Petr Zahradnícek is a native of the Czech Republic. After graduating from the Brno Dance Conservatoire, he joined the National Theater in Prague. In 1996 Mr. Zahradnícek moved to Germany where he danced with Theater Vorpommern, Salzburg Ballet and Stadttheater Wurzburg. In 2001 he decided to move to the United States where he danced with Colorado Ballet.
Since joining Milwaukee Ballet in 2003, Zahradnícek has created many pieces for the Company, the Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II Program and Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy. He has also choreographed three pieces for Ballet Memphis in Tennessee. In 2007, Petr Zahradnícek received a grant from the New York Choreographic Institute, an affiliate of New York City Ballet. This summer, he took park in Danceworks' "Art to Art" collaboration with other local artists. He is currently choreographing for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Mr. Zahradnícek is a three-time finalist at McCallum’s Choreography Festival and his pas de deux, 1 Run 2, was the winner of the Paid Engagement Award in 2011. This autumn, as part of this award, he will again present a full length program of his work at the McCallum Theater in California.