Magazine article Pointe

High Flyer

Magazine article Pointe

High Flyer

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With two lead roles to his credit Alexander Peters' career is in liftoff.

Pennsylvania Ballet corps member Alexander Peters is only in his third year as a professional dancer, but his short career has already had more than its share of twists and turns. And while the twists have been surprising- including dancing the lead in two full-length ballets- the turns have been impeccable. "The first thing you notice about him is the technique," says PAB artistic director Roy Kaiser. "He has one of the cleanest, purest classical techniques that I've seen on anyone."

Peters began building that technique early, starting with gymnastics, then following his older sister into dance. Tap and jazz at 7 led to ballet at 1 0. with one small hitch along the way. "I remember skipping my first ballet class after I found out that I had to wear tights," says Peters. "I called my mom and had her come pick me up." Fortunately, he returned, and within a few years, he made ballet his focus. By the time he reached the School of American Ballet, he was a force. He won the school's coveted Mae L. Wien Award and a Princess Grace Award, among others.

After graduation, he headed west to join Kansas City Ballet. He spent the 201 0-1 1 season learning the ropes, and creating the lead in Tom Sawyer. The new full-length was slated to open the company's new venue, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, in October 201 1 . But for Peters, another event would come first.

He returned home to Pennsylvania for a break and took some company classes at PAB. Kaiser offered him an apprentice contract on the spot and Peters jumped at it. He had long loved PAB's Balanchine-heavy rep and been a fan of the company since childhood. But there was a lot riding on Peters back in Kansas City. With Kaiser's blessing, he returned to dance Tom Sawyer- and danced it brilliantly. As Alastair Macaulay wrote in The New York Times: "Tom. …

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