Archive for October 2009

Emergency Fill-in Performance for WGN TV

  Being a principal dancer at the Joffrey means that you must be able to jump into a role with a new partner at any time, respond to emergency situations, and do whatever is asked of you.  This morning I received a phone call that Miguel (the other dancer performing the role of Othello) hurt... Read more »

Acrobatic Pas de Deux

I was supposed to begin my first season with the Joffrey Ballet in the fall of 2001, but after the towers collapsed on 9/11, my immigration paperwork was put on hold and I could not get into the country.  For the several months while I waited, I worked for the Lido, the famous French cabaret... Read more »

The Joffrey Ballet's Othello Making Headlines

Well, I admit that from a personal standpoint the opening performance of Othello went incredibly well on Wednesday night, and now we have a wonderful review from Sid Smith at the Chicago Tribune.  I want to thank everyone that came to see the performance on Wednesday night, including all of the wonderful emails, messages, and... Read more »

The Joffrey Ballet's Opening Night for Othello Is Finally Here

  This will be a short blog just to let everyone know that Othello is finally opening at the Auditorium Theater tonight, Wednesday, October 14 at 7:30pm (in case I haven’t said it enough)!!  Below is the list of show dates and how to purchase tickets.  I would love to see you there, and would... Read more »

The Honor in Wearing the Othello Costume

As the rehearsal process comes to an end and we put our hard work on display tomorrow night for our Chicago audiences, I admit I’ve been thinking about what this performance, this role, and this time in my life means to me.  It is a real honor to be chosen to dance the role of... Read more »

Introduction to

30 Seconds of Dance, week 4: Kathleen Thielhelm in Millennium Park from 30 Seconds of Dance on Vimeo. For this particular blog, I wanted to introduce you to my website,  This site features 30 second clips of dancers from all genres of dance in high definition film.  I have a great deal of passion... Read more »

Rehearsal With the One and Only, Mikhail Baryshnikov

How do you get a dancer to become simultaneously terrified and exhilarated?  Have Mikhail Baryshnikov, THE Mikhail Baryshnikov, the world’s greatest dancer, watch your rehearsal.  How’s that for intimidation??  Well today Mr. Baryshnikov attended my rehearsal for Othello, and I have to say, it was one of the most nerve-wracking and simultaneously exciting moments of... Read more »

Preview video for the Joffrey Ballet's Othello

Here is the Joffrey Ballet’s promotional video for our upcoming production of Othello at the Auditorium Theater, October 14-25th.  I’m so thrilled with how the video turned out and couldn’t wait to share it with the ChicagoNow readers!  I hope this will catch the attention of everyone out there, including those of you that may... Read more »

Joffrey's First Studio Run Through of Othello

Today was our first run through of Act 1 of Othello.  Now that it is October 1st, things are beginning to come together and we can begin the countdown to opening night on October 14th.  There is a lot of preparation that goes into this role for me, besides the obvious fact of learning the... Read more »

Othello Workout

To continue my blog from yesterday, I thought I would expand a bit on the work I am putting into my role as Othello, beyond learning the movement and acting skills.  The greatest thing to my success will be having enough stamina to perform a full show, let alone show after show.  We may not... Read more »