Though she is winding down her career performing with New York City Ballet, Wendy Whelan isn’t retiring from the ballet world. This fall, she will join the faculty at Ballet Academy East, and will continue to share her vast experience with the students in the school’s Pre-Professional Division. BAE—under the directorship of Julia Dubno and Darla Hoover—is already home to notable faculty, including former American Ballet Theatre principal Maxim Beloserkovsky. Hoover is a répétiteur for the George Balanchine Trust, and Whelan’s addition to the faculty will certainly enhance the students’ performance and understanding of Balanchine’s work.
BAE students in “Serenade”, choreography by George Balanchine, ©The George Balanchine Trust, photo: Rosalie O’Connor