The Kennedy Center

Peter Boal



Biography

Peter Boal was raised in Bedford, New York. At the age of nine, after having seen a New York City Ballet production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, he began studying dance at the School of American Ballet. Two years later he danced the role of the Nutcracker Prince.  Mr. Boal became a member of the New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet in 1983 and became Soloist four years later; in 1989 he was promoted to the rank of Principal. Mr. Boal has performed principal roles in a wide variety of ballets from the company’s repertory. Among them are Balanchine’s Agon, Apollo, Coppella, Duo Concertant, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oberon), Prodigal Son, La Sonnambula, and Square Dance. He has also been featured in Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering in the Night and Opus 19/The Dreamer and in Peter Martins’ The Sleeping Beauty (“Prince Desire” and “Bluebird”). Mr. Boal originated roles in ballets by Robbins, Martins, Sean Lavery, Kevin O’Day, Toni Pimble, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, David Allen, John Alleyne, Christopher d’Amboise, Ulysses Dove, Richard Tanner, Twyla Tharp, and Christopher Wheeldon.  Mr. Boal’s “Dance in America” television appearances include “Balanchine in America” performing Western Symphony and in“Balanchine Celebration” performing Agon, and this past spring in “Live from Lincoln Center” in Red Angels.  In 1995, Mr. Boal performed Mozartiana and Scotch Symphony as a guest artist with Suzanne Farrell Stages Balanchine at the Kennedy Center. In 1996, Mr. Boal received the Dance Magazine Award.  In addition to performing with NYCB, Mr. Boal is a full-time faculty member at SAB.  In 1992, Mr. Boal married dancer Kelly Cass. The couple has two sons, Sebastian and Oliver, and one daughter, Sarah.  This is his third season with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet.
Peter Boal