Keelan Whitmore began creative movement classes in the C.A.P.A. program at West Middle School in Rockford, Illinois where he also studied acting, choreography, clarinet, technical theater, and voice.

He went on to train at Rockford Dance Company and later graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy in 1999. As a charter member of the Joffrey Ballet School/New School University, Whitmore continued his training with David Howard, Rebecca Wright, Trinette Singleton, Elanor D’Antuano, and John Magnus.

In 2001, he was invited by artistic director William Whitener to join Kansas City Ballet. In his five seasons with KCB, his repertory included George Balanchine’s Allegro Brilliante, Agon, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Square Dance, Concerto Barrocco, Jerome Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun, The Concert, Nacho Duato’s Jardi Tancat, Merce Cunningham’s Duets, Todd Bolender’s Danses Concertante, Voyager, Chopin Piano Pieces, and Daniel Nagrin’s solo A Strange Hero.

In 2004, Whitmore co-founded the Kansas City-based multi-disciplinary Quixotic Performance Ensemble with local media artist and musician Anthony Magliano. Together, they assembled various arts organizations in abandoned downtown storefronts and turned the raw spaces into performance venues for visual art installations, dance, multi-media, classical and world music, and opera—all in one evening, under one roof.

After departing Kansas City in 2006, Whitmore joined Alonzo King LINES Ballet where was involved in more than a dozen nationally and internationally touring creations over seven seasons.

In 2007, he joined the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, traveling to the Edinburgh Dance Festival and also performing at the Kennedy Center.

Whitmore’s choreographic credits include creations with Joffrey Ballet School, Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program and B.F.A. Program, Kansas City Ballet Company and School, Quixotic Performance Ensemble, Virginia School of the Arts, Sonia Dawkin’s Prism, and Regional Dance America, which presented him with the National Choreographic Recognition Award in 2005.

Whitmore has been on the teaching faculty at numerous schools across the country. He has been invited as a guest teacher/lecturer at Stanford University, Edinburgh Dance Festival Dance Outreach, Cape Academy Performing Arts, and the ZAMA School in Cape Town, South Africa.

In 2013, Whitmore received his B.A. with Honors in Dance Performance from St. Mary’s LEAP Program and was honored with the Professional Student Dean’s Award.

Since the fall of 2014, he has been a member of Tanz Theater Münster where he has performed the works of Hans Henning Paar, Thomas Noone, Toula Limnaios, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, and James Wilton.