Artistic/Executive Director and Co-Founder
Brent Whitney currently resides in Brooklyn, NY where he is the Executive & Co-Artistic Director of the Traverse City Dance Project, freelance dancer & choreographer, and an entrepreneur in the wellness/massage industry. Originally from Traverse City, MI, he began his early dance training at Dance Arts Academy and Ballet Etc. It became evident around nine years old that dance was his truest passion. After high school Brent continued on as a dance major at Western Michigan University. His first professional job was with the Milwaukee Ballet Company where he performed a variety of classical and contemporary roles by some of the world's leading choreographers over the course of four years.
After spending a few summers training in New York City, he knew he was destined for the big Apple and made the move. During his ten years in NYC, he danced with Judith Fugate’s Ballet NY, Ballet X, Connecticut Ballet, New York Theatre Ballet, San Diego Opera, Toledo Opera, Carolina Opera, Dance Key West, Lustig Dance Theatre, and the Oakland Ballet. Some of his performance highlights include William Forsythe's Slingerland Duet, Balanchine’s Agon & Who Cares, Stanton Welch's Orange, Iago in John Butler's Othello, Karole Armitage Ligeti Essays, Jodie Gates Delicate Balance, and Mark Godden’s The Magic Flute. His classical repertoire includes Swan Lake, Giselle, Carmen, Nutcracker, Coppelia, Don Q, Dracula, Cinderella, and Romeo & Juliet.
Brent is also a choreographer and has created work for a variety of dance companies. In 2012 he and his co-artistic director Jennifer McQuiston Lott founded the Traverse City Dance Project (tcdanceproject.org) to bring professional dance to his hometown and create opportunities for dancers, choreographers, and musicians. In 2018, he directed and choreographed a program with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kevin Rhodes. This summer Brent and his TCDP Co-Artistic director choreographed the musical HAIR for Parallel 45 Theatre. He previously served as the Ballet Master to NYC based contemporary ballet company Ballet Inc. Brent is also a licensed Massage Therapist and has his associates degree in occupational health from the Harvard of massage schools, The Swedish Institute. He specializes in sports rehab and injury prevention for dancers and other athletes at his private practice, The Art of Wellness LLC.