Tiler Peck was born in Bakersfield, California. She began her dance training at the age of two at her mother’s dance studio, Bakersfield Dance Company. At the age of seven, she began studying privately with former Bolshoi Ballet principal dancer Alla Khaniashvili in Hollywood. At the age of 11 she began studying at Conjunctive Point in Culver City, California, with former New York City Ballet dancers Colleen and Patricia Neary. During this time she also studied with former NYCB principal Yvonne Mounsey at Westside School of Ballet in Santa Monica. At the age of 12, Ms. Peck entered the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, for most of the 2000-2001 Winter Term. She returned to SAB during the summers of 2002 and 2003, and that fall began as a full-time student. In September 2004, Ms. Peck became an apprentice with New York City Ballet. In February 2005 she joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. She was promoted to soloist in December 2006 and principal dancer in October 2009.
Ms. Peck played the title role in the 2014 Kennedy Center production of the new musical Little Dancer. On Broadway, she has performed in On the Town (Ivy) and in Meredith Willson's The Music Man. She has also performed as Clara in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. At the opening ceremony for the 1998 Goodwill Games, she danced a featured role in choreography by Marguerite Derricks. Ms. Peck was invited to perform at the Kennedy Center Honors tributes to Natalia Makarova (2012) and Patricia McBride (2014), which were broadcast nationally. Other TV appearances include the role of Dewdrop in Live From Lincoln Center’s George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker (2011), the role of Louise Bigelow in New York Philharmonic’s Live From Lincoln Center production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel (2013), and a guest appearance on Dancing with the Stars.
Ms. Peck received a Dance Magazine Award, which recognizes artists who’ve made outstanding contributions to the dance field, in 2016. She was named a "30 under 30: Hollywood and Entertainment" by Forbes Magazine in 2014. In 2011, she was awarded the Léonide Massine Positano Premia La Danza for International Emerging Artists. Ms. Peck is a 2004 recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation - USA Dance Fellowship, the 2004 Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Promise, and was the Janice Levin Honoree for 2006-2007. Ms. Peck also received the Princess Grace Statue Award, given to distinguished previous Princess Grace Award winners, in 2013.
Ms. Peck's film credits include the Magnolia Pictures documentary film Ballet 422 (2014), which follows the creation of Justin Peck's Paz de la Jolla, and the film NY EXPORT: OPUS JAZZ, a scripted adaptation of the Jerome Robbins ballet of the same name, which aired on PBS and won an Audience Award at the 2010 South by Southwest Film Festival. She also appeared in A Time for Dancing (2000), Geppetto (2000), and Donnie Darko (2001).
Portrait © Daniel D'Ottavio