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 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 before joining Milwaukee Ballet.
Since joining Milwaukee Ballet in 2003, Zahradnícek has created many pieces for Milwaukee Ballet, 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.
In 2010 and 2011, Zahradnícek was chosen to participate in the “Dance Under the Stars Choreographic Competition” in Palm Desert California. In 2010, his piece There For You (an excerpt from Concourse) was performed as a finalist and in 2011, Petr’s piece, 1 RUN 2, was the winner of the Paid Engagement Award.