Tai Jimenez

Tai Jimenez

Ballet II, Ballet III
Tai Jimenez

Bio

Ms. Jimenez, a native of New York City, began her dance training with Joan Millen Mesh and went on to study at the School of American Ballet, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center and with Madame Gabriella Darvash. She was a member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem School Ensemble before joining DTH, where she became a Principal Dancer. 

Her repertory includes the title roles of Giselle and Firebird as well as numerous works by George Balanchine, and ballets by Glen Tetley, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Sir Frederick Ashton, Bronislava Nijinska, Alvin Ailey, Robert Garland, John Alleyne, Lar Lubovitch, among many others. Later, Ms. Jimenez joined Boston Ballet as a Principal. There she originated a role in Mark Morris' Up and Down, and was also seen in Val Caniparoli'sLambarena, Jorma Elo's Carmen, Balanchine's Serenade and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Nijinska's Les Noces and Asaf Messerer's Spring Waters. She has appeared as a guest artist with the New York City Ballet and companies across the United States. She made her Broadway debut as Ivy Smith (Miss Turnstiles) in the 1998 revival of On the Town, directed by George C. Wolfe. She was a featured dancer on the Academy Awards and in pop superstar Prince's Rave Unto the Year 2000. The versatile Jimenez is also a teacher and choreographer. She has been featured on the cover of Pointe Magazine, and her writing has appeared in both Pointe and Dance Magazine.  

Ms. Jimenez will resume teaching ballet at Harvard in the Spring 2017 semester. 

Student feedback: "Tai Jimenez is really gifted when it comes to constructing a class for the more advanced as well as the students learning steps for the first time. I get the feeling that she really tailored the class to fit our needs. Combinations are very musical, and she gives great tips about how to make wise choices to change the quality of movement. ANYONE can learn something in this class if they are paying attention! I love that." 

 

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