We are thrilled to host the artistic director of the Pacific Northwest Ballet and former principal dancer for the New York City Ballet to discuss his unforgettable memoir about his journey from boyhood to ballet!
Peter Boal was brought up in the pastoral and privileged town of Bedford, New York: a rare enclave 40 miles north of New York City where private schools, country clubs, and families hold their own rules and secrets. Within the town, views of race, morality, and sexuality are unspoken yet evident. As a young boy finding his way, Peter soon turns to ballet. Ultimately his passion becomes a beacon, leading him to work at the New York City Ballet as a teenager, living on his own while discovering the pitfalls and pleasures Manhattan has to offer. In Peter's deeply personal work, he tells funny, sad and touching stories of those who have influenced his life from his wry family caretaker to George Balanchine. Peter's journey takes us to the start of a storied career as a dancer with the New York City Ballet and leaves us with insights into the unique path of an artist and individual shaped by environment, circumstance, and family.