New York City Ballet principal dancer Tiler Peck is many things beyond ballerina. Although it’s a role she excels in—she is widely acclaimed for her immaculate technique, speed, and musicality —Peck has always sought more from her career in dance. Schooled from an early age in various genres, including jazz, she made her Broadway debut at age 11, appearing as Gracie Shinn in “The Music Man.” Other musical theatre roles followed, but after seeing a performance of “The Nutcracker” in New York, Peck set her heart on pursuing her ballet training. She entered the School of American Ballet when she was 12 and joined the corps of New York City Ballet in 2005. Her rise in the company was rapid, and she was appointed a principal dancer four years later.
Tiler Peck in “The Barre Project” by William Forsythe. Photograph by Geovanny Santillan