Photo of Peter O'Brien, master of ballet, master teacher.

Ballet Master Peter O'Brien was born in Sunderland, Great Britain, where he began his dance education with Lycett Fearn. He won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dancing and, in 1962, joined the Royal Ballet School in London. Upon graduating, he joined the Royal Ballet Company. Dame Margot Fonteyn and Rudolph Nureyev gave Mr. O'Brien opportunities to dance in many ballets by guest choreographers including Sir Fredrick Ashton, John Cranko, Dame Ninette de Valois, Sir Kenneth Macmillan, and George Balanchine. Works were created on him by Anthony Tudor, Jack Carter, and experimental choreographers such as Glen Tetley. In 1972, Peter joined the Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet, dancing all of director Peter Wright’s former leading roles. Mr. O'Brien was promoted to principal dancer in 1976 and by 1979, was invited to join the New London Ballet and also performed with the Zurich Ballet. He continued to guest with companies such as Bat Dor, Northern Theatre Ballet in Manchester, Alta Balletto, and Ballet Theatre Francaise de Nancy. Since retiring from performing in 1985 due to injury, he has continued to teach and direct all over the world.