Remembering Peter Frame, Former NYCB Dancer And SAB Faculty Member
PC Monroe Warshaw
Peter was deeply loved by his students, friends, and fellow dancers. He was known for his kindness, sensitivity, and generosity of spirit. Friends described him as caring and sweet. Several recalled that he always made time for conversation with them when they ran into him on the Upper West Side. He was very aware and sensitive to people's feelings. The daily life of a ballet dancer is extremely challenging and demanding. Peter demonstrated a deep empathy for his dancers.
Cheerful and optimistic, he enjoyed an impressive forty year association with the prestigious New York City Ballet. He studied at the School of American Ballet, and became a company member under the direction of George Balanchine. He was promoted to principal status. It was an exciting and productive time.
In interviews with the press, Peter expressed deep admiration for Balanchine's genius. He consistently sounded excited, positive and grateful for his opportunities. He was forward thinking and intelligent. When he was younger, he already saw himself transitioning into physical therapy. His vision was on, as he later became the department head for the men's weight training division at SAB. He was extremely popular.
Peter was also exhilarated by his work with Paul Taylor, who died one day before Peter did. Highly committed to his career, he was deeply respected and admired by his peers. Attractive, lean and photogenic, his beauty was captured in many of the company photographs. He had impressive flexibility, and exhibited a very spiritual quality on stage. It shined through his face and aura. Dancers from his era remember him as "always working," a winner.
He will be dearly missed, especially by his ballet family at NYCB and SAB. They will love him forever. He was sixty-one at the time of his death.
Pacific Northwest Ballet principals Rachel Foster and Jonathan Porretta took their final curtain call on June 9, 2019. Photo by Lindsay Thomas, Courtesy PNB
We all know dance careers are temporary. But this season, it feels like we're saying goodbye to more stars than usual.
Many have turned to social media to share their last curtain calls, thoughts on what it feels like to say farewell to performing, and insights into the ways that dancing has made them who they are. After years of dedicating your life to the studio and stage, the decision to stop dancing is always an emotional one. Each dancer handles it in their own way—whether that means cheekily admitting to having an existential crisis, or simply leaving with no regrets about what you did for love.
We will miss these dancers' performances, but can't wait to see what awaits each in their next chapters.
A previous lab cycle. Photo by Evan Zimmerman/MurphyMade, Courtesy RRR Creative
Choreographic incubator Broadway Dance Lab has recently been rechristened Dance Lab New York. "I found the nomenclature of 'Broadway' was actually a type of glass ceiling to the organization," says choreographer Josh Prince, who founded the nonprofit in 2012.