For some New Yorkers, it is a dream to be able to walk to work. Some dance instructors for the Ailey Extension in Hell's Kitchen get to live the reality.
Peter Brandenhoff was born in Denmark and graduated from the Royal Danish Ballet. He danced with the Boston Ballet, Hamburg Ballet and San Francisco Ballet as a soloist. As a guest, he performed with Royal Winnipeg Ballet, South African Ballet Theatre and Mzansi Productions, Les Ballets Grandiva, and Stars of the Royal Danish Ballet.
His repertoire spanned from the classics of Balanchine, Bournonville and Petipa to the ultra-modern Redha, and he has been part of creating works with Mark Morris, Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmansky, Val Caniparoli and Yuri Possokhov. Peter’s passion for teaching was born in 2004 when he helped initiate an outreach trip with San Francisco Ballet to teach in South African townships. In 2008 he joined the faculty at Ballet San Jose School creating a successful boys program there.
His teaching engagements include Royal Danish Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Ailey School, San Francisco Ballet School, Oregon Ballet Theater, Lines Ballet, ODC/San Francisco, and Marin Ballet. In 2011, Peter completed his BA from St. Mary’s College, CA and a Fellowship in Administration at Cal Performances in Berkeley. He is also a contributor of articles on technique, music and mime for Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit and Dance Studio Life.