Peter Franc | Principal Dancer
Joined OBT in 2015 | Principal since 2016
Peter Franc was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and began dancing at the age of 11 in Atlanta, Georgia. He received his early training with Metropolitan Ballet Theatre under Maniya Barredo, Robert Barnett, Olivier Muñoz, and Kathryn Wheeler. He also trained for a year at the Louisville Ballet School with Alun Jones, Helen Starr, and Patrick Hinson before joining the company during his senior year of high school, and performing works by Robert North, Adam Hoagland, Bruce Simpson, and André Prokovsky.
Additionally, he grew up spending summers in training with Houston Ballet Academy and moved to Houston full-time after high school. He spent a year dancing with Houston Ballet II coached by Claudio Muñoz, Lázaro Carreño, and Priscilla Nathan Murphy. After receiving the Michael Wasmund Award, he was then promoted to the company under the artistic direction of Stanton Welch. During his eight years with Houston Ballet, he rose to the rank of demi-soloist featuring in a variety of classical and contemporary ballets.
Notable performances include: Jerome Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun; Lucentio in John Cranko’s Taming of the Shrew; Louis Auguste in Stanton Welch’s Marie; Gurn in August Bournonville’s La Sylphide; and Prince in Ben Stevenson’s The Nutcracker. Contemporary features include: White Couple in Jiří Kylián’s Forgotten Land; Solo by Hans Van Manen; One/End/One by Jorma Elo; Christopher Bruce’s Grinning in your Face and Rooster; and Stanton Welch’s Clear, Divergence, Play, Velocity, and Red Earth.
After almost a decade in Houston, he sought new inspiration and joined Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, a contemporary ballet company. During his time with ASFB, he featured in works by Alejandro Cerrudo, Cayetano Soto, Nicolo Fonte, Jiří Kylián, Jorma Elo, Norbert De La Cruz, and Trey McIntyre. After three years and many tours around the globe, he set his eyes on a return to classical ballet with Portland’s Oregon Ballet Theatre.
Joining as a soloist in 2015 and promoted to principal in 2016, he has already made many lifelong memories with OBT. Romeo in James Canfield’s Romeo & Juliet in his first season became a favorite role, along with: Siegfried in Kevin Irving’s adaptation of Swan Lake; Nicolo Fonte’s Rhapsody in Blue; William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated; and Nacho Duato’s Jardí Tancat and El Naranjo.