With her lightning-fast attack and vivacious onstage (and offstage!) wit, Tiler Peck is one of New York City Ballet’s most electrifying young stars. The 21-year-old soloist has been earning raves from critics and audiences alike since 2005. Known especially for her character roles, like Coppelia’s Swanilda, Peck has acting talent, a keen sense of comedic timing and stellar presence.
Fittingly, Peck was a professional actor before she was a professional dancer: At just 12, the California native and former comp kid left Bakersfield, CA, to perform in The Music Man on Broadway (and as Clara in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular). During her run in The Music Man, she began taking classes at the School of American Ballet and eventually decided to devote herself to ballet full-time.
Now in her fifth season with NYCB, Peck has become a favorite of contemporary choreographers. (Her feisty duet with Amar Ramasar in Benjamin Millipied’s abstract Quasi una Fantasia this past spring brought down the house.) She’s a smarty, too: Peck takes classes part-time at Fordham University, and is thinking about pursuing a business degree. Read on for The Dirt! --Margaret Fuhrer
One thing most people don't know about you:I am a sports freak and love watching football.
If you weren't a dancer, what would you be?A movie star. :)
If you could work with any performers, past or present, who would it be?Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
School of American Ballet students (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy SAB)
Do you have a "Strictly Ballet"–sized hole in your heart? Good news: The upcoming docuseries "On Pointe" just might fill it.
The School of American Ballet is teaming up with Imagine Documentaries and DCTV for the project. Though it's not yet clear where "On Pointe" will air, we do know that it'll follow talented SAB students preparing for professional ballet careers—much as Teen Vogue's popular "Strictly Ballet" web series did back in the day. But "On Pointe" marks the first time documentary filmmakers have been allowed access to the school, and it sounds like it'll paint an even more complete picture of the dancers' lives inside and outside the studio.
Choreographer Bob Fosse's signature style—with its jazz hands, inverted knees, and slouched shoulders—is still a huge influence in the dance world (and, thanks to the gloriously dancyFX series "Fosse/Verdon," the TV world). But while you know to expect plenty of Fosse-isms during a stage performance of Chicago or Sweet Charity, Fosse's legacy has also seeped into pop music culture, inspiring the likes of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. Here are just six of the many music videos that reference Fosse's iconic works.
Gabrielle Hamilton in John Heginbotham's dream ballet from Oklahoma! Photo by Little Fang Photo, courtesy DKC/O&M
Last night, longtime theater legends (including Chita Rivera herself!) as well as rising stars gathered to celebrate one of Broadway's danciest events: the third annual Chita Rivera Awards.
The evening paid tribute to this season's dancer standouts, extraordinary ensembles, and jaw-dropping choreography—on- and off-Broadway and on film.
As usual, several Dance Spirit faves made it into the mix. (With such a fabulous talent pool of nominees to choose from, we're glad that ties were allowed.) Here are the highlights from the winner's list: