South Carolina's Largest Performing Arts Organization Celebrates 60 Years!

Peter Kozak

Years Active – 1989-1995, 2005-2012

Company – 1989  I  Soloist – 1992?  I  Principal – 1994  I  Premier Danseur – 2005

Premier Danseur Peter Kozak returned to Columbia City Ballet in 2005 from The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, where he had been dancing for four years. At Joffrey, he has performed many lead roles, from “Head Wrangler” in Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo to “Sugar Plum Cavalier” in Nutcracker. He also danced in the revivals of Gerald Arpino’s Italian Suite, Reflections and Kettentanz. Peter had the pleasure of joining the other Joffrey dancers in Robert Altman’s movie The Company.

Peter originally joined Columbia City Ballet in 1989 and danced for seven years as a Soloist and Principal Dancer, bringing to life some of Columbia’s favorite ballets in leading roles including “The Beast”/”Prince” in Beauty and the Beast and “Jonathan Harker” in Dracula:  Ballet with a Bite. Peter was chosen to dance as “Albrecht” in Giselle opposite Prima Ballerina Mariclare Miranda in her farewell performances.

Before joining The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Peter was a Principal Dancer with Cleveland Ballet. During his five years in Cleveland, he performed in such acclaimed works as Balanchine’s Serenade, Theme and Variations and The Four Temperaments. He also danced many demanding principal roles in full-length classics such as Swan Lake, Giselle, Coppélia and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.


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