A dancer of “powerful technique, dramatic instinct and an appealing modern spunk ”.
– The New York Times

Blakeley White-McGuire is a native of South Louisiana, living and working in New York City. Through her Dance practice, she performs and collaborates with other multi-disciplinary artists in performance research and also teaches Modern dance technique and repertory internationally.

As Principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company from 2001 – 2016 (Guest Artist 2017), she embodied the most iconic roles in 20th Century Modern Dance and simultaneously created new works with 21st Century Contemporary artists including Jacquelyn Buglisi, Martha Clarke, Sean Curran, Nacho Duato, Daniel Ezralow, Larry Kegwin, Michael Klien and Steve Volk, Lar Lubovitch, Richard Move, Bulareyaung Pagarlava, Pascal Rioult, Luca Veggetti, Robert Wilson, Anne Bogart SITI/ Company.

With this repertoire Blakeley has toured the world dancing from the United States to Europe to Russia and China.

Blakeley has received the prestigious “Premio Positano Leonide Massine” Prize for Contemporary Dance Performance, the “Italian Career Achievement Award”, and for three consecutive years was listed among Dance Magazine‘s “Best Performances”. She was honored to be the featured dancer in Googleʼs “doodle” celebrating the iconic dance revolutionary Martha Graham.

As a creative artist, Blakeley’s original dances have been presented in U.S. venues and company repertoires including: The Museum of Arts and Design, Downtown Dance Festival, Dancers Responding to Aids, New Ballet Ensemble and Jacob’s Pillow’s INSIDE/ OUT Summer Festival, Baton Rouge Ballet, Roxbury Arts and RAW .

She received a commission from the Martha Graham Dance Company to choreograph a companion piece to American Document in collaboration with American composer Patrick Leonard, which premiered at the Joyce Theater.

She has been Artist-In-Residence at the The Art Mill, the Key West Modern Dance Festival and a year-long Community Sponsored Artist of Rivertown Artists Workshop. Blakeley has led masterclasses and residencies at countless universities and dance studios worldwide.

Her writings expressing the 21st Century dancer experience have been published by The Dance Enthusiast, Dance Films Association, Dance Magazine and the Performance Research Journal, U.K..

Blakeley holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College, Vermont and has served on the faculties of: the Ailey School, the New School and The Actors’ Studio. A faculty member of the Martha Graham Center since 2001, she is also an official regisseuse staging Modern dance repertory internationally; most recently with Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance and the Royal Ballet of Flanders directed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.

Currently, Blakeley collaborates with multi-disciplinary artists in performance research through the salon series Open for Transmission where she is Artistic Director.

Blakeley holds a teaching certificate from the New York City Department of Education, teaches Modern dance technique, repertory and improvisation at the famed High School for the Performing Arts and is a DOE specialist and Delta facilitator. She is also a member of the Seeing Red task force which continues its research into the Dance of Destiny: An Archetypal Redefinition of the Feminine. In 2017, Blakeley White-McGuire and Associate Professor Kim Jones, will present their embodied research to the Twelfth International Conference on the Arts in Society to be held at the Pantheon-Sorbonne University, Paris, France.