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Wendy Whelan

New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Wendy Whelan returns to the Louisville Ballet for the world premiere of Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky.

Wendy Whelan, dancer Wendy Whelan was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky.

At the age of three she began taking dance classes with Virgina Wooton, a local teacher, and at age eight she performed as a mouse with the Louisville Ballet in The Nutcracker.

Wendy Whelan in rehearsal Ms. Whelan studied at the Louisville Ballet Academy (her first professional training) and the School of American Ballet before joining New York City Ballet in 1986. She was promoted to soloist in 1989 and to Principal Dancer in 1991.

She has a repertoire of more than 50 ballets.

The original production of Rite of Spring created a near riot in 1913 with its complex music and ground-breaking choreography. The 2009 Louisville Ballet production is choreographed by Adam Hougland.

Learn more about the Louisville Ballet in this 2008 Louisville Life interview with Associate Artistic Director Helen Starr.

This Louisville Life story includes photographs by Paul Kolnik.

Program 319
Louisville Life features the exciting return of Wendy Whelan to the Louisville Ballet, the Louisville Visual Art Association's centennial, a new Louisville-centric music video from the Muckrakers and more. (#319)