Tag: wendy whelan

Wendy Whelan's Top 10 Reasons to Never Stop Dancing

Whelan in Mozartiana (photo by Paul Kolnik, courtesy New York City Ballet) The New York City Ballet principal gives her final performance with the company this month, but her career is far from over! Next year, she’ll be touring her contemporary production, Restless Creature, and premiering an all-new program in London. Here’s why Wendy Whelan […]

The Farewell—But Not Yet Goodbye—of Wendy Whelan

Forget fall galas, forget back-to-school, forget television season premieres: The highlight—no!—the most important event of this fall will be Wendy Whelan’s farewell performance with New York City Ballet. The longtime principal will bid adieu October 18, program TBA. Whelan with former NYCB principal Sébastien Marcovici in George Balanchine’s Agon. Photo by Paul Kolnik Before you […]

Wendy Whelan in Your Living Room

Wendy Whelan photographed by Nisian Hughes It’s time for another round of How Awesome Is Wendy Whelan? Let Us Count the Ways! The New York City Ballet principal has always been a thoughtful dancer, interested in exploring new ways to expand her artistry. Recently she’s been working on projects that even take her outside the […]

Battling Cancer, One Dance at a Time

This year’s Dance Against Cancer poster features an original drawing by artist Keith Haring. A dance gala is always a good thing. But an impressively star-studded dance gala for a very important cause? It doesn’t really get better than that. The third annual Dance Against Cancer benefit, hosted by the American Cancer Society and produced […]

Wendy Whelan FTW

Let us all take a moment to recognize the amazingness that is Wendy Whelan. I’m serious: Lie back, close your eyes, and just ponder the brilliance of this New York City Ballet principal-slash-living legend for a minute. Did you do it? Yes? Not hard, right? I mean, Whelan has been inspiring NYCB audiences for nearly […]

Wendy Whelan

Whelan in George Balanchine’s Mozartiana (Paul Kolnik) Wendy Whelan shapes performances the way architects shape buildings: intelligently, coolly, with an eye to internal structure as well as outer beauty. Now New York City Ballet’s senior principal, Whelan has fascinated choreographers and audiences alike during her nearly 30 years with the company.  Born in Louisville, KY, […]

NYCB's Glittery Valentino Celebration

I think I’m still recovering from the glamor overload that was the New York City Ballet gala last night. Since I go to the ballet frequently (rough job, right?), most of the time, arriving at Lincoln Center for an NYCB performance feels like coming home. But last night? It was like landing on some beautiful […]

If the Shoe Fits

There’s something mystical about the relationship between a ballerina and her pointe shoes. Finding the right pair is like finding the right pas de deux partner: The chemistry has to be perfect. I remember thinking of my pointe shoe fitter as my guru—she got me (or my feet, anyway). After the Capezio 125th Anniversary Gala […]