Note: Art Without Borders Inc. is accepting donations for this workshop – suggested contribution is $25 / student. 50% proceeds will be donated to the New York City Ballet Relief Fund.
Wendy Whelan, widely considered one of the world’s leading dancers of her generation, began dance lessons at the age of three in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. Whelan began intense professional training at the Louisville Ballet Academy. She was accepted to the summer program of the School of American Ballet at age 14; a year later, she moved to New York to continue her studies there full-time. In 1984, she was named an apprentice with New York City Ballet and joined the corps de ballet a year later.
Wendy Whelan went on to spend 30 years at New York City Ballet, dancing virtually all the major roles. She was promoted to Soloist in 1989 and to Principal dancer in 1991.
Ms. Whelan has been a guest artist all over the world. 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, she has been developing and touring her own independent projects. Her inaugural project, Restless Creature broke down boundaries between interdisciplinary dance forms. She remains committed in her work to opening up creative conversations and developing unexpected collaborations through dance.
In February 2019, Ms. Whelan marked a return to New York City Ballet when she was appointed Associate Artistic Director of the Company.
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Ashley Laracey was born in Sarasota, Florida. She began her dance training at the age of five with Cheryl Carty and Christine White at the Carty Academy of Theater Dance in Bradenton, Florida. At age 12, she began training with Pavel Fomin, Diane Partington, and Isabel and Javier Dubrocq at Sarasota Ballet of Florida. She continued her studies at age 15 with Victoria Schneider, Olivier Pardina, and Svetlana Osiyeva at the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida.
Ms. Laracey entered the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, in the fall of 2001. In October 2002, Ms. Laracey became an apprentice with New York City Ballet, and in February 2003 she joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet and was promoted to soloist in February 2013.
Ms. Laracey has danced many featured roles in George Balanchine, Peter Martins, Jeorme Robbins, Troy Schumacher, Justin Peck and Christopher Wheeldon.
Ms. Laracey is on the board of Balletcollective, an arts collective, and also teaches movement therapy to children and young adults with disabilities, specifically Cerebral Palsy.
FEATURED ROLES SINCE JOINING NYCB
Ballo della Regina
Divertimento No. 15
“Emeralds” from Jewels
The Four Temperaments
Ivesiana (Central Park in the Dark)
La Sonnambula (The Coquette)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia)
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® (Sugarplum Fairy, Dewdrop, Marzipan, Coffee, Flowers)
Robert Schumann’s “Davidsbündlertänze”
The Sleeping Beauty (Lilac Fairy)
Stravinsky Violin Concerto
Symphony in C (Fourth Movement)
Symphony in Three Movements
Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2
Tschaikovsky Suite No. 3 (Valse Mélancolique)
Bal de Couture
The Infernal Machine
Songs of the Auvergne
The Sleeping Beauty (Lilac Fairy, Tenderness, Generosity, Ruby)
Swan Lake (Pas de Trois, Pas de Quatre, Princess)
2 & 3 Part Inventions
The Four Seasons (Summer)
The Goldberg Variations
N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz
We are excited to welcome Ashley Laracey to our Mentorship Program. Pre-registration is now open. Please submit your request here.
Olivia MacKinnon was born in Mobile Alabama and is a ballerina with the New York City Ballet (NYCB). At the age of 17, she joined NYCB and has toured around the world including Denmark, France, Japan, China, Greece, West Indies, and various cities in the United States. As a professional ballerina and choreographer, she has created works for New York City Fashion Week and the House of Doyenne. Olivia is the founder of Ballet Inspired Fitness, she teaches both ballet and fitness classes for students all over the world. Olivia was featured in John Wick Parabellum film, and has had appearances in several documentaries. She has worked with numerous well known companies and artists such as Elle Decor, Museum of Modern Art, Puma, Rebecca Minkoff, Sarah Jessica Parker and Tiffany and Co.
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