Cecilia Whalen

Cecilia Whalen is a freelance arts writer based in Charlotte, NC and NYC. She is a practicing dancer, pursuing a career as a modern dancer and choreographer.

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.

Cecilia currently covers events in Charlotte and the Charlotte region for CVNC. As of 2021 she is also moving into the Calendar Editor role.

Articles by Cecilia Whalen:

UNCSA Reimagines The Nutcracker in Excellent Film Debut

Dance Review by Cecilia Whalen,  December 12, 2020

CSO's Final On-Demand Concert Poses Questions of 2020

Chamber Music, Orchestral Music Review by Cecilia Whalen,  December 4, 2020

UNCC Reimagines Julius Caesar with Shakespeare Podcast

Theatre Review by Cecilia Whalen,  November 22, 2020

The CSO Demonstrates Resilience Through "CSO On Demand"

Orchestral Music Review by Cecilia Whalen,  November 6, 2020

NC Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green's The River Speaks of Thirst

Music, Poetry Media Review by Cecilia Whalen,  July 14, 2020

On Dance: Reflecting on the Past while Planning for the Future

Dance Feature by Cecilia Whalen,  May 4, 2020

Charlotte Ballet's Innovative Works Draw Inspiration from Mint Museum

Dance Review by Cecilia Whalen,  January 25, 2020

Charlotte Symphony Plays Dvořák's New World

Orchestral Music Review by Cecilia Whalen,  November 22, 2019

Charlotte Symphony Delights with Two Outstanding Guests

Participatory Dance Review by Cecilia Whalen,  November 8, 2019

Confidence, More than Kindness, Is Main Theme in CTC's The Invisible Boy

Children's Theatre, Musical Theatre Review by Cecilia Whalen,  November 1, 2019

Charlotte Ballet Premieres Goofy and Clever Leonce and Lena in US

Dance Review by Cecilia Whalen,  October 24, 2019

Charlotte Symphony Gives Moving All-Russian Program

Orchestral Music Review by Cecilia Whalen,  October 18, 2019

Davidson Community Players Presents Mamma Mia!

Musical Theatre Review by Cecilia Whalen,  June 20, 2019

ADF Kicks Off with Three Masters in ICONS

Dance Review by Cecilia Whalen,  June 15, 2019

Bach Akademie Charlotte Presents a True Bach Experience

Chamber Music, Choral Music, Early Music Review by Cecilia Whalen,  June 10, 2019

Theatre Charlotte Displays Excellence with Mel Brooks' The Producers

Musical Theatre Review by Cecilia Whalen,  May 29, 2019

Charlotte Ballet Presents Thought-Provoking Pieces in Spring Works

Dance Review by Cecilia Whalen,  April 25, 2019

The Charlotte Symphony Meditates on Mortality in Mozart's Requiem

Choral Music, Orchestral Music Review by Cecilia Whalen,  April 12, 2019

Charlotte Symphony Connects with Sleeping Beauty & More

Orchestral Music Review by Cecilia Whalen,  February 22, 2019

Caroline Calouche & Co.'s Rouge is a Ménage à Trois of Dance, Aerial, and Cabaret

Cabaret, Dance Review by Cecilia Whalen,  February 8, 2019

Jukin' to Fats Waller's Jazz in Theatre Charlotte's Ain't Misbehavin'

Jazz, Musical Theatre Review by Cecilia Whalen,  February 1, 2019