Professional Ballet Dancers @thomas_dd @tatianamelendez
We interviewed professional ballet dancers Thomas Dilley and Tatiana Melendez. Shot in NYC, this exquisite muse series showcases our jewellery alongside the beauty of ballet - a mix of choreography, art and graceful movements.
Who you are and where you're from?
Thomas: My name is Thomas Dilley and I’m from Central Coast, Australia
Tatiana: Hi, I’m Tatiana Melendez and I’m from Tampa, Florida
Where are you based now, what brought you there?
Thomas: I’m currently based in New York City as I’m professional dancing with a contemporary ballet company.
Tatiana: I’m a professional dancer with Complexions Contemporary Ballet which is based in NYC. Living in NYC was a dream of mine for so long and I’ve now been living here for nearly 4 years.
Tell us about your work, passions, pass times, reason for being.
Thomas: Being a professional dancer was my biggest passion growing up and I revolved my whole life around it and now it’s my full time job, but aside from dance I love living a healthy lifestyle, working out and spending a lot of time in the sun doing outdoor activities.
Tatiana: Becoming a professional dancer was what I’ve always wanted to be growing up. It was my greatest passion and is now my profession. I’ve also recently developed a passion for health/wellness & fitness. As an artistic person, I love that dancing essentially combines both the artistic side of myself as well as the athletic side to myself.
Describe your personal style.
Thomas: My personal style is very minimalistic, I love clean plain neutral colours with a contrasting colour on my shoes or jewellery.
Tatiana: My personal style reflects what I feel on a daily basis. Some days I love to wear color and incorporate statement pieces in what I wear and other days I like to wear basics and keep it simple.
“As an artistic person, I love that dancing essentially combines both the artistic side of myself as well as the athletic side to myself.”
How does your style reflect your art/work?
Thomas: I think the attention to little details apply to my style which really reflects the way I like to dance. I really like to focus on the little details when it comes to me dancing as I feel like that Is what completes the movement and in this case completes my style.
“I think the attention to little details apply to my style which really reflects the way I like to dance.”
Tatiana: As a dancer, it’s rare I get to wear anything other than a leotard but when I get the chance to wear something other than my dance attire, I like to play around with putting together outfits that reflect me and my style.
Broken Pared Ring, Vrinde Bracelet
What sort of jewelry do you wear/ or are you drawn to?
Thomas: I’m drawn to all types of jewellery, I love all different pieces, shapes and colours. I love unique jewellery that you don’t see everywhere without it being such a statement. I often just want to get piercings so I can wear more jewellery.
Tatiana: I primarily am drawn to gold, dainty jewelry. I’m a small girl so I feel overpowered by my jewelry if it’s too large. I like to mix gold and silver but because I have tanned skin with olive/golden undertones I feel as though gold jewelry suits me most.
Vespe Ring - Rutile Quarz, Vrinde Bracelet, Earring
“As a dancer, it’s rare I get to wear anything other than a leotard”
Vrinde Bracelet, Earring
Tell us the story behind you your jewellery.
Thomas: I wish I could have a really in-depth story, but honestly I just really love the look of the pieces I own.
Tatiana: I feel as though jewelry plays a huge role in my confidence and how I express myself. I always feel so bare whenever I don’t have on any jewelry. I feel as though the jewelry I wear adds an elegant, feminine touch to my look which is how I like to portray myself.
“Becoming a professional dancer was what I’ve always wanted to be growing up. It was my greatest passion and is now my profession.”
“Jewelry is the prime way I can fully express myself and my style in the studio and out.”