We asked Wendi a few questions to get to know her better, and here's what she said:
What has been your favorite dance gig during your career?
"Lynne Taylor Corbett's Street Music and Twyla Tharp's Deuce Coupe"
What inspires you most as an artist?
When you're in the car, what's on the radio?
"Depends on the day..."
If you could have lunch with any choreographer, past or present, who would it be?
What's in your dance bag?
"Well, I don't dance much anymore (sadly) but I won't go anywhere without my trash bag pants and my technique shoes.....and my ipad."
What has been a favorite BDF moment?
"I've only taught one class, but thoroughly enjoyed the energy and enthusiasm of the class!"
(Catch some clips of Wendi teaching in this 2014 Day 4 BDF Recap video.)
A little more about Wendi:
Wendi DuBois, Artistic Director of Ballet Chelsea, received her early dance training at the Virginia Ballet School under the direction of Oleg Tupine, formerly of Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. After receiving a scholarship with the School of American Ballet in New York, she danced with Dayton Ballet Company studying with Jon Rodriguez, Stuart Sebastian, Daniel Duell, and Rebecca Wright among others. During this time, Wendi performed works by many prolific choreographers such as Twyla Tharp, Loyce Houlton, Lynne Taylor-Corbett and Eugene Loring. Her classical training coupled with contemporary performance experience laid the ground work for one of her primary teaching tenets: training young bodies to move fully and artistically through all dance mediums.
Prior to working with Ballet Chelsea, Wendi held regular teaching positions at many dance schools while also teaching master classes at numerous performing organizations in southeastern Michigan.While teaching the major ballet at the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance, Wendi continued to hone the skills needed to build young artists capable of a broad range of movement while developing the lines inherent in classically trained dancers.
From 1998 to the present, Wendi has acted as the in house choreographer for Ballet Chelsea (DAPE,Youth Dance Theatre), staging full length classical ballets such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and Don Quixote, as well as setting a wide range of original work that has been performed at Michigan Youth Arts Festival and most recently, the Ford Honors Gala at the University of Michigan. Wendi received her undergraduate degree from The University of Michigan and a Masters Degree in American Studies from Michigan State University. Wendi currently teaches at Ballet Chelsea and Eastern Michigan University while continuing to direct Ballet Chelsea’s performing company.