Born in Van Nuys, California, Peter Hershey began his dance training at the Seiskaya Ballet
Academy in St. James, New York at age eleven. He attended high school at the Nassau B.O.C.E.S. Cultural Arts Center and went on to attend both the School of American Ballet and
The Juilliard School. Peter also received mentorship from New York-based teachers Francis Patrelle and Johan Renvall.
As a member of Ballet San Jose for twelve seasons, Peter was best known for dancing the role of Johnny in Dennis Nahat's Blue Suede Shoes. His repertoire also included principal roles in The Nutcracker and Rodeo, as well as featured roles in works by choreographers such as George Balanchine, Merce Cunningham, Jessica Lang, Donald McKayle, Dennis Nahat, Twyla Tharp, and Stanton Welch.
In addition to his work with BSJ, Peter was a member of Company C Contemporary Ballet, where he was featured in works by Charles Anderson, Maurice Causey, Susan Jaffe, Charles Moulton, and Yuri Zhukov. He is currently a member of Menlowe Ballet, where he has been featured in works by Val Caniparoli, Gregory Dawson, Michael Lowe, and Ali McKeon. Peter has performed locally with companies such as Mark Foehringer Dance Project/SF, Oakland Ballet Company, Peninsula Ballet Theatre, and Pointe of Departure, among others. He has toured to China, Italy, and Cleveland, Ohio with Ballet San Jose and performed as a guest artist
in New York and Japan.
An accomplished teacher, Peter has taught ballet for many schools and companies throughout the Bay Area, including Ballet San Jose School, Company C, Menlo Park Academy of Dance, Menlowe Ballet, and Western Ballet. He is regarded for his unique musical sensibility and attention to movement dynamics. Peter is excited to be joining the faculty of Pacific Ballet Academy.