Kirk Peterson had a distinguished career for 15 years with American Ballet Theatre as principal dancer, choreographer, Artistic Director of ABTII, Ballet Master, Principal Character Artist and as Master Teaching Associate. He was also principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet, Harkness Ballet, The National Ballet of Washington and London Festival Ballet. Peterson was Artistic Director of the Hartford Ballet for five years and Associate Artistic Director of Alberta Ballet. As a choreographer, Peterson has created over 50 ballets including new versions of The Firebird and Le Sacre du Printemps. His choreography has been seen with San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, The National Ballet of Cuba, Washington Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, BalletMet, San Francisco Opera and The Royal Ballet School. He is a specialist in re-staging the full-length classical repertoire such as Giselle, Don Quixote, The Sleeping Beauty and most recently Swan Lake. He has also choreographed original versions of Coppelia and The Nutcracker. Peterson was nominated for the prestigious Prix Benois de la Danse in Moscow for Othello, created for Alberta Ballet. Peterson was resident choreographer for Cincinnati Ballet for six years and he is also a repetiteur for the Antony Tudor Ballet Trust.