Garielle Whittle


Garielle Whittle was awarded a Ford Foundation Scholarship to the School of American Ballet (SAB) at age 15 where she studied with Alexandra Danilova, Felia Doubrovska, Antonina Tumkovsky, Muriel Stuart, Helene Dudin, Stanley Williams, and Andre Eglevsky. George Balanchine invited her to join the New York City Ballet (NYCB) in 1969, where she performed for 14 years in more than 50 ballets by Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. In 1983, she retired from dancing and joined SAB’s faculty where she taught for the next 30 years. From 1983-2012 Ms. Whittle also served as children’s ballet mistress for NYCB, staging and rehearsing students in roles for all Balanchine, Robbins, Christopher Wheeldon, and Peter Martins ballets. Since 1987, Ms. Whittle has worked as a repetiteur on behalf of The Balanchine Trust and staging children’s roles in the Balanchine repertory for Boston Ballet, Miami City Ballet, PNB, San Francisco Ballet, and Semperoper Ballet of Dresden. In 1997, Peter Martins awarded her the Mae L. Wien Faculty Award for Distinguished Service.