Peter Frame

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Peter Frame
BornApril 16, 1957
DiedAugust 30, 2018(2018-08-30) (aged 61)
EducationSchool of American Ballet
OccupationBallet dancer
Former groupsNew York City Ballet

Peter Frame (April 16, 1957 – August 30, 2018) was an American ballet dancer and dance teacher. He danced with New York City Ballet from 1976 until 1990 and was elevated to the rank of principal dancer in 1988. He was a faculty member at the School of American Ballet from 1993 until his death in 2018.

Early life[edit]

Peter Frame was born on April 16, 1957 in Charleston, West Virginia to Marvan and Mary Elizabeth Frame. He was one of five children and had a twin brother, Paul Frame, who also danced with New York City Ballet.[1] He began his ballet training under the direction of Jerry Rose.[2]


Frame enrolled at the School of American Ballet before joining the New York City Ballet, where he danced for fourteen years.[3] In 1986, Frame, then a soloist, was selected to re-stage Variations, Opus 30 from Episodes, a collaborative work between George Balanchine and Martha Graham set to music by Anton Webern, that had originally been performed by Paul Taylor.[2] Episodes had been dropped from the ballet in 1961, after Taylor stopped performing the solo, until it was taught to Frame. He was promoted to the rank of principal dancer in 1988[4], shortly after his first performance of Episodes.[5] Two years later, Frame performed as a guest artist with Paul Taylor Dance Company.[5] In 2014, Frame staged Episodes for Miami City Ballet, the first time it had been performed since he had danced the role.[1]

In 1979, Frame was an original cast member of the ballets Sonate di Scarlatti and The Four Seasons. In 1981, he danced in the ballet In the Night. In 1983, he danced in the ballet Interplay. He was an original cast member of the 1983 ballet Glass Pieces. In 1987, he was an original cast member of the ballet Ecstatic Orange.

After retiring from the stage in 1990, he joined the faculty at the School of American Ballet in 1993 where he taught strength training and conditioning classes for male dancers.[6][4] He also began teaching at Ballet Academy East in 1999.[1]


Frame died on August 30, 2018 after committing suicide by jumping out of his fifth-story apartment at 145 West 75th Street on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, the day after Paul Taylor died of renal failure. [7][5][8]


  1. ^ a b c WRAL. "Peter Frame, Ballet Dancer and Instructor, Dies at 61 ::".
  2. ^ a b "Peter Frame, Ballet Dancer and Instructor, Dies at 61".
  3. ^ Niemietz, Brian. "Ballet star Peter Frame jumps to his death, one day after choreographer Paul Taylor died - NY Daily News".
  4. ^ a b "Peter Frame, Weight Training · School of American Ballet".
  5. ^ a b c "Peter Frame, Ex-NYC Ballet Dancer, Falls to Death From his Apartment". 4 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Remembering Peter Frame, Former New York City Ballet Principal & Beloved Teacher". 31 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Tributes to New York ballet dancer Peter Frame after his death aged 61".
  8. ^ "West Side Rag » Man Jumps to His Death from Building on 75th Street".