(36) Peter Boal, Artistic Director of Pacific Northwest Ballet

Posted by on 03.06.2017

Today we are joined by Peter Boal, Artistic Director of Pacific Northwest Ballet.  After completing his training at the School of American Ballet, Peter became a member of the New York City Ballet in 1983 and was promoted in Principal in 1989. While still dancing with the companu dancing, from 1997-2005 Mr. Boal also served as a full-time teacher at SAB and was in fact one of Michael’s teachers during this time.  In 2005 he retired from New York City Ballet after 22-years, and immediately became Artistic Director of Pacific Northwest Ballet and Director of the Pacific Northwest Ballet School.   Join PNB on March 17th-26th for their Director’s Choice program, an evening designed by Mr. Boal to bring the audiences and the dancers new works each season.  For ticket information visit pnb.org.


  1. What a fascinating career Peter Boal has had. He truly is a living bridge to George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. So many interesting moments – his recollections of Mr. B; going to visit him in the hospital; the atmosphere at City Ballet after Mr. B passed; dancing and traveling in Europe. Also, that anecdote about auditioning for ‘Afternoon of a faun’ was so poignant! I hope he writes a memoir. I have a huge amount of respect for him as he seeks to stay grounded in the history of ballet and simultaneously push ballet into the future with living choreographers like Crystal Pite and David Dawson. Rebecca and Michael, I hope you get to work with William Forsythe some day. ‘In the middle, somewhat elevated’ is possibly my absolute favorite ballet ever.

    • Bryan-

      We agree with everything you said! We had such a wonderful time talking with Peter. We hope that we get to work with Willian Forsythe one day as well, and if not, hopefully he will come on the podcast 🙂


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