Wendy Whalen


Wendy Whelan spent 30 years with New York City Ballet, 23 of those years as principal dancer. She has danced virtually every major Balanchine role, and worked closely with Jerome Robbins on many of his ballets. She originated leading roles in works by such notable choreographers as William Forsythe, Twyla Tharp, Alexei Ratmansky, and Christopher Wheeldon. 

Wendy has been a guest artist with The Royal Ballet and the Kirov Ballet and has performed on nearly every major stage across the globe. She received the Dance Magazine Award in 2007, and in 2009 was given a Doctorate of Arts, honoris causa, from Bellarmine University. In 2011, she received both The Jerome Robbins Award and a Bessie Award for her Sustained Achievement in Performance. 

Since 2013, Wendy has been developing her own independent projects including,  Restless Creature and Some Of A Thousand Words both co-produced by The Joyce Theater Productions, Whelan/Watson Other Stories co- produced by London's Royal Opera House and Hagoromo, self-produced  for the 2015 BAM Next Wave Festival. 

A documentary, entitled Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan, was released this summer in movie theaters across the country. 

Photo By Nisian Hughes