Position: Academy Director
Affiliation with organization: 2015 – Present
Years active at YAGP: 2014 – Present
Peter LeBreton Merz is a former dancer with Cincinnati Ballet, Dayton Ballet, and Louisville Ballet, and has choreographed more than 40 original ballets across the United States and around the globe. In 2014, Mr. Merz was honored with the Outstanding Teacher Award by the Youth America Grand Prix, and has twice been named Outstanding Choreographer. Mr. Merz also teaches throughout the U.S. and is known for his enthusiastic and encouraging approach to ballet, he holds a BFA in Theater Design and Production from the University of Cincinnati, as well as an MBA in Sports, Arts and Entertainment Management. Mr. Merz was an Associate Professor of Dance and Coordinator of Ballet at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is the current Director of the Frederick Quinney Lawson Ballet West Academy.