Justin Peck is a soloist and the Resident Choreographer of New York City Ballet. Mr. Peck grew up in San Diego, California, where he studied at California Ballet for two years. In 2003, he began training at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet. He was named an apprentice in 2006, joined the NYCB corps de ballet in spring 2007, and was promoted to soloist in February 2013.
In the fall of 2009, Peck participated in the New York Choreographic Institute, an affiliate of NYCB, and in 2011, NYCB Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins designated Peck to receive NYCI’s first year-long choreographic residency. Peck choreographed six works for New York City Ballet in two years—In Creases (2012), Year of the Rabbit (2012), Paz de la Jolla (2013), Take-Offs and Landings (NYCB MOVES, 2013), Capricious Maneuvers (2013), and Everywhere We Go (2014)—and was named Resident Choreographer, the second in the Company’s history, in July 2014. As Resident Choreographer, he has created Belles-Lettres (2014), ‘Rōdē,ō: Four Dance Episodes (2015), and New Blood (2015).
In addition to his choreographic work for NYCB, Peck has also created ballets for a range of companies including Miami City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, L.A. Dance Project, the New York Choreographic Institute, the School of American Ballet, the Nantucket Atheneum Dance Festival, and New York City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival, with upcoming premieres for San Francisco Ballet and Paris Opéra Ballet in 2016.
Mr. Peck’s ‘Rōdē,ō: Four Dance Episodes received a 2015 Bessie Award for Outstanding Production.
His film credits include the Magnolia Pictures documentary film Ballet 422
, directed by Jody Lee Lipes, which follows the creation of Peck’s Paz de la Jolla
Portrait © Paul Kolnik