PECK grew up in San Diego, California, and was raised amidst a culture of
beach-bum surfers and the straight-and-narrows of suburban living. He was
inspired to begin dancing at the age of 13, finding it to be a substantial
creative outlet. Eager and anxious to escape the calculated drawl of Southern
California, he gravitated towards New York City, moving there at the early age
of 15 to study dance at the School of American Ballet (S.A.B.). He took to the
pace of New York with an acute enthusiasm. After 3 years training at S.A.B.,
his hard work and ambitions culminated in the form of an invitation by
Ballet Master in-chief Peter Martins to join the New York City
Ballet. In February 2013, Peck was promoted to the rank of Soloist.
joining New York City Ballet, Peck has danced extensive repertoire, including
principal roles in George Balanchine's Concerto Barocco, The Firebird,
Liebeslieder Walzer, Tschaikovsky Suite #3, La Sonnambula, The Four
Temperaments, Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet, A Midsummer Night's Dream; Jerome
Robbin's West Side Story, The Cage, I'm Old Fashioned, Glass Pieces, NY Export:
Opus Jazz, Ives Songs; Alexei Ratmansky's Concerto DSCH; Benjamin Millepied's
Plainspoken and Why am I not Where you Are; Peter Martins' Fearful Symmetries,
Thou Swell, Waltz Project, Romeo and Juliet; and Christopher Wheeldon's
Scenes De Ballet and Estancia.
his time at City Ballet has been eminently stimulating, Peck eventually found
himself itching to explore another creative interest: choreography. Since his
debut as a choreographer in 2009, he has created works for the New York
City Ballet, the New York Choreographic Institute, the School of American
Ballet, the Miami City Ballet, the Nantucket Atheneum Dance Festival, Skidmore College, and more. He has recently been recognized for his
choreographic promise, and has received favorable reviews
from the New York Times, the Daily News, Vanity Fair Magazine, The Last
Magazine, and Dance Magazine, to name a few. In 2011, he was nominated
for a Bessie Award in the "Outstanding Emerging Choreographer"
category. In 2013, he was nominated for the Benois De La Danse Award for new choreography.
July of 2011, he was appointed by Peter Martins as the first active Choreographer-in-Residency of the New York Choreographic
Institute for the 2011/2012 annual season - a newly created position underneath
the functioning artistic umbrella of the New York City Ballet.