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Moments of Grace: Wendy Whelan

Moments of Grace: Wendy Whelan

Kentucky Muse meets Wendy Whelan as she comes home to participate in the Louisville Ballet’s 60th Anniversary Celebration. Her family and friends share home movies, photos, and special memories of Whelan’s path to becoming one of ballet’s greatest dancers.
Season 5 Episode 2 Length 58:24 Premiere: 1/11/13

Wendy Whelan, 2016 Governor’s Awards in the Arts Recipient

Wendy Whelan’s love of dance was born in her hometown of Louisville when she attended a performance of Louisville Ballet’s “Nutcracker,” a work in which she would later perform as a young dancer. She left Louisville as a teenager to study at the School of American Ballet and in 1984 she was named an apprentice with the New York City Ballet, joining the corps de ballet a year later. In 1989, she was promoted to soloist and then to principal in 1991. Whelan retired from dancing in 2014 after a 30-year career with the New York City Ballet.

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The KET-produced series Kentucky Muse celebrates the world of creativity found within the Bluegrass state. It offers thoughtful and provocative documentaries on artists, issues, events, and places that reflect Kentuckians' diverse and exciting means of expression while offering a fresh perspective on contemporary artistic life.

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Season 5 Episodes

Frank X Walker: I Dedicate This Ride

S5 E3 Length 27:30 Premiere Date 1/21/13

Moments of Grace: Wendy Whelan

S5 E2 Length 58:24 Premiere Date 1/11/13

Tracks of Imagination

S5 E1 Length 57:33 Premiere Date 12/16/12

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