Revisiting Pointe's Past Cover Stars: Patricia Delgado (August/September 2010)

We revisited some of Pointe's past cover stars for their take on how life—and ballet—has changed.


Patricia Delgado, August/September 2010

Then: Principal dancer, Miami City Ballet

Now: Part-time Juilliard faculty, répétiteur, freelance dancer and Broadway producer

Delgado, in a red leotard and skirt and red pointe shoes with socks, poses in a back attitude, smiling at the camera, on a red background with white text.

On being a Pointe cover star: "Being a homegrown Miami girl, appearing on the cover was a really big deal. I remember flying to New York with my tutu for the photo shoot and thinking, What is my life? It was so surreal and fancy. When the cover came out, and seeing that people were looking up to me and that I needed to be a role model, I feel like that was the beginning of knowing what I wanted to do after I stopped dancing. It is kind of beautiful to talk about it, because I am focused so much more now on how to share and give back."

Peck, in black jeans, a colorful shirt, and white sneakers, holds Delgado's arm, who's flying in the air in a yellow romper and white sneakers.

Patricia Delgado and Justin Peck in Peck's Sleep Well Beast

Paula Lobo, Courtesy Patricia Delgado

What's changed since then: "I retired from MCB and moved to New York to be with my husband, Justin Peck. I freelance danced, began teaching at Juilliard, staged Justin's ballets around the world and was associate choreographer on the upcoming Steven Spielberg film, West Side Story. Currently, I am a producer on a Broadway musical that Justin is developing."

Advice for dancers: "The expectations we demand of ourselves are important motivators, but part of what makes each dancer so captivating and unique is a sense of self and an acceptance of one's own physique and artistry. Be curious of what else you can learn, without expectations and being judgmental of yourself."

Latest Posts


Dean Barucija, Courtesy Lopes Gomes

Chloé Lopes Gomes Speaks Out About Racial Harassment at Staatsballett Berlin

In November, the French dancer Chloé Lopes Gomes went public with accusations of institutional racism against Staatsballett Berlin, first reported by the German magazine Der Spiegel. In the article, several anonymous dancers confirm her account. Lopes Gomes, 29, who trained in Marseille and at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, danced for the Ballet de l'Opéra de Nice and Béjart Ballet Lausanne before joining Staatsballett Berlin as a corps de ballet member in 2018, under then co-directors Johannes Öhman and Sasha Waltz. After the company told her in October that her contract, which ends in July, would not be renewed, she shared her story with Pointe.


I didn't know I was the first Black female dancer at Staatsballett Berlin when I joined the company in 2018. I learned that from German journalists who came to interview me almost immediately. I grew up in a mixed-race family—my mother was French, my father from Cape Verde—and I was educated to believe that we all have the same opportunities.

Keep reading SHOW LESS
Paul Kolnik, Courtesy NYCB

NYCB's Maria Kowroski Reflects on the Challenges, Joys and Mysteries of Balanchine’s "Mozartiana"

The first time I was called to learn Mozartiana, I didn't think I would actually get to do it. It's a coveted ballerina role in the company, and I was still early in my career. But I got to dance it once or twice, and then not again for many years. The ballet isn't in our repertoire that often, so each time we've performed it I've been at a different level as a person and as an artist.

Keep reading SHOW LESS
Melina Nastazia, Courtesy Jessica Flynn

Former “Baby Ballerina” Jessica Flynn on Her YA Novel and the Secrets to Surviving in Ballet

Most young dancers dream about how Jessica Flynn's ballet career began. After performing several lead roles at School of American Ballet's Workshop and winning the prestigious Mae L. Wien Award in 2002, she got an apprenticeship with New York City Ballet at age 16 and her corps contract less than a year later. Some soloist roles followed, and she appeared to have a bright future at the company. But just before her three-year mark, she left NYCB and never performed professionally again.

Flynn is now a ballet teacher, a holistic health coach for performing artists, a candidate for a master's in social work, a wife and a new mom. She's also an author. In 2016, she published Dancing in Time, the fictional tale of Charlie, a 37-year-old marketing executive who can't shake the failure of her ballet career. She wakes up one morning in her 17-year-old body, and has the chance to redo her career with the benefit of hindsight. The book deals with themes of extreme competition, body image and weight, disempowering relationships, and how all of these factors can suck the joy out of dancing—yet it's surprisingly humorous and entertaining.

Keep reading SHOW LESS

Editors' Picks