Faculty Profile Kurt Froman

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    Kurt Froman

    Kurt Froman



    Kurt Froman recently completed the film Red Sparrow, training and coaching Oscar winning actress Jennifer Lawrence to perform choreography by Justin Peck (NYCB). He was JLaw’s personal ballet trainer and coach and oversaw the dance sequences during production which also featured Isabella Boylston (ABT principal) and Sergei Polunin (International guest artist). Kurt was the original Dance Captain and Swing for the Broadway hit, An American In Paris, and eventually took over an ensemble role in the show. He was seen on the STARZ series Flesh & Bone, featured in a ballet solo as “Young Paul” as well as a series regular as a Company Member. He trained Christina Ricci for several months and choreographed her solo en pointe for the Amazon series Z: The Beginning Of Everything. Kurt was the Resident Choreographer of Billy Elliot, The Musical on Broadway and the 2nd National Tour, and the Associate choreographer for the film Black Swan, responsible for training and coaching Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel and overseeing the corps de ballet. Natalie Portman personally thanked Kurt in her Oscar Acceptance speech for their work together. Kurt has also taught ballet to actress Rooney Mara, and coached her movement for her role in the Terrence Malick film, Song To Song, as well as Vogue Magazine’s “The Vogue 120”. Kurt was invited to stage material for the Paris Opera Ballet’s “Tribute To Jerome Robbins”, and staged Benjamin Millepied’s “The Nutcracker” for Ballett Dortmund in Germany. He has worked on commercials— most recently choreographing the latest ASICS Hypergel-Sai extended commercial, L’Oreal’s “True Match” starring Zoe Saldana (Choreographer) and Domyos (Associate Choreographer), music videos (Rita Ora/Liam Payne’s “For You” from Fifty Shades Freed), editorial shoots (CO Spring 2018 look book and film), and has choreographed the ad campaigns, video shoots, and catalogues for Bloch dancewear for five years.

    Kurt has been on faculty at Steps On Broadway, The School at Steps,Ballet Tech, and Broadway Dance Center, as well as guest faculty at Barnard College and the University of Michigan. He also taught the past three years for the NYC Dance Alliance headlining both their university audition class as well as teaching a Broadway repertory audition class. Kurt has also taught class for Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet.

    Kurt’s professional career started in New York after he was awarded the first Rudolf Nureyev Scholarship which allowed him to study at the School of American Ballet’s “Special” Advanced Men’s Class. After six months, Kurt was invited to join the New York City Ballet, where he danced senior corps and soloist roles for over seven years. His Broadway career started when he was cast in the leading role of “James” in the Twyla Tharp/Billy Joel show, Movin’ Out. Kurt was in the Broadway revival of Pal Joey at Studio 54, City Center Encores!- Juno and On Your Toes, and did principal roles with the Suzanne Farrell Ballet at the Kennedy Center.

    Other TV/Film credits include Smash, Biography Channel’s Biography – Natalie Portman: The Professional, Black Swan where he was the “Understudy to Siegfried” and danced with Mila Kunis onscreen, Across the Universe, Center Stage, SNL, and several Live From Lincoln Center telecasts.

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