Jeraldine Mendoza, who will make her debut as Nikiya this Saturday, about learning the ballet.

The Joffrey’s Anastacia Holden is more than just a dancer; she’s a force in her community. In 2010, she co-founded EMBARC, Inc, a non-profit that offers cultural experiences for high school students in Chicago’s historically underserved neighborhoods. Through partnerships between public schools, local businesses and arts organizations, EMBARC offers teens exposure to the fine arts, takes them to visit local farms, gets them involved in their communities.

Good news for the ballet world: The Joffrey just added three new dancers to its roster for the 2012-13 season, bringing its total number of company members up to 45. South Carolina native Cara Marie Gary joins after dancing with ABT II and as an apprentice with Orlando Ballet, Guillaume Basso comes from Houston Ballet II and Yoshihisa Arai previously danced as a demi-soloist with Tulsa Ballet.


What would it be like to dance with The Joffrey Ballet? Get an inside look with "Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance." The first documentary of the legendary company is a treasure trove of archival footage and images. It will have a week-long run at Cinema Village in New York City starting tomorrow, with special guest panelists offering their personal stories about the company. April 27 will feature Francesca Corkle and Denise Jackson, and April 28 will feature Margo Sappington.

Published December 11, 2009
The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago recently hired nine new dancers—and they’re a notably diverse group, hailing from Cuba, Venezuela and Brazil, as well as the U.S.“I want the company to reflect Chicago’s diversity, and I was conscious of the Joffrey’s past, when dancers like Chilean Maximilian…more »

Calvin Kitten of The Joffrey Ballet packs a few surprises in his dance bag.

Courtesy of Kristie Kahns

Published November 25, 2009
Calvin Kitten of The Joffrey Ballet packs a few surprises in his dance bag.more »
Published November 24, 2009
Ashley Wheater, artistic director of The Joffrey Ballet, on auditioning for his company.more »
Published November 24, 2009
By sharing their talents to help others in need, dancers can discover a kind of inspiration that they can’t get from technique class.more »
Published November 23, 2009
The Joffrey Ballet recently announced the launch of the Gerald Arpino Foundation, which will lease the rights to ballets by Gerald Arpino and Robert Joffrey. Harriet Ross, director of the foundation, notes that for Arpino and Joffrey, “the company was the focus, not getting their creations out the…more »