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Quinn Wharton | Photo Andrea Mohin Quinn Wharton | Photo Andrea Mohin

Artist Feature: Quinn B Wharton

Quinn B Wharton was born in Seattle, Washington and raised in Hawaii. He trained at North Carolina School of the Arts, Houston Ballet Academy, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and San Francisco Ballet School. He joined The San Francisco Ballet in 2005 and performed a number of leading roles over his time there: William Forsythe’s artifact suite, John Cranko’s Onegin, John Neumeier’s little mermaid, and Helgi Tomasson’s Romeo and Juliet among others. In 2012 he left San Francisco Ballet and Joined Hubbard Street Dance Chicago expanding his classical repetory to include works by Ohad Naharin, Mats Ek, Jiri Kylian, Alejandro Cerrudo, and Sharon Eyal. He left the formal dance world in 2014 to pursue freelance photography and choreography. This has taken him to many places including the Himalayas to film nomadic tribes and to the Bolshoi Ballet to help create a new full length work.

Painting with a lens and capturing powerful moments now defines a part of me. It drives me to continue learning and creating in new ways.  It gives me goals to reach for, and is way more fun on a Saturday afternoon than watching TV or working out (although I do those too). I like art and I like gadgets. Making images fits nicely into that intersection. I strive to create beauty and efficiency in the projects I work on. I find positive personal interaction incredibly important to all my working relationships. I am always looking for a new idea or field to inform and influence my work. I believe the more I can expose myself to the better I will be.

This is part of our ongoing Artist Features series, showcasing artwork in various visual and design mediums, made by dancers. Check back often to discover the diverse expressions of the movers you love.

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Post by Kenna Tuski

Kenna Tuski, a Portland Maine native, graduated from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance with honors in the spring of 2013. Kenna was given the opportunity to study abroad at Taipei National University of the Arts in Taiwan in her Junior year at Purchase. In 2013–2014 Kenna worked with pop singer Betty Who as her personal assistant and tour manager. Kenna danced with Nimbus Dance Works and was assistant coordinator of their 2013 Nutcracker Production. She has toured nationally and internationally with Shen Wei Dance Arts and in 2014 became a performer in Punch Drunk’s Sleep No More.

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