The Company

Melissa Podcasy

Melissa Podcasy

From: Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Joined: Founding Member

Melissa Podcasy is a founding member of Carolina Ballet.   She has been a principal dancer with Pennsylvania Ballet (under the direction of Robert Weiss) and Basel Ballet in Switzerland (under the direction of Heinz Spoerli). Ms. Podcasy has appeared as a guest artist with New York City Ballet; has danced nationally and internationally with "Stars of American Ballet;" and was invited to tour with "Principal Dancers of New York City Ballet" through Columbia Artists Management.

Due to her versatility, Ms. Podcasy has worked with and created roles for such choreographers as Christopher Wheeldon, William Forsythe, Damian Woetzel and Richard Tanner. She has collaborated with Robert Weiss and Lynne Taylor-Corbett throughout her career performing in over thirty of their creations. Ms. Podcasy's Balanchine repertoire consists of over twenty-five ballets. She has performed works by Jose Limon, Antony Tudor, Peter Martins and Jean Pierre Bonnefoux; and she has danced the principal ballerina roles in ten full length ballets including Giselle, John Cranko's Romeo and Juliet, Heinz Spoerli's La Fille Mal Gardée, Peter Martin's La Sylphide and Robert Weiss' Winter Dreams.

Television credits for Melissa Podcasy include The Sylph ( La Sylphide ) for PBS "Dance in America;" Giselle for Romanian national television; Homage to Switzerland for Swiss television; and six productions for UNC-TV statewide PBS broadcast.

Ms. Podcasy received the Raleigh Medal of Arts in 2007.

Roles Choreographed on Ms. Podcasy by Robert Weiss:
Juliet, Romeo and Juliet
Carmen, Carmen
Wife, The Kreutzer Sonata
Poetry, The Shadow
Queen, Swan Lake
Fairy Godmother, Cinderella
Water Lillies, The Gardens at Giverny
Dulcinea, Don Quixote
Time Gallery
Des Images

By Lynne Taylor-Corbett:
Carmina Burana
December Songs
Carolina Jamboree
Lost and Found
Picnic on the Grass
The Locket
Code of Silence
Final Draft

By Damian Woetzel:
The Nightingale

By Christopher Wheeldon:
The American
Ballets of William Forsythe
Love Songs

Pas de Deux Choreographed on Ms. Podcasy by Robert Weiss:
Endymion's Sleep
The Visitation
La Maya
Dances in a Gypsy Style

Featured Roles with Carolina Ballet by Lynne Taylor-Corbett:
Great Galloping Gottschalk
Play on Words

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