Tulsa ballerina promoted to principal dancer
By JAMES D. WATTS JR. World Scene Writer
Tulsa Ballet dancer Sofia Menteguiaga, who joined the company at the start of this season, has been promoted to principal dancer.
Menteguiaga was informed of the promotion following her first performance in the company’s world premiere of "Romeo and Juliet" last week. Menteguiaga shared the role of Juliet with principal dancer Soo Youn Cho.
Menteguiaga’s promotion means Tulsa Ballet has two female principal dancers for the first time in years. The company has three male principals – Alfonso Martin, Ma Cong and Wang Yi.
Artistic director Marcello Angelini said Menteguiaga brings a wealth of experience to the company and that her performances this year in lead roles in a wide range of ballets – classical, neo-classical and contemporary – "earned her the promotion."
"Sofia is truly a ballerina, and we are happy to have her with us in Tulsa," Angelini said.
Menteguiaga is a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Before coming to Tulsa, she was a soloist with Ballet de Santiago de Chile and the Ballet del Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.
In an interview with the Tulsa World in December, Menteguiaga talked about the difficult decision to leave Argentina and come to Tulsa.
"It was a very hard decision because of my family and because I had always thought of the Teatro Colon as my theater – I had been going there since I was 9 years old," she said. "But in the end, coming to Tulsa was the right decision.
"I was amazed at the repertoire this company does. To be able to do ballets by Jiri Kilyan and William Forsythe – that’s something I would not have even dreamed of being able to do at home.".
Tulsa Ballet dancer Sofia Menteguiaga performs in William Forsythe’s "In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated." Menteguiaga was promoted to principal dancer with the company this week. Courtesy
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