Park City, UT
Joined Boston Ballet in 2009
Whitney Jensen began her ballet training in Salt Lake City, Utah. At the age of 10, she won a silver medal at Youth America Grand Prix. The following year, Jensen won the Hope of America Award. At the ages of 11 and 12, Whitney performed the role of Clara with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York City, relocated to NewYork and began training with Valentina Kozlova's Dance Conservatory of NewYork.
During her training with Ms. Kozlova, Jensen received seven gold medals and one silver medal at competitions including Youth America Grand Prix, the World Ballet Competition, and Seoul International Dance Competition.
In 2008, Whitney participated in the 23rd Varna International Ballet Competition where she wonthe highest award possible, The Special Distinction Medal and Diploma. She was the first American to win this award, which has only been awarded four times in Varna's 44 year history. She was also presented with the International Ballet Award.
Jensen is a frequent guest artist for events including the 22nd Varna International Ballet Competition Gala; Miami International Ballet Festival; Baltic International Ballet Festival Gala in Riga, Latvia; the World Ballet Star Festival in Seoul, Korea; and The Nutcracker with the Hungarian National Ballet in Budapest, Hungary. Jensen joined Boston Ballet in 2009, was promoted to second soloist in 2010 and to soloist in 2011.
Dancing photo: Whitney Jensen in Tarantella, choreography by George Balanchine, courtesy of The George Balanchine Trust.