The Company

Melissa Podcasy

Ballet Master

From Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Ballet Master
Founding Member

In her 15 seasons as a principal ballerina with Carolina Ballet, her repertoire consisted of over 50 ballets, 40 of which were created on her. She danced as a principal with Pennsylvania Ballet (Robert Weiss, Artistic Director) and Basel Ballet, Switzerland(Heinz Spoerli, Artistic Director). She has appeared  as a guest  artist with New York City Ballet (Peter Martins’ Barber Violin Concerto); has danced nationally and internationally with Stars of American Ballet; and toured North America with Principal Dancers of New York City Ballet  (Colombia Artists Management).  She has worked with and created roles for Cristopher Wheeldon, William Forsythe, Richard Tanner, Damian Woetzel, and Peter Martins. Ms. Podcasy is honored to have shared the stage and been coached by the great José Limón dancer Clay Taliafero. She  has collaborated with choreographers Lynne Taylor-Corbett and Robert Weiss throughout her career, appearing in countless of their creations. She has performed the work of Antony Tudor, August Bournonville and José Limón. Her Balanchine repertoire consists of more than 25 ballets. Ms. Podcasy has danced the ballerina roles in 10 full- length ballets including Giselle, John Cranko’s  Romeo & Juliet, Heinz Spoerli’s La Fille Mal Gardee, and Peter Martins’ La Sylphide, which was filmed for PBS Dance in America. Other television credits: Giselle (Romanian national TV), Homage to Switzerland (Swiss television), 7 productions for UNC-TV statewide . Ms. Podcasy received the Raleigh Medal of Arts in 2007.

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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