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Quinn Wharton is a professional choreographer, photographer, and filmmaker. He was born in Seattle, Washington and moved to Hawaii at age 8, where his family still resides. His early training consisted of Pacific Northwest Ballet School, West Hawaii Dance Theater, and North Carolina School of the Arts.
Wharton joined San Francisco Ballet (SFB) in 2005, after participating in the inaugural year of their studio company. With SFB, he performed leading roles and created works by William Forsythe, Mark Morris, Christopher Wheeldon, Paul Taylor, Wayne McGregor, Val Caniparoli, and Helgi Tomassen.
During that time, Wharton launched a photo and film business working for dance and tech companies in the Bay area, including LINES Ballet, Airbnb, Square inc, Google, and San Jose Ballet, among others. In 2012, he joined Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, working with Mats Ek, Glen Edgerton, Robyn Mineko Williams, Penny Saunders, and Alonzo King. After leaving Hubbard Street, Wharton launched several projects ranging from films for Rolex, to full lengths at the Bolshoi Ballet. He has lectured at Stanford and the Booth School of Business on human movement and its potential for leadership. He created a viral series during the early pandemic which recreated famous dance scenes from movies.