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Join New York City Ballet dancer turned acclaimed dance, Broadway and fashion photographer, Kyle Froman, as he gives an illustrated talk about his work, and the process behind his new 92Y exhibition, Athletes of God.

Kyle Froman has made the extraordinary transformation from dancer for America’s premier ballet company to one of the country’s best-known dance photographers. His work has been celebrated in Vanity Fair, Elle and New York Magazine. His conceptualized photos and intimate behind-the-scenes photography capture the hard work, passion, beauty and exhilaration he himself experienced in his own career.

Athletes of God is on view in 92Y’s Weill Art Gallery from Feb 28-Apr 24, 2017 as part of the 2017 Harkness Dance Festival. A free opening reception for the exhibition will take place directly before this talk from 5-6:30 pm.

Kyle Froman will sign copies of his book In the Wings: Behind the Scenes at the New York City Ballet following the talk.


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Kyle Froman

Kyle Froman has made the extraordinary transformation from dancer for America’s premier ballet company to one of the country’s best-known dance photographers. 

He was a member of the New York City Ballet for thirteen years. After coming to New York to study at the School of American Ballet, the NYCB’s official training ground, he was awarded the first Rudolph Nureyev Scholarship in 1994 to study at the school year-round. Six months later, he was chosen as an apprentice for the New York City Ballet, and a year later signed his contract as a corps dancer for the company.

Froman performed nightly in over 80 different ballets by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins, Susan Stroman and Elliot Feld. He toured extensively with the company throughout Russia, Denmark, Japan, Scotland, Greece, Italy, Taiwan, South Korea and Australia. 

In the course of his years with the company, Froman began to photograph the inner workings of NYCB, from the daily rituals of morning class to the agonies of injured dancers being treated in the company’s physical therapy room. His work was recognized by John Wiley and Sons, which in 2007 published a book of his work. In the Wings: Behind the Scenes at the New York City Ballet, established him as a major photographer in the ballet world.

Froman has been profiled by both Vanity Fair and Elle. He has been frequently published in New York Magazine, The New York Times, Time Out/ New York and Playbill. He conceived and shot a photo book for the NYCB entitled “...the true foundation,” that Vanity Fair published in its entirety on its website. He’s also a regular contributor to Dance Magazine, Pointe Magazine and Dance Teacher Magazine.

In 2010, Froman was named company photographer for the Miami City Ballet, where he shot for two years. He has been flown twice to Copenhagen, Denmark to photograph and produce 50-page programs for the Royal Danish Ballet. He's photographed for the Alvin Ailey Extension Program and School, the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, and three consecutive years for the dance company Morphoses, producing posters that lined the corridors of the New York City subway system. 

He's photographed for the PBS series Dance in America, the New York Musical Theater Festival, the Fire Island Dance Festival and the Vail International Dance Festival. Froman was the official in-house photographer three seasons in a row for designer Joseph Altuzarra's Fashion Week show. In 2015, Froman's exhibit BODIES/ BUILDINGS was the featured exhibit at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival.

Froman is also an established Broadway photographer. He's photographed the marketing campaigns for Broadway's The Phantom of the Opera, After Midnight, Les Miserables, Billy Elliot: The Musical, Memphis, Mary Poppins, Diner: The Musical and Lincoln Center's Preludes. In 2013, he was named the official production photographer for Flashdance: The Musical.

Froman is also a model. He has been photographed by Bruce Weber for Vogue Italia, posed for an eight-page spread in New York Magazine and modeled for photographers Francois Rousseau, Rodney Smith and Albert Watson for The New York Times Magazine. He has been featured in a documentary on the Discovery Channel and has appeared in several “Live From Lincoln Center” programs as well as the film Center Stage.

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Ian Spencer Bell

Ian Spencer Bell is a dancer and poet combining the two in performance. He has danced his solo works at the Poetry Foundation and the Queens Museum and received grants and fellowships from Jacob's Pillow, Lambda Literary, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Bell trained at North Carolina School of the Arts, School of American Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College. He studies poetry in the MFA program at NYU.

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