Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Name: Jeraldine Mendoza
Where are you from? San Francisco, CA
How long have you been dancing for? I’ve been dancing since the age of five.
Why did you start dancing? My parents enrolled my older sister into ballet classes at City Ballet School of SF. When she quit, I also wanted to quit, but my parents and teacher, Galina, wouldn’t let me.
Who has been the biggest supporter throughout your dance career? My parents and all of my teachers, especially Galina.
What are you most excited for at the Joffrey? The rep sounds great for this season. I’m really excited since this is the first professional company I’ve been a part of.
Did you do anything fun over the summer? I didn’t go anywhere this summer, but in April, I did go back to Russia and visited my school and all my friends from the Bolshi Ballet Academy.
What do you do when you’re not dancing? I love to bake and cook. If I’m watching TV, the channel I’m usually watching is the Food Network.
What is your favorite type of junk food? I am obsessed with cupcakes!
What’s your favorite movie? Shutter Island with Leonardo DiCaprio.
What are three things that most people don’t know about you?
1. I am a huge SF Giants fan.
2. I like to clean.
3. I hate to say it, but I have Bieber Fever!
Do you have any advice for any aspiring dancers? Always feel as if you worked your hardest with a smart mind set. My teacher told me: “You can rest when you’re dead.” As demanding as it gets to be a ballerina both physically and mentally, you must learn to love what you do, and over time, with hard work and dedication, it will work itself out.
Be sure to check out Jeraldine's bio to learn more about her.