365 New Orleans: Whitney Cato

New Orleans ballet


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Whitney Cato is a New Orleans dancer and seamstress. A woman of many talents, we will let her tell her story!

I started dancing at age 5. I trained with Ballet Arkansas in Little Rock. I continued my dance education at University of Oklahoma  and then performing in shows with the University including Carmina Burana. After returning to Little Rock, I then danced with the Arkansas Festival Ballet  – performing in the ballets Snow White, and Cinderella.
In 2007 is when I made my decision to head to New Orleans and audition with New Orleans ballet theater. I originally taught ballet classes along with performing with the company. I performed in the Nutcracker, Giselle, and multiple other productions. I later retired from teaching to pursue costuming. Recently I’ve taken up the role of wardrobe mistress with the company which includes designing and sewing costumes as well as handling fittings and alterations.
I first moved to New Orleans with the intent of only staying a year, but fell in love with this city and couldn’t leave. Almost 12 years later I am still here and doing what I love



1. Tell me about you! 

I am a ballet dancer with New Orleans Ballet Theatre focusing on contemporary and classical ballet.


2. How long have you been with the New Orleans Ballet Theatre? 

I have been dancing with New Orleans Ballet Theatre since 2007. 


3. How do people find you online? 

People can follow me on Instagram @whitneycato and can keep up to date with performances @nola_ballet on Instagram.


4. What is lesser known about you & ballet in New Orleans that you wish more people knew? 

What is lesser known about performance dance in new Orleans is that it exists! There are many opportunities to see local contemporary and classical ballet. 


5. Lagniappe Info. 

Our upcoming performance at Le Petit Theater du Vieux Carre. “Tainted Love” is February 14th and 15th. The show is comprised of 3 separate works ranging from contemporary to neoclassical and featuring local dancers. @lepetit_nola is the theatre’s Insta handle! 


Go check out Whitney and the New Orleans Ballet Theatre on February 14th $ 15th! Buy tickets here!


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