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PETER STARK is a renowned ballet teacher and coach and has been called "Ballet's Pied Piper" by the Sarasota Herald Tribune. His students are dancing in companies including New York City Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, American Ballet Theatre and Paul Taylor Dance Company, among others. Mr. Stark's students have moved on to full merit scholarships in dance academies including the School of American Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, and the Royal Ballet School of England. He has coached gold medal winners for International Ballet
Competitions (IBC) in New York City, Cape Town, Seoul and Helsinki. Additionally, his students have won the Grand Prix at the Youth America Grand Prix New York finals, the Princess Grace Award, audience favorite at the Prix de Lausanne,
and best male dancer at the Eric Bruhn Competition. Stark was named outstanding teacher at the 2014 New York finals of Youth America Grand Prix and has four times lead academies to be awarded outstanding school in previous years.
Stark's professional mentor and coach was Fernando Bujones who hired Stark as assistant to the artistic director at Ballet Mississippi and later as school director at Orlando Ballet. He has staged the works of Mr. Bujones. Stark lead Orlando Ballet School for a decade expanding it to four locations, founding Orlando Ballet II and was twice haled in The New York Times where his students were called "breathtaking" and noted for displaying "a joyous appetite for movement." He is the founding artistic director of Next Generation Ballet (NGB) in Tampa. NGB has grown to have an international reputation winning many awards and accolades. Stark co- presented four annual ballet galas with Youth America Grand Prix including "Ballet's Greatest Hits" that was streamed to movie theaters internationally and hosted
by So You Think You Can Dance judge Nigel Lythgoe. Stark staged/choreographed a series of critically acclaimed full length ballets including Cinderella, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and Coppelia. Original children's ballets include Snow White and Rumpelstiltskin. This repertoire has been danced by organizations including Washington Ballet, Orlando Ballet, Next Generation Ballet and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.
He also choreographed Merry Widow, La Traviata, Aida, Don Giovanni among others for OperaTampa.
Stark began his performing career with New York City Ballet and Boston Ballet and went on to be a leading dancer with The Washington Ballet. He was featured in a PBS telecast of Washington Opera's La Rondine staring Jose Carras. Mr. Stark trained at the School of American Ballet. His teachers include Andre Eglevsky, Stanley Williams, Richard Rappin in addition to Fernando Bujones. He danced works by George Balanchine, Marius Petipa, Peter Martins, and Twyla Tharp and danced in premiers of works of Jerome Robbins, Violette Verdy, Fernando Bujones and Ralph Lemmon. He has taught for the Washington School of Ballet, Central Pennsylvania
Youth Ballet Summer Intensive, Adjunct faculty at American University, Maryland Youth Ballet, Orlando Ballet School and Next Generation Ballet.
Stark studied business administration at Strayer University in Washington, DC. Stark judges dance internationally, and he has served on grant panels for the National Endowment for the Arts. He has received many honors including the Florida Arts Educator of the Year, "Peter Stark Day" in the city of Orlando, Florida, and was featured on the cover of Dance Teacher Magazine