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PAIGE FRASER, originally from the Bronx, NY is a 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, performing works by Alvin Ailey, Amy Hall, Benoit Swan Pouffer, Donald Byrd, and Troy Powell. In 2013 she became a founding dancer of Visceral Dance Chicago where she danced 6 seasons, performing works by Danielle Agami, Harrison McEldowney, Kevin O'Day, Marguerite Donlon, Nick Pupillo, and Sidra Bell. She is a current guest artist with Deeply Rooted Dance Theater; and has danced for Ruth Page Civic Ballet and world acclaimed works by Randy Duncan in "Dance For Life Chicago" (2014-2019).
Ms. Fraser has appeared in Beyonce's "Bow Down" 2013 tour opener video and in V Magazine's holiday video featuring model Chanel Iman. She has been featured in Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher, Essence, Lucky, and graced the 2016 cover of both Revolution Dancewear and Streetwise Chicago. She can be seen dancing in season 3 of Empire and in Jussie Smollet's music video "FUW". Her story was featured by ELLE for "The Movement Series". She was the principal dancer in an international commercial with Intel "Experience Amazing", as well as a segment with ESPN Latin America. Ms. Fraser made her musical theatre debut in "West Side Story" at the Lyric Opera in Chicago (Spring 2019).
She is currently on tour with The Lion King - ON HOLD DUE TO COVID.
Ms. Fraser has received a steady stream of recognition over the last few years; from winning a Princess Grace Award (2016) and Dance Magazine’s 25 To Watch (2017), and a Fordham University 20 in their 20's. In 2019 she was named one of "Chicago's Best New Artists" by People Maven. She is a two time 3 Arts Award nominee (2018 & 2019).
She finds joy in teaching and giving back. She has taught several workshops all over the world (Haiti, Jamaica, and Europe). She has choreographed winning works for elite competitions such as Youth America Grand Prix and NYCDA, and professional works which were presented at LinksHall, Atheneum Theatre, and Northwestern University Dance Department.
Ms. Fraser is a proud advocate for those living with Scoliosis. In 2017 she founded The Paige Fraser Foundation, a non- profit that aims to bring awareness to dancers with/without disabilities and provide a safe space for them to reach their full potential. In 2017 she performed at the FOCOS 10th Anniversary Gala in honor of Mayor Bloomberg and all he has done to support those with complex spinal deformities. She embraces what she has overcome and continues to raise awareness through dance. In 2020 she spoke to the students at Purdue University.
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