Peter Naumann


Peter Naumann began his dance training with the famous Andre Eglevsky. Peter also studied in Cannes, France with Rosella Hightower. As a final point, he perfected and completed his training at the School of American Ballet in New York City.  Peter was invited to join New York City Ballet immediately after his graduation from SAB.  While in the company he performed leading roles in many ballets created by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and Peter Martins. Mr. Naumann’s most remembered roles were in the ballets Jewels, Four Temperaments, LaValse and Theme and Variations. As a member of New York City Ballet, Peter performed all over the world. He stayed with New York City Ballet from 1970 to 1996.

It must be mentioned that Peter Naumann is well known thoughout the dance world by many famous directors and dancers. His impeccable work ethic while in NYCB, along with his delightful personality, has made him somewhat of a living legend in the dance community. It’s hard to meet a Ballet or Broadway dancer or director who has not known or wishes to have know Peter Naumann.

Peter is very personable. He is warm, caring and has a wonderful sense of humor. Students adore his classes mostly because of the sense of fun he mixes with his demanding combinations. Peter is also a talented choreographer who interprets music with a style all his own. Peter works for New Paltz Ballet Theatre as a resident choreographer, as well as being its Director and Ballet Master.