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In the spirit of Throwback Thursday, let’s take a gander at a familiar dance face, circa 1983. Peter Boal, yet another extraordinary performer of the men-in-tights ilk, danced first for New York City Ballet. Here he is as a member of the corps de ballet at 18 years old.

Peter Boal @ 18 photo cr Steven Caras

Peter Boal in 1983; photo © Steven Caras


Boal would go on to move up the City Ballet ranks to soloist and principal in the next 6 years, with featured roles in ballets by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Ulysses Dove, William Forsythe, Peter Martins, Twyla Tharp and Christopher Wheeldon. He retired after an impressive 22 years with the company and is now the Artistic Director of Pacific Northwest Ballet.

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Written by Amy Jacobus

Amy Jacobus is a Brooklyn-based dancer and choreographer who has shown choreography at DanceNOW [NYC]‘s RAW series, Works in Progress at Dance New Amsterdam, Mixed Movement at Brooklyn Ballet and FIGMENT on Governor’s Island. She presented 20nothings, a danced response to bad press surrounding the Millennial generation, in a self-produced series at Greenpoint’s The End. Amy Jacobus Dance Projects was established in 2011 as a hub for her choreographic projects—past, present and future, in New York City and beyond. Amy has bachelors degrees in dance and journalism & mass communications from the University of Iowa and works as a marketing and communications consultant with a variety of performing artists, dance services and small businesses in New York. She is a former member of Dance/NYC Junior Committee. (photo by Christopher Duggan)