Wendy Whelan Named Artist-in-Residence at Barnard College

Wendy Whelan in Hagoromo. Photo by David Michalek, courtesy BAM.

It's safe to say that Wendy Whelan has not slowed down since retiring from New York City Ballet last year. From her Restless Creature tour, to her recent collaboration with The Royal Ballet's Edward Watson, to her upcoming performance in the Japanese Noh work Hagoromo alongside Jock Soto, she's continued to explore new terrain.


Now through May 2016, she's taking on a different kind of role, as the first Lida Orzeck '68 Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at Barnard College in New York City. There, her activities will include teaching six master classes, leading coaching and choreography sessions for students and hosting two events that will be open to the public. The first of these will be held at the college on November 10, when Hagoromo's creative team will discuss the making of the piece. For the students, this is an incredible opportunity to learn from one of today's most celebrated ballerinas. And the excitement is mutual. "I'm very much looking forward to what the year will bring," Whelan said in a press release from the college. Another bold step in her adventurous career.

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