Tips for Turning
Whitney Jensen – Principal Dancer, Norwegian National Ballet

Tips for Turning

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Whitney Jensen, Principal Dancer with Norwegian National Ballet & former Principal Dancer with Boston Ballet, shares her thoughts on what helps her be successful at turning.


A Utah native, Whitney Jensen began her dance training at age 6 at her mother’s competition school. She then went on to train at Utah Regional Ballet’s Jacqueline College, and at age 11, transferred to Ballet West Academy, and earned the role of Clara in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in NYC. That same year, she also competed in Youth America Grand Prix, where she first encountered Valentina Kozlova, who became Ms. Jensen’s coach and mentor. At age 12, she moved to NYC and started studying with Kozlova full-time. By the time she was 16, Jensen had earned seven gold medals at top competitions, including YAGP and the World Ballet Competition, earning The Special Distinction Medal and Diploma at the Varna IBC. After Varna, Jensen was invited to guest as the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Hungarian National Ballet’s Nutcracker. At 17, Boston Ballet Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen offered her a corps de ballet contract, and at age 22, Jensen became the youngest Principal Dancer at Boston Ballet. In 2016, Ms. Jensen joined Norwegian National Ballet.


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