Join us in welcoming former principal dancer for the New York City Ballet Peter Boal as he shares his memoir Illusions of Camelot.
From the former principal dancer for the New York City Ballet comes an unforgettable memoir about one artist's journey from boyhood to ballet.
Peter's story starts in the pastoral and privileged town of Bedford, New York: a rare enclave where private schools, country clubs, and families hold their own rules and secrets. 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.
For all the laughter these stories offer, gravity is everywhere. Moments are told with painful honesty and raw hurt. 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.
Peter Boal was raised in Bedford, New York. At the age of nine, he began studying ballet at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet. Mr. Boal became a member of New York City Ballet's corps de ballet in 1983 and became a principal dancer in 1989. In 2003, he founded Peter Boal and Company, a critically acclaimed chamber ensemble, and in 2005, he retired from New York City Ballet after a 22-year career with the company. He is currently the Artistic Director of the Pacific Northwest Ballet.