Wilhelmina Frankfurt is a former ballerina with The New York City Ballet Company under the direction of *George Balanchine ©, Jerome Robbins, and later Peter Martins. She is most well known for her roles in what are now known as Balanchine’s “Black and White “ ballets. She received a Ford Foundation Scholarship to attend the School of American Ballet at the age of thirteen and was apprenticed to The NYC Ballet Company at the age of sixteen where she danced for fourteen years. Ms. Frankfurt was a full time faculty member of the Talent Unlimited High School NYC Dance Department for 10 years. She wrote a Balanchine curriculum for the New York City Department of Education which is approved by the George Balanchine Trust ©. It focuses on the technique, history and ballets of Mr. Balanchine. She has been teaching, choreographing and directing dance and theater for over 28 years. She is a licensed teacher in both Dance and Work-based learning in New York. She is a freelance guest lecturer, teaches Master Classes and stages ballets specializing in her work with George Balanchine. Currently, she is the Director of Dance for The South Bronx Charter School for International Culture and the Arts where she is creating an arts infused curriculum for gradesK-8. She has been the Guest Artistic Director for Stapleton School of the Arts from 2012-The present.
Ms. Frankfurt was the Artistic Director of The Catskill Ballet Theater, The Artistic Advisor for the Ulster Ballet Company and Co-Director of The Woodstock Children’s Theater. She has been the Artist In Residence at numerous colleges, universities and schools (e.g., Sarah Lawrence College, Vassar College, The Masters School), both public and private. She is on the Advisory Boards of Rosie’s Theatre Kids, Mindleaps, The Clockwork Theater Company, She is a member of the nominating committee for The Chita Rivera Awards and an Advisor for The I Can Still Do That Foundation.
Ms. Frankfurt feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to study and work with The Great Masters of Dance of the 20th Century. She feels that it is her responsibility to pass on the great gifts that were bestowed upon her.
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