Peck, Justin

Peck, Justin,

1987–, American ballet dancer and choreographer, b. Washington, D.C. He trained at New York City Ballet's School of American Ballet, where he was influenced by the choreography of George BalanchineBalanchine, George
, 1904–83, American choreographer and ballet dancer, b. St. Petersburg, Russia, as Georgi Balanchivadze. The son of a Georgian composer and a Russian mother, Balanchine attended (1913–21) the Imperial Ballet School, St.
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 and Jerome RobbinsRobbins, Jerome,
1918–98, American choreographer and dancer, b. New York City as Jerome Wilson Rabinowitz. Robbins began his career dancing in musicals (1937). In 1940 he joined the Ballet Theatre and in 1948 became associate artistic director of the New York City Ballet.
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. Joining the company as a dancer (2007), he was promoted to soloist (2013) and named resident choreographer (2014). Among the works Peck has choreographed for City Ballet are Year of the Rabbit (2012), Paz de la Jolla (2013), based on California's beach culture and the subject of the documentary Ballet 422, Everywhere We Go (2014), Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes (2015), and New Blood (2015). Peck created Debonair (2014) for Pacific Northwest Ballet and Heatscape (2015) for Miami City Ballet. In 2016 City Ballet premiered his first narrative piece, The Most Incredible Thing, drawn from a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. Peck's choreography is known especially for its outstanding ensemble work, seamlessly moving groups in and out of complex geometric patterns with speed and exuberance.
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They later joined a group that included Peck, Justin Roy Evert McKelvey, a 21-year-old Californian who goes by the street name "Casper," and Matthew Wayne Barrett, 19, who goes by the street name "Chameleon.