Tatiana Melendez, originally from Tampa, Florida, began her training at the All American Dance Factory and Classical Ballet School. She has won the gold and silver medal at the World Ballet Competition and was a Youth America Grand Prix finalist from 2011-2015. At age fifteen, she joined Houston Ballet Academy’s Professional Division on scholarship, where she performed in Ben Stevenson’s The Nutcracker, Houston Ballet Academy’s premier of John Neumeier’s Yondering, Stanton Welch’s The Long and Winding Road, Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Cinderella and the world premiere of Stanton Welch’s The Nutcracker. This is her first season with Texas Ballet Theater.
Where are you from?
When did you begin dancing?
I began dancing at age 5.
Why did you begin dancing?
My mom put me in dance classes and I grew to love it.
When did you join Texas Ballet Theater?
This is my first season with Texas Ballet Theater!
What is your favorite ballet to see?
Romeo and Juliet and Christopher Bruce’s Ghost Dances
What is your favorite ballet to perform/what is your favorite role you have performed?
My favorite ballet I’ve performed so far has been Stanton Welch’s “Long and Winding Road”.
What surprised you the most about being a professional dancer?
This is my first year as a professional but as a student in the profession division of Houston Ballet, I learned how grueling dancers’ schedules can be yet how rewarding it is when you see improvements in yourself both in the studio and onstage.
What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
I’ve always thought that acting would be fun to attempt.
What outdoor activities do you enjoy?
I love hiking/camping and going to amusement parks. I can be quite adventurous!
Do you have a favorite sports team? If so, who?
I’m not very into sports but my whole family is. Whenever I’m home football is bound to be playing on the TV so I like to support which ever team my family is routing for.
What kind of music do you like best?
I listen to so many different types of music but some of my favorite genres are Alternative and older music from the 80’s, 90’s or early 2000’s.
What’s your least favorite part of getting ready for a performance?
Warming up/staying warm. Usually the theater is cold so I constantly have to keep my body moving to stay warm.