Casey Herd was born in Salt Lake City, USA where he began his ballet training at The School for Ballet West. After graduating from the The Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington D.C. he began his professional career with American Ballet Theatre in New York City. He later joined Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle where he quickly rose to the rank of principal dancer. Having previously been a guest artist with Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam, he was invited in 2008 to join the company as a principal. Mr. Herd has been invited to dance as a guest artist with many world renowned companies including San Francisco Ballet, English National Ballet, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Lithuanian National Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and many more. After leaving the Dutch National Ballet in 2016 he began a career as an international guest artist and teacher. In 2019 Mr. Herd was inspired to create a new initiative called Ballet Rising, deriving from his life-long passion for art, photography, history, sociology, and having extensively traveled much of the world. As Ballet Rising allows for his continued involvement and development of ballet, it also allows Mr. Herd to engage in a wide range of subjects, and with far more people around the world. - See More -
Chris Weisler | Creative Director Filmmaker
Chris is an American artist based out of San Francisco and holds his B.F.A. in dance from the University North Carolina School of the Arts. In 2011, after dancing with the Dutch National Ballet, he transitioned into content creation and began working for Airbnb where he was involved in the pilot of Airbnb’s travel guides, and has since gone on to create a wealth of content throughout their media channels.
Chris also led the photographic team at Living Social HQ, where he was responsible for concept and creation of the visual content sent to their millions of daily subscribers. Always on the move, he actively creates campaigns globally in the tech and travel industries.
Marguerite Wiewel | Coordinator Editor
Marguerite's passion has always been dance and in particular classical ballet. Not having been lucky enough to have a career as a ballerina, she is passionate about supporting young talent on their particular journey and promoting the art form in general. She does this by collaborating with several projects of choreographers, dancers and companies, in the form of content writing, editing and coordinating projects, including being ‘hands on’ at Gala’s and where necessary.
Briana Stuart | Consultant
Sascha Radetsky | Advisor
Ritika Chandra | Advisor
Lambrecht Wessels | Consultant
Lindsay Alissa King | Content Creator
Lindsay is a writer, editor, and digital engager. She completed a Ph.D. in the history of dance and theater criticism and gender at UCLA, and she now works as a digital and print content creator for projects relating to dance, historical research, and humanitarian social issues. Lindsay has traveled extensively and lived abroad in multiple countries, and she is passionate about hearing the stories of people around the world. - LinkedIn -