George de la Peña

Ballet Dancer, Film actor

1955 –


Who is George de la Peña?

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 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. He and Ms. Wright can both be seen in Baryshnikov's production of The Nutcracker, on television and on DVD.

De la Peña began acting when he was cast as Vaslav Nijinsky in Herbert Ross's film Nijinsky, and for some time thereafter he was typecast in Russian roles. He appeared on Broadway in Woman of the Year, the revival of On Your Toes, the notorious flop The Red Shoes, and Chronicle of a Death Foretold. While living in Los Angeles during the 1980s, he performed in Cats and various regional productions.

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  • School of American Ballet

on July 23, 2013


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