Peter Boal was raised in Bedford, New York. At the age of nine, after having seen a New York City Ballet performance of George Balanchine’s Coppélia, he began studying ballet at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet. Mr. Boal became a member of New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet in 1983, a soloist in 1987, and a principal dancer in 1989. In 2005, he retired from New York City Ballet after a 22-year career with the company. Mr. Boal was also a full-time faculty member at the School of American Ballet from 1997 to 2005. In 2003, he founded Peter Boal and Company, a critically acclaimed chamber ensemble.
Among the many ballets in which Mr. Boal was featured at New York City Ballet are George Balanchine’s Agon, Apollo, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oberon), and Prodigal Son; Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering and Opus 19/The Dreamer; Ulysses Dove’s Red Angels; and works by William Forsythe, Peter Martins, Twyla Tharp, and Christopher Wheeldon.
In addition to touring with New York City Ballet, Mr. Boal performed as a principal dancer with Ballet Arizona; Ballet du Nord in France; the Kirov Ballet; Norwegian National Ballet; the Royal Birmingham Ballet; Suzanne Farrell Ballet; Wendy Perron Dance Company; and with Molissa Fenley at the Joyce Theater. In 1996, Mr. Boal received the Dance Magazine Award, and in 2000, he received a New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) for his performance in Ms. Fenley’s State of Darkness.
In 2005, upon his retirement from New York City Ballet, Mr. Boal became Artistic Director of Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) and Director of Pacific Northwest Ballet School. Pacific Northwest Ballet, one of the largest and most highly regarded ballet companies in the United States, was founded in 1972 and under the artistic direction of Kent Stowell and Francia Russell from 1977 to 2005. The Company presents more than 100 performances annually of full-length and mixed repertory ballets at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall and on tour. The Company has toured to Europe, Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Canada, and throughout the United States, with celebrated appearances at Jacob’s Pillow, Vail International Dance Festival, and in New York City and Washington, D.C. Under the direction of Mr. Boal, PNB has continued to expand and diversify its repertory to include new works by Trisha Brown, Ulysses Dove, Jiri Kylian, Jean-Christophe Maillot, Susan Marshall, Mark Morris, Victor Quijada, Twyla Tharp, and Christopher Wheeldon, as well as additional works by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. Mr. Boal has staged the works of George Balanchine (Duo Concertant, Square Dance, and La Sonnambula), Ulysses Dove (Red Angels), and Peter Martins (Valse Triste) for the Company and elsewhere.
In 1992, he married New York City Ballet soloist Kelly Cass. The couple has two sons, Sebastian and Oliver, and one daughter, Sarah.