At 28 years old, Justin Peck has already been hailed as an important new voice in 21st-century choreography. He is currently the Resident Choreographer and a soloist dancer with the New York City Ballet. Peck, originally from San Diego, California, moved to New York at the age of 15 to attend the School of American Ballet. In 2006, he was invited by ballet master in-chief Peter Martins to become a member of the New York City Ballet.Since joining New York City Ballet, Peck has danced extensive repertoire, including principal roles in ballets by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, PeterMartins, Alexei Ratmansky, Benjamin Millepied, Christopher Wheeldon, and many others. In 2013, Peck was promoted to the rank of Soloist.
Peck had his choreographic debut in 2009, and has been fervently creating since then. He has been commissioned to createnew balletsfor the New York City Ballet, the Paris Opera Ballet,San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, the New York Choreographic Institute, the School of American Ballet, the Miami City Ballet, the New World Symphony, L. A. Dance Project, NY Fall For Dance, The Guggenheim Museum, and more.He has collaborated with the likes of Sufjan Stevens, Shepard Fairey, Bryce Dessner, Marcel Dzama, Humberto Leon, Prabal Gurung, Sterling Ruby, Mary Katrantzou and Karl Jensen.
In 2014, Peck was appointed Resident Choreographer of New York City Ballet, making him the second choreographer in the history of the Institution to hold this position.
At New York City Ballet, he has created over 10 ballets, including Year of the Rabbit (2012), In Creases (2012), Paz de La Jolla (2013), Everywhere We Go (2014), Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes (2015), the Most Incredible Thing (2016), and others. In 2015, Peck received the Bessie Award for Outstanding Production for his work Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes.
In addition to his work for stage, Peck's choreography extends into many other mediums. He has choreographed for film in collaboration with Vogue, Nowness, Pitchfork Media, and the Guggenheim Museum; has choreographed print shoots for Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, Vogue China, Vogue Australia, New York Magazine, Dujour Magazine, the Last Magazine; and in 2015, choreographed the Opening Ceremony runway show for New York Fashion Week.
In 2014 the choreographer, then age 26, was the subject of filmmaker Jody Lee Lipes’s Ballet 422. The documentary, released by Magnolia Pictures, followed Justin for two months as he created NYCB’s 422nd original dance, Paz de la Jolla.