Ballet Program Faculty • June 19-26
2011 School Programs
Born in Scotland and raised in England, Ashley Wheater was trained at
The Royal Ballet School. Wheater began his professional career with The Royal Ballet and danced with the London Festival Ballet, The Australian Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. In 1997, he became Ballet Master at San Francisco Ballet and in 2002, Assistant to the Artistic Director. In 2007, Wheater was appointed Artistic Director of The Joffrey Ballet. Wheater believes that new work is the lifeblood of a company and has introduced numerous premieres to the repertoire. In 2008, the Boeing Corporation recognized his commitment to community outreach and diversity in the world of dance, presenting him with the "Game Changer Award." In 2010, Wheater, representing The Joffrey Ballet, was named Lincoln Academy Laureate, the highest honor presented by the State of Illinois. Under his guidance, The Joffrey Ballet is once again at the forefront of dance in the United States.