The Most Influential People in Dance Today: Justin Peck
Cheryl Mann, Courtesy Joffrey
Since creating his first work for New York City Ballet in 2012, 29-year-old Justin Peck has catapulted into a dancemaking career that spans ballet and contemporary companies across the world. His spellbinding formations, unusual partnering and impossibly fast petit allégro—along with his hipster-cool collaborations with trendsetters like alt-rocker Sufjan Stevens and fashion label Opening Ceremony—give ballet a bolt of fresh, Millennial energy. Next year, he'll add Broadway to his resumé, taking a turn at reinventing Agnes de Mille's classic scenes in Carousel.
My best running buddy was on my left. To my right, a total stranger with whom I'd suddenly become competitive. As the 15-person group headed into a two-minute push, the instructor got hyped, and the remix blasting Rihanna's "We Found Love" transitioned to "Smooth Criminal."