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The 2012 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award recipient, Kyle Abraham, began his training at the Civic Light Opera Academy and the Creative and Performing Arts High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He continued his dance studies in New York, receiving a BFA from SUNY Purchase and an MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
Over the past few years, Abraham has received tremendous accolades and awards for his dancing and choreography including a 2010 Bessie Award for Outstandin...read more
Kyle Abraham is an artist whose works as a dancer, teacher, and choreographer have been presented throughout Europe and the United States. Abraham draws from his experiences with diverse dance companies such as David Dorfman Dance, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, and The Kevin Wynn Collection and applies this insight to his own teaching. Abraham is best known for dynamic phrase work based on his own self-intuitive movement sensibility often viewed at a hybrid of Hip Hop, Limon, and Cunningham technique. His class emphasizes four specific core values: exploration, musicality, abandonment, and intuition. The opening warm-up sequence focuses on the fluidity of the spine, articulation, and core body strengthening and then builds up to challenging, creative and invigorating phrase work. Students experience a personalized post-modern movement vocabulary full of intricate gestures and fearless floor work.