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Ever since he played a luminous boy prince in Balanchine’s Nutcracker at 12, the New York City Ballet’s Peter Boal, now 38, has been a paragon of classicism. Both his stellar dancing and his teaching of the School of American Ballet’s rising generation are lessons in purity, exactitude, and refinement. His recent moonlighting activity comes as a surprise, and not just because you wonder how he—also a hands-on father of three—finds the time for it. Next week at the Joyce, Peter Boal & Company, a trio that includes NYCB’s Wendy Whelan and Sean Suozzi, ventures into a crossover domain where ballet, modern, and postmodern tangle. The choreographers represented are Twyla Tharp, William Forsythe, John Alleyne, and Marco Goecke. No Balanchine. And not a conventional aristocrat in sight. But, as Boal comments, and his compelling performances in last year’s “Peter Boal: Solos” proved, “The business of being a prince is not a look. It’s not an action. It’s a model. It’s the supreme example of how to behave in life.”