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Tai Jimenez

Ballet Faculty

Tai 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 and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center (Laguardia High School) with Madame Gabriella Darvash and Ken Ludden. 

Jimenez was a member of the Dance Theater of Harlem (DTH) School Ensemble before joining DTH, where she became a principal dancer. Her repertory included 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, August Bournonville, Agnes de Mille, Alvin Ailey, Alonzo King, Robert Garland, John Alleyne, Lar Lubovitch, Doug Varone, Dwight Rhoden and many others.

Jimenez later joined the Boston Ballet as a principal dancer. There, she originated a role in Mark Morris’ Up and Down and was seen in Val Caniparoli’s Lambarena, Jorma Elo’s Carmen, Balanchine’s Serenade and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Nijinska’s Les Noces and Asaf Messerer’s Spring Waters. She also appeared as a guest artist with the New York City Ballet and companies across the U.S. She made her Broadway debut as Ivy Smith (Miss Turnstiles) in the 1998 revival of On the Town, directed by George C. Wolfe. Jimenez originated the roles of Fran in Maria Irene Fornes’ Letters from Cuba and Ysabel in Debbie Allen’s Soul Possessed. She was a featured dancer on the Academy Awards, the Kennedy Center Honors and in pop superstar Prince’s Rave Unto the Year 2000. Jimenez also played the role of Mela in the film One Last Dance, starring Patrick Swayze.

The versatile Jimenez is also a teacher and choreographer. She was a choreographic assistant in the feature film The Game Plan, starring Dwayne "The Rock” Johnson. She currently teaches at Harvard University, The Boston Conservatory, the Boston Arts Academy, Boston Ballet Summer Intensive and Moving People Dance Santa Fe Summer Intensive. She has been featured on the cover of Pointe magazine and in Dance Teacher Magazine, and her writing has appeared in both Pointe and Dance Magazine.

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