When Melinda Roy was asked to teach ballet, she balked. She was an accomplished dancer — a former principal with New York City Ballet — and a Tony-nominated choreographer who was currently working on Broadway. But a dance teacher? ”At first, I didn’t really have faith in myself,” she said. “But I felt that I should give something back because I had fantastic teachers like George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins. I felt it was my duty to teach.”
Co-director of the Saratoga Summer Dance Intensive, Melinda Roy, leads students in barre exercises at the start of a morning class.
Roy helps young dancers like Hannah Beach feel the proper ballet alignment and line in a technique class.
Former New York City Ballet principal Roy, who danced for George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, feels its her duty to teach ballet.
Roy works at the barre with the upper level students at the Saratoga Summer Dance Intensive, a five-week program for aspiring dancers.