Peter H. Woodin, Esq.
I’m a lawyer and have been a full-time mediator for more than 20 years. Before I went to law school, I spent 10 years working as a professional dancer, seven as a member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. I didn’t study dance until college, and was very surprised when Mr. Ailey took me into his company just a few years later. Ailey was a mostly black company and I had never studied jazz or other movement styles that were the basis of the Ailey repertory. Over my years with Ailey, I danced on stages all over the world. It was a thrilling life, interpreting the roles I was given – including a solo which Mr. Ailey choreographed for me during my last year with the company – and creating that magical connection with the audience night after night. It was also a hard life, physically and mentally demanding, always having to be “on” as a performer, and for months on end, every few days traveling onward to the next city, the next venue, the next time zone.