Whiteside James

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Classical Ballet / Principal

James Whiteside began his training at age nine at the D’Valda & Sirico Dance and Music Centre, under the direction of Angela D’Valda and Steve Sirico. Guest faculty at the Dance Centre includes Franco DeVita, Raymond Lukens, and Charles Kelley. James enrolled at the Virginia School of the Arts for one year under the direction of Petrus Bosman. In 2002, he joined Boston Ballet II. James has also taught ballet and jazz at competitions and conventions internationally as well as at Boston Ballet School and Boston Ballet Summer Dance Program. He was promoted to the corps de ballet in 2003, second soloist in 2006, first soloist in 2008 and to principal dancer in 2009. .

James Whiteside’s repertoire includes George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations (Principal), Coppélia (Frantz), Ballo della Regina, Rubies (Principal), The Four Temperaments (Sanguinic), Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux; Who Cares?, Serenade (Elegy Man); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander), and La Valse; Maina Gielgud’s Giselle (Albrecht); Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker (Cavalier, Snow King) and Swan Lake (Pas de Trois, Pas de Cinq); John Cranko’s Taming of the Shrew (Gremio), Romeo and Juliet (Benvolio); Marius Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty (Bluebird) and Raymonda Act III; Antony Tudor’s Dark Elegies; James Kudelka’s Cinderella (Officer); Jiří Kylián’s Sarabande, Petite Mort, and Sechs Tänze; Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room; Mark Morris’ Drink to Me…; Sabrina Matthews’ ein von viel; Val Caniparoli’s Sonato for Two Pianos and Percussion; and Avi Scher’s Utopia.

Whiteside’s repertoire also includes the world premieres of Jorma Elo’s Brake the Eyes, Plan to B, Carmen (Don Jose), and In On Blue; Helen Pickett’s Eventide and Etesian; Mark Morris’ Up & Down; Heather Myers’ Gone Again.

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