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, choreographer, and 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 profession. 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. After spending a few summers training in New York City, he became inspired and fulfilled a lifelong dream of moving to NYC to dance. During his eleven years in NYC he danced with Judith Fugate’s Ballet NY, BalletX, 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 Duo, Balanchine’s Agon & Who Cares, Stanton Welch’s Orange, Iago in John Butler’s Othello, Karole Armitage Ligetto 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 and theatre 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. Brent has been privileged to collaborate with two of the other professional arts organizations in Traverse City including a program he directed and choreographed with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kevin Rhoes. In 2019, he co-choreographed the musical HAIR for Parallel 45 Theatre company. Previously, he served as the rehearsal director for a NYC based contemporary ballet company. He teaches professional ballet warm up class for a variety of companies including NYC Community Ballet, that offers subsidized ballet class for professionals. He is 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 rehabilitation and injury prevention for dancers and other athletes at his private practice in NYC, The Art of Wellness.