Offstage + Unbound: Episode 12 – An Interview with Ashley Wheater, The Joffrey Ballet

In the 12th installment of “Offstage and Unbound,” The Music Center’s President and CEO Rachel Moore chats with Ashley Wheater, artistic director of The Joffrey Ballet.

Wheater recently celebrated 10 years at the helm of The Joffrey Ballet, one of the world’s better-known ballet companies, now based in Chicago. Many Angelenos may recall that the Joffrey was a resident company at The Music Center from 1983 to 1991. According to Sasha Anawalt’s history, The Joffrey Ballet, Nancy Reagan prompted the residency when her husband was in the White House, and her son was in the company.  In fact, Wheater was a regular Joffrey dancer on The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler stage almost 30 years ago.

The Joffrey Ballet returns to The Music Center on March 9, 11 and 17, after a 5-year absence with Romeo & Juliet. Tickets on sale now. 

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Ashley Wheater rehearsing Antony Tudor’s “Lilac Garden.” Photo by Cheryl Mann, Courtesy Joffrey Ballet.