Joined KCB in 2018
Born in Stony Brook, NY, Marisa DeEtte Whiteman began classical training at Seiskaya Ballet. She joined Next Generation Ballet in 2011, where she also danced in La Traviata with Opera Tampa and in the YAGP Gala at Lincoln Center. Subsequently, as a Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Pre-Professional Student she performed with the company in corps de ballet roles in ballets such as, The Nutcracker and Cinderella, as well as with the Pittsburgh Symphony in concert. Ms. Whiteman spent a year training privately, and was awarded top 12 in the Senior Classical Division at YAGP, before joining Kansas City Ballet as a Trainee in 2014, and KCB II in 2016. She has spent recent summers performing at the Hermitage Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, Jacob’s Pillow where she was featured in Yury Yanowsky’s World Premiere at the opening Gala Performance, as a Stepsister of Cinderella (Misty Copeland) in a benefit performance of Cinderella, and was also featured as Zelda Fitzgerald with Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance. Since joining Kansas City Ballet, some of her favorite roles have included, the Bomb Squad in Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room, Kick Girl in William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, Chinese Tea in Devon Carney’s The Nutcracker, Adam Hougland’s Rite of Spring and George Balanchine’s Diamonds. Ms. Whiteman danced with KCB II for two seasons prior to joining the company.