Cirio Collective

Choreography - Creation - Collaboration

A collective created by Jeffrey and Lia Cirio to explore and develop new choreography

Whitney Jensen

Whitney Jensen began her ballet training in Salt Lake City, Utah. At the age of 10, she won a silver medal at Youth America Grand Prix. The following year, Jensen won the Hope of America Award. At the ages of 11 and 12, Whitney performed the role of Clara with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York City, relocated to New York and began training with Valentina Kozlova's Dance Conservatory of New York. During her training with Ms. Kozlova, Jensen received seven gold medals and one silver medal at competitions including Youth America Grand Prix, the World Ballet Competition, and Seoul International Dance Competition. 

In 2008, Jensen participated in the 23rd Varna International Ballet Competition where she won the highest award possible, The Special Distinction Medal and Diploma. She was the first American to win this award, which has only been awarded four times in Varna's 44 year history. She was also presented with the International Ballet Award. Jensen is a frequent guest artist for events including the 22nd Varna International Ballet Competition Gala, Miami International Ballet Festival, Baltic International Ballet Festival Gala in Riga, Latvia, the World Ballet Star Festival in Seoul, Korea, and The Nutcracker with the Hungarian National Ballet in Budapest, Hungary.

Jensen joined Boston Ballet in 2009. She was promoted to second soloist in 2010 and to soloist in 2011 and Principal dancer in 2014. Her repertoire includes Gamzatti in Florence Clerc's La Bayadère, mazurka variation in La Sylphide, Jiří Kylián's Petite Mort, Falling Angels, Tar and Feathers, and Wings of Wax, Jorma Elo's Plan to B, Double EvilBrake the Eyes, Awake Only, Slice to Sharp, and Sharper Side of Dark, Blue Bird in Frederick Ashton's The Sleeping Beauty, George Balanchine's Apollo (Polyhymnia), jumping pas de deux in Symphony in Three MovementsSymphony in C (Fourth Movement), Tarantella, William Forsythe's The Second Detail, and Wayne McGregor's Chroma and the principal in Harold Lander's Etudes. In 2016 Whitney moved to Oslo Norway and joined the Norwegian National Ballet with rep including Jirí Kylián's Petite Mort, Falling Angels and Sweet Dreams, Forsythe's Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, Alexander Ekman's A Swan Lake, Balanchine's Agon and the principal in Theme and Variations. 

Whitney first met Jeff when she was 13 at youth america Grand Prix where they were both competing. They joined boston ballet corps the same year and have danced together in Jorma Elo's plan to b, Sharper side of dark, Close to chuck reborn, Balanchine's Tarentella, and Alexander Ekman's Cacti.

Whitney has danced many of Jeff's creations including "of Trial," "fremd," "MiniM," and "Efil fo ym flah" (Half of my life.) 

Photo: Roberto Matteo Photography