When Wendy Whelan retired on October 18, 2014, her career repertoire had included more than 50 ballets. She had been with the world-renowned New York City ballet for over 30 years, and a principal dancer since 1991. In his story about Wendy’s farewell performance, New York Times chief dance critic Alastair Macauly described her as an ideally modern woman – resolute and vulnerable, incisive and responsive, rapturous and bleak, angry and funny, implacable and compassionate an enthusiastic and inquiring. A dancer since the age of 3, Wendy studied with the Louisville Ballet Academy and eventually was offered a full-time scholarship to the School of American Ballet – the official school of the NYCB. She entered the company’s corps de ballet in 1986. Her professional tours have included performances throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Wendy was honored for her contributions to the field of dance with a prestigious Dance Magazine Award in 2007. For more information about Wendy, click here.
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