WHITNEY CASAL is an artist who works in visual and performing arts, focusing in the medium of dance. Her multicultural background largely fuels her love for travel and passion for a worldview through the arts.

 

Born in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, her Spanish/Canadian family moved to Seattle, Washington in 1995. There Whitney began her formal training in dance, primarily in classical ballet with Marco Carrabba and later with Kevin Kaiser.

 

An immense interest in socially conscious work led Casal to volunteer with a 501c3 non-profit organization and live in Guatemala in 2011. Later that year she made her way to Philadelphia to study dance at the University of the Arts under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield. Casal graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts major degree in dance with honors, and a minor degree in photography.

 

During her time at the University of the Arts, Whitney worked with dance artists and performed works by Douglas Becker, Matthew Neenan, Doug Varone, Sidra Bell, Tommie Waheed-Evans, Helen Simoneau and Roni Koresh. After graduating, she went on to become a rehearsal director at UArts from 2015-2017, assisting choreographers Douglas Becker and Mark Haim. 

 

From 2015-2018 Whitney had the pleasure of exploring her choreographic interests in Philadelphia. Along with artistic collaborator Ella Cuda, she created original evening-length pieces for the Philadelphia Fringe Festivals in 2016 and 2017. 

Most recently Whitney was selected to participate in the 2019 Intensive Training Program at La Faktoria Choreographic Center in Pamplona, Spain.