Melissa Hayden

(d.2006) Former Principal Dancer, New York City Ballet - Senior Faculty North Carolina School of the Arts (1983-2006)
Melissa Hayden

“Gaynor Mindens strengthen the feet and elongate the leg muscles. They facilitate articulate footwork, good balance, and correct technique. Gaynor Mindens shape to the foot, allowing it to become an extension of the leg in a long, continuous line. I recommend them to everyone I teach.”

-Melissa Hayden, January 2006

A ballerina of unforgettable brilliance, power, and artistry. Principal Dancer at New York City Ballet for over 20 years, Melissa Hayden originated some of Balanchine’s greatest leading roles, and commanded a huge repertory with that fusion of technique and passion that turns a dancer into a legend. She joined North Carolina School of the Arts’ Senior Faculty in 1983 and started recommending Gaynor Minden pointe shoes in 1995. Photo of Melissa with Courtney Connor by Rick McCullough.


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