Indianapolis International Ballet Competition

Jolinda Menenedez 

(Performance and Master Class Director of Indianapolis City Ballet/ Indianapolis International Ballet Competition)

Ms. Menendez directs Indianapolis City Ballet’s performances since 2009 and heads the Master Class program  that has brought more than 25 internationally renowned master teachers to Indianapolis. 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, American Ballet Theatre’s summer intensives, Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy, the Joffrey Ballet School, American Academy of Dance in Paris, National Ballet of Canada  School, the John Cranko School at Stuttgart Ballet, Scottish Ballet Company and Ballet Ireland.  In addition,  she coaches privately students  and professionals.

As a former ballerina  with American Ballet Theatre,  she has performed  leading roles in La Bayadere, Giselle, Swan  Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Les Sylphides,  The Firebird, Raymonda  Act III, and other repertoire  by choreographers such as Alvin Ailey, Agnes de Mille, Kenneth MacMillan and Glen Tetley. 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.” 

Following ABT she was Principal Ballerina with the Bavarian National Ballet in Munich, Germany,  where she added to her repertoire  John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet, Eugene Onegin and Taming  of the Shrew, John Neumeir’s Nutcracker,  Birgit Cullberg’s Miss Julie, and Balanchine’s Apollo and Divertimento No. 15. She was a frequent guest artist in Europe, Canada,  Australia, and South Africa. For additional information please visit

Indianapolis International Ballet Competition

2015 JUDGES:

Patrick Armand

Edward Ellison

Franco De Vita 

Hae Shik Kim

Alexei Kremnev

Tadeusz Matacz 

Shelly Power

Mavis Staines

Demis Volpi


Patrick Dupond

Gonzalo Garcia

Greta Hodgkinson

Susan Jaffe 

Monique Loudière 

Sofiane Sylve

2015 Participants: