Blakeley White-McGuire, principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company and former Baton Rouge dancer, is the winner of the International Leonide Massine award for the Most Outstanding Female Dancer of 2011.

She will receive this honor on Saturday, Sept. 3, in Positano, Italy, and will present a solo to the audience and international press. Previous winners at the Primio Postiano include Margot Fonteyn, Rudolph Nureyev and Gianni Versace.

As a youth, White-McGuire attended a Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre presentation of Martha Graham Company, which inspired her to pursue her dream to dance with the company. She is a graduate of Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance and earned her bachelor of arts degree in dance from the State University of New York.

White-McGuire has performed some of the greatest roles in American contemporary dance, including Appalachian Spring, Diversion of Angels and Deep South Song. A dedicated educator, White-McGuire has served on the faculties of the Ailey School, the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, the Neighborhood Playhouse and New School University’s The Actors’ Studio.

Recently, White-McGuire set Panorama for the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre Company when An Evening Works by Martha Graham was presented by the ballet. She also served as a guest teacher for the company during her stay in Baton Rouge.