Photo: Alexander Iziliaev

William DeGregory

Pennsylvania Ballet II Director

William DeGregory, a native of New Hampshire, performed at the International Festival of Young Performing Artists in Scotland in 1974, and as one of a select group of dancers from the National Academy of Dance in Champaign, IL, before joining Pennsylvania Ballet at age 18. His excellent technique, strong partnering skills, and winning stage presence quickly advanced him to Principal Dancer in 1979.

Mr. DeGregory has danced most of the classical principal roles including Siegfried in Swan Lake, James in La Sylphide, Franz in Coppélia, and many Balanchine ballets, including Theme and Variations, Square DanceSymphony in C, and Cavalier in George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™. Robert Weiss created the role of Nicholas for Mr. DeGregory in his full-length ballet, Winter Dreams. In September 1996, the legendary modern dance choreographer Merce Cunningham featured Mr. DeGregory in the world premiere of his acclaimed Arcade.

Mr. DeGregory was a resident guest artist with his wife and partner, Tamara Hadley, at Milwaukee Ballet. As a couple, they toured with "Evening of the Stars" to South America and China, and performed at the prestigious Jacob's Pillow.

In February 2002, Mr. DeGregory became Director of Pennsylvania Ballet's newly-formed training company, Pennsylvania Ballet II. He retired from performing at the end of the 2001-2002 season, his 27th with the Company. With Pennsylvania Ballet II, the Company is able to greatly expand the scope and depth of its outreach effort through theatre and non-theatre-based performances at Philadelphia area schools and other small venues.

Mr. DeGregory currently resides in New Jersey with his wife, Ms. Hadley, former Pennsylvania Ballet Principal Dancer and current Ballet Mistress.