Ep128 – Paige Fraser – Award Winning Ballet Dancer, Choreographer, and Founder of the Paige Fraser Foundation

MEET PAIGE FRASER

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.

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. In 2013 Ms. Fraser became a founding dancer of Visceral Dance Chicago where she danced for 6 seasons.

She 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 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 has received a steady stream of recognition over the last few years; from winning a Princess Grace Award, to Dance Magazine‚Äôs 25 To Watch, and landing an international commercial with Intel as well as a segment on ESPN Latin America. 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.

Ms. Fraser performed at the FOCOS 10th Anniversary in honor of Mayor Bloomberg and his daughter who is a Scoliosis survivor. She is the founder of The Paige Fraser Foundation, a non- profit that aims to bring awareness to dancers with or without disabilities and provide a safe space for them to reach their full potential.

EXTRAS:
https://www.instagram.com/lovingthispaige/

https://twitter.com/lovingthispaige

www.paigefraser.net

https://www.thepaigefraserfoundation.org/

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