Cecilia Whalen is a freelance arts writer based in NYC. She is a practicing dancer, pursuing a career as a modern dancer and choreographer. She is currently enrolled in a choreography program with Martha Graham Studios, and she is an active contributor in dance commentary with Fjord.
As a student at UNC Charlotte, Cecilia was a staff writer for the UNCC Niner Times covering artistic events on-campus and city-wide. She has written numerous reviews, previews, and interviews published in print and online for the student-run newspaper. As a high school student, Cecilia was the Editor-in-Chief of her high school newspaper, The Eagle, and a winner of several writing awards, including the Blumenthal Performing Arts and Charlotte Observer “Best Student Critic” Blumey Award in 2017, and a Scholastic Art and Writing Award “Gold Key” in 2018 for her personal essay on jazz. Cecilia holds a strong interest in jazz music and is also a practicing jazz drummer.
With CVNC, Cecilia covered many events in Charlotte, NC and the Western part of the state; she served as Calendar Editor from 2021 - 2022.