Peter Boal

(b. 1965)

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(b Bedford, NY, 1965)

US dancer and director. He studied at the School of American Ballet and joined New York City Ballet in 1983; promoted to principal in 1989. Possessed of a superb technique and an aristocratic stage presence he performed lead roles in a wide repertoire, including Balanchine's Agon, Apollo, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Prodigal Son, and Square Dance; Robbins's Dances at a Gathering and Opus 19/The Dreamer; and Martins's The Sleeping Beauty. He created roles in Robbins's Brandenburg and Quiet City; Martins's Black and White, Eight Miniatures, Eight More, Les Gentilhommes, A Musical Offering, Les Petits Riens, Reliquary, and Stabat Mater; Ulysses Dove's Red Angels and Twilight; and Sean Lavery's Romeo and Juliet. He also performed as a principal with Ballet du Nord in France and Birmingham Royal Ballet and between 1997 and 2005 taught at the School of American Ballet. In 2005 he retired from NYCB to become artistic director of Pacific Northwest Ballet.

Subjects: Dance.

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