Paige Fraser originally from the Bronx, NY is a young dancer of color who is breaking boundaries and paving her own road.
As a child she trained at Ballet Atlantic Academy under the direction of Leslie Otto. She went on to continue training at Professional Performing Arts High School which had a dance program tied to the Ailey School. Throughout her training Ms. Fraser attended many summer intensives all as a scholarship recipient; ABT, DTH, Complexions, Jacobs Pillow, and The Juilliard School. In 2008 Ms. Fraser attended Dominican University/Alonzo King's Lines Ballet and later transferred/graduated Cum Laude from Fordham University/Alvin Ailey BFA in 2012.
Photo: Todd Rosenberg
Ms. Fraser was a member of Ailey II for the 2011-2013 seasons under the artistic direction of Sylvia Waters and Troy Powell. While in AileyII she traveled both domestically and internationally, performing works by Alvin Ailey, Amy Hall, Benoit Swan Pouffer, Donald Byrd, and Troy Powell. In 2013 Ms. Fraser became a founding dancer of Visceral Dance Chicago and is now in her 5th season with the company. She has performed works by Autumn Eckman, Brian Enos, Harrison McEldowney, Marguerite Donlon, Nick Pupillo, and Sidra Bell.
Paige Fraser has been a guest artist with Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre, Ruth Page Civic Ballet, and Randy Duncan's highly acclaimed finale for Dance For Life Chicago (2014-2016). She has appeared in Beyonce's "Bow Down" 2013 tour opener and in V Magazine's holiday video featuring model Chanel Iman. Ms. Fraser has been featured in Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher, Essence, Lucky, and graced the 2016 cover of both Revolution Dancewear and Streetwise Chicago. Paige can be seen dancing in season 3 of Empire and in Jussie Smollet's music video "FUW".
Ms. Fraser finds joy in teaching and giving back. She has taught several workshops all over the world and has choreographed works for competitions such as Youth America Grand Prix and Exclamations Dance Company under the direction of Kenneth Epting.
Paige has received a steady stream of recognition over the last few years; from winning a Princess Grace Award, to Dance Magazine’s 25 To Watch, and landing a international commercial with Intel. As a Scoliosis advocate who faced the prospect of surgery at an early age that might have ended her dream of becoming a professional dancer, Paige embraces what she has overcome to raise awareness about pursuing dreams and overcoming challenges. Her story was recently featured by ELLE "The Movement Series.
Photo: Todd Rosenberg
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