Dance Festival: James Whiteside

American Ballet Theatre

whitesidewebJames Whiteside  was born in Fairfield, Connecticut, and began his training at age nine at the D’Valda & Sirico Dance and Music Centre, where, guest faculty included Charles Kelly, 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, Mr. 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. He joined the corps de ballet of Boston Ballet in 2003 and became a second soloist in 2006, promoted to first soloist in 2008 and to principal dancer with Boston Ballet in 2009. Mr. Whiteside joined American Ballet Theatre as a Soloist in September 2012 and was named a Principal Dancer in October 2013. Mr. Whiteside’s repertoire with Boston Ballet included Principal roles in George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, CoppĂ©lia, Ballo della Regina, Rubies, The Four Temperaments, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Who Cares?, Serenade, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Symphony in 3, and La Valse; Maina Gielgud’s Giselle; Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker and Swan Lake; John Cranko’s Taming of the Shrew and Romeo and Juliet; Marius Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty and Raymonda Act III; Antony Tudor’s Dark Elegies; JirĂ­ Kylián’s Sarabande, Petite Mort and Sechs Tänze; Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room; Mark Morris’ Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes. He created roles in Jorma Elo’s Brake the Eyes, Plan to B, Carmen, Slice to Sharper and In On Blue; Helen Pickett’s Eventide and Etesian; Mark Morris’ Up & Down and Heather Myers’ Gone Again. His repertoire with American Ballet Theatre includes Ali, the Slave in Le Corsaire, Basilio and Espada in Don Quixote, the Nutcracker Prince in Alexei Ramansky’s The Nutcracker, Prince Gremin in Onegin, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Prince Desire in The Sleeping Beauty, Prince Siegfried and von Rothabrt (Ballroom) in Swan Lake, Orion in Sylvia, Caliban in The Tempest, Lescaut in Manon, 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.