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Tiler Peck, Unrestricted Talent

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Tiler Peck Unrestricted Talent

Tiler Peck Unrestricted Talent

“I always tried to get out of ballet when I was younger; I thought it was boring.” Since those days, Tiler Peck has changed her opinions and is living her dreams at age seventeen. Tiler is New York City Ballet’s youngest dancer, but has been performing on noteworthy stages for a long time; she began her professional career in 2000 performing in The Music Man on Broadway. During her run in the show, the young competition dancer began taking classes at the School of American Ballet where she learned to love ballet for its musicality and constant new challenges.

After three more summers at SAB, Tiler made the official move to New York to study ballet full-time, leaving her closeknit family in California. Her hard work paid off; Tiler joined the Company last season and was recently named the Janice Levin Honoree. The award is given by Artistic Director Peter Martins to one Company member who shows exceptional promise: a big accomplishment for the young dancer. Tiler was able to make a seamless transition into the Company with the help of her family of supportive dancers, teachers, and friends. While her schedule would be overwhelming for most people, Tiler finds that once she gets to the studio, it is difficult to leave, especially when faced with the challenge of learning something new. Her love of learning does not just apply to ballet; Tiler finished high school a year early and plans to attend college soon. Tiler Peck shows no signs of slowing down; in fact, after continuing her career at New York City Ballet, she would like to someday be back on Broadway or acting. She has already appeared in the movies Donnie Darko and A Time for Dancing and has dreams of her own sitcom. With a humble nature, incredible talent and a breathtaking ease on stage, audiences will be watching Tiler Peck for a long time.

Jillian Laub