Alexander PetersPrincipal Soloist
Hometown: State College, Pennsylvania
Alexander Peters began his training with teacher Nicole Swope, continuing with the Allegheny Ballet Academy under the guidance of Deborah Anthony, Cristin Burwell, Cherie Noble and Richard Cook. He was accepted to the School of American Ballet and attended as a full-time student from 2007-2010 as a recipient of the Andrei Kramarevsky Scholarship. While at SAB, Peters had the privilege of participating in the New York Choreographic Institute, the annual SAB Workshops, an exchange program with the Royal Danish Ballet and the 2008 Jerome Robbins Celebration with New York City Ballet.
Following SAB, Peters danced with the Kansas City Ballet under the direction of William Whitener. He then joined the Pennsylvania Ballet in November 2011, was promoted to Soloist in 2014 and to principal dancer in June 2015.
Peters has performed many principal roles including those in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™, The Prodigal Son, Allegro Brillante, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck and Oberon), Jewels (“Rubies”), Mozartiana and Square Dance; Jerome Robbins’ N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz and Fancy Free; Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort, Twyla Tharp’s Push Comes to Shove, Wayne Mcgregor’s Chroma, William Forsythe’s The Second Detail, Trey McIntyre’s Peter Pan, David Dawson’s The Third Light, Alexei Ratmansky’s Jeux de Cartes and Christopher Wheeldon’s Swan Lake. He has originated featured roles in multiple works including those by Matthew Neenan, Nicolo Fonte, William Whitener and Trey McIntyre.
Peters is a recipient of the 2008 Princess Grace Award and the 2010 Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Promise. Additionally, Peters has filmed archival segments with the George Balanchine Foundation.
He joins Miami City Ballet in 2017 as a principal soloist.