Best Career Transition Since Baryshnikov (2013)

Wendy Whelan

She's still a star at New York City Ballet, now in her 30th season, but Kentucky-born ballerina Wendy Whelan, 46 and planning ahead, put out feelers to hot contemporary choreographers and assembled a program of duets, Restless Creature, with and by Kyle Abraham, Joshua Beamish, Brian Brooks, and Alejandro Cerrudo. She'll tour internationally with them in the spring, stopping at The Joyce Theater from April 1–6, while continuing with City Ballet at the Koch.

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