Peter Merz

Peter Merz has choreographed over 40 original ballets across the USA and internationally. His award-winning choreography relies heavily on classical ballet, but is informed by his passion for contemporary dance forms. As a performer he worked with the Dayton Ballet, the Louisville Ballet and the Cincinnati Ballet. In 2002, Peter served as the Artistic Administrator for the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, MS. In 2004, Peter joined the faculty of Point Park, where he is an associate professor of dance and Head of Ballet He has served as a judge and Master Teacher for Youth America Grand Prix and the American Dance Competition. Peter is also in demand throughout the US as a master teacher, and is known for his enthusiastic and encouraging approach to ballet training. He has twice been named Outstanding Choreographer by the Youth America Grand Prix, and was also honored to be named Outstanding Teacher by that organization in 2014.

In June of 2015, Peter launched MERZTANZ, a contemporary ballet company built solely around his choreography. This evening length premier performance included several short works interspersed with videos. The final piece of the program, The Togethercoloured Instant combined video projection and live theater to realize images inspired by the poetry of e.e. Cummings.

Peter’s choreography has been produced by Dayton Ballet, Louisville Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Gem City Ballet, Charlottesville Ballet, Point Park University, Burklyn Ballet Theatre, Hope Garden Children’s Ballet, Mid-Atlantic Ballet. He has worked as a production manager for the University of Cincinnati and the Opera Theater of Lucca. He has helped stage galas for the USA International Ballet Competition and for Youth America Grand Prix. He has served as a judge for the Youth America Grand Prix and the American Dance Competition, and is increasingly in demand as a private coach, master and choreographer.

In August of 2015, he joined Ballet West as the Director of the Academy.