George de la Peña is an American ballet dancer, musical theatre performer, choreographer, actor, and teacher. He was born in New York City, New York, U.S.
Originally trained as a concert pianist, de la Peña switched to
ballet while studying at the High School for the Performing Arts in New York City. He graduated from George Balanchine’s School of American Ballet. He joined [1 ] American Ballet Theatre in the 1970s, rapidly rising to soloist. While at ABT, de la Peña danced in works choreographed by Mikhail Baryshnikov, Agnes de Mille, Kenneth MacMillan, and Jerome Robbins, among others. By 1985, de la Peña and his then-wife, Rebecca Wright, had both left ABT and relocated to California. (De la Peña and Wright had two children before they separated.) He and Ms. Wright can both be seen in Baryshnikov's production of , on television and on DVD. The Nutcracker
De la Peña began acting when he was cast as
Vaslav Nijinsky in Herbert Ross's film (1980), Nijinsky and for some time thereafter he was typecast in Russian roles. (In a 1983 interview in the [1 ] , an exasperated de la Peña, who is of mixed Russian and Argentinian descent, pointed out that producers thought he was not a native English speaker.) He appeared on Broadway in New York Times , the revival of Woman of the Year , the notorious flop On Your Toes ( The Red Shoes Drama Desk Award nomination), and ( Chronicle of a Death Foretold Drama League Award). While living in Los Angeles during the 1980s, he performed in and various regional productions. Cats
His film and television credits include
(1982), Personal Best (1989), The Flamingo Kid (1992), Brain Donors (1995), and guest appearances on shows such as Mighty Aphrodite and L.A. Law . He was last seen in the film Star Trek: The Next Generation , with The Dust Factory Hayden Panettiere and Armin Mueller-Stahl. [2 ]
De la Peña has taught at universities across the country, including
CalArts, Connecticut College, and the University of Iowa, where he is the chair of the Department of Dance He continues to teach for ABT. A director and choreographer for both theatrical works and concert dance, he assisted [1 ] figure skater Debi Thomas with her routine for the Olympics. He frequently collaborates with the choreographer Martha Clarke.
George is a member of the
Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Laboratory. [1 ]
References [ edit ]
Lawson, Carol. "Broadway",
The New York Times, 16 September 1983, Late City Edition: C2.
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