Joffrey Ballet Artistic Director Ashley Wheater: “To be a really good director you actually have to be a really good psychiatrist”

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Ashley Wheater and Justin Kaufmann

Ashley Wheater, Artistic Director at the Joffrey Ballet, joins Justin to discuss his career, how he got into dance, auditioning for the Royal Ballet School when he was 9- years-old, joining the Joffrey Ballet, the differences between ballet in London and ballet in America, retiring from dancing because of an injury in his 30’s, making the transition from dancer to administrator, the challenges of being a great artistic director, his relationship with Chicago audiences, Chicago being the lifesaver of the Joffrey  and the current production of “Cinderella.”

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