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JAMES WHITESIDE
Principal Dancer




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Born in Fairfield, Connecticut, James Whiteside began his training at age nine at the D'Valda & Sirico Dance and Music Centre, where guest faculty included Franco De Vita and Raymond Lukens. He continued his training at the Virginia School of the Arts for one year under the direction of Petrus Bosman and David Keener. In 2002, Whiteside joined Boston Ballet II, where he continued to train under the tutelage of its director Raymond Lukens, now director of ABT's National Training Curriculum. Whiteside joined the corps de ballet of Boston Ballet in 2003 and became a second soloist in 2006. He was promoted to first soloist in 2008 and to principal dancer with Boston Ballet in 2009.

Whiteside's repertoire with Boston Ballet included 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) and 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 Only With Thine Eyes; Sabrina Matthews' ein von viel; Val Caniparoli's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion and Avi Scher's Utopia. He created roles in 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 and Heather Myers' Gone Again.

Whiteside joined American Ballet Theatre as a Soloist in September 2012 and was named a Principal Dancer in October 2013. His repertoire with the Company includes Solor in La Bayadère, the Prince in Frederick Ashton's Cinderella, Ali, the Slave in Le Corsaire, Basilio and Espada in Don Quixote, Oberon in The Dream, the third sailor in Fancy Free, Albrecht in Giselle, Lescaut in Manon, the Nutcracker Prince, Arabian Man and Spanish Dance in Alexei Ratmansky's The Nutcracker, Prince Gremin in Onegin, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, the Russian Suitor and a Fairy Knight in The Sleeping Beauty, Prince Siegfried and von Rothabrt (Ballroom) in Swan Lake, Orion in Sylvia, Caliban in The Tempest and roles in Bach Partita, Gong, Theme and Variations, Chamber Symphony, Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes, In the Upper Room and Symphony in C.

Mr. Whiteside's performances with American Ballet Theatre are sponsored by Beth Chartoff.



Performing in:
  • Raymonda Divertissements - 10/29/2014 eve (New York, New York)
  • Fancy Free - 10/25/2014 mat (New York, New York)
  • With a Chance of Rain (Liam Scarlett World Premiere) - 10/26/2014 mat, 11/1/2014 mat, 11/2/2014 eve (New York, New York)
  • Bach Partita - 10/29/2014 eve, 11/2/2014 mat (New York, New York)
  • The Nutcracker - 12/12/2014 eve, 12/17/2014 eve, 12/20/2014 eve (Brooklyn, New York)
  • Fancy Free - 5/13/2015 eve, 5/16/2015 mat (New York, New York)
  • Theme and Variations - 5/15/2015 eve (New York, New York)
  • Othello - 5/19/2015 eve, 5/20/2015 eve (New York, New York)
  • Giselle - 5/27/2015 mat (New York, New York)
  • The Sleeping Beauty - 6/13/2015 mat (New York, New York)
  • Romeo and Juliet - 6/17/2015 mat (New York, New York)
  • Swan Lake - 6/24/2015 mat, 6/26/2015 eve (New York, New York)
  • Cinderella - 7/2/2015 eve, 7/4/2015 eve (New York, New York)