Wednesday, Sep 11 2013 11:55 AM

Ballerina continues to leap to new heights

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    By Photo courtesy of Tiler Peck

    Former Bakersfield resident Tiler Peck at her 2012 fall gala with Robert Fairchild.

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    By Vanity Fair

    The latest issue of Vanity Fair includes an article on Tiler Peck.

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By The Bakersfield Californian

Bakersfield-born ballerina Tiler Peck takes another bow on the national stage this month with a two-page spread in Vanity Fair's 100th anniversary issue, on newsstands now.

The principal dancer with the New York City Ballet and her fiance, Robert Fairchild, who performs with her in the company, are photographed in two striking black-and-white shots by Bruce Weber. In addition, writer Damian Woetzel has contributed a short but glowing write-up of the couple.

Woetzel calls Peck "the most musical dancer of our time. Daring, beautiful, and high-spirited, she has seemingly limitless range."

And the opportunities just keep coming: Next up for Peck, 24, is the production "Little Dancer,"a musical inspired by a famous Edgar Degas subject that will have its world premiere at the Kennedy Center in late 2014 as one of the few such original ventures in the center's history.

In addition to her work on the stage in New York and Washington, Peck has been featured on television in "Dancing with the Stars" and in a Kennedy Center Honors tribute to ballerina Natalia Makarova. During that engagement, she met President Obama, Hillary Clinton and entertainers like David Letterman. She called that 2012 experience "by far the most exciting weekend of my life," in an interview with The Californian.

Peck is the daughter of Georgia and Stephen Peck of Bakersfield. At age 7 she started taking lessons in Los Angeles from former New York City Ballet dancers and at 11 appeared on Broadway. During that time she completed her studies at Christa McAuliffe Elementary and Tevis Junior High in the southwest before moving to New York.

She still visits her hometown regularly, even offering dance lessons to her mother's pupils.

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