PATRICK FRENETTE (BBSI 2016, 2017, 2018 / Boys Only Workshop 2015) AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE CORPS MEMBER / CHOREOGRAPHER was born in Vancouver, Canada in 1994. He began his early training at the Goh Ballet Academy under the instruction of Ms. Fiona Smith. In 2008, his family relocated to California to further his professional ballet training with former ABT dancer Chris Martin and former Bolshoi Ballet Theatre dancer Dmitri Kulev. Patrick was a two-time recipient of the Senior Grand Prix award at the Youth America Grand Prix’s regional competitions. In 2011, he was also awarded the Mary Day award for Outstanding Artistry, and in 2012, he received second company offers to the Washington Ballet, Houston Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre. Mr. Frenette was awarded tuition scholarships to attend many professional training programs, including the JKO School at American Ballet Theatre, The San Francisco Ballet School, The Royal Ballet School, and The School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet. Patrick attended SAB from 2012 to 2013, and was selected to perform in both the fall and spring sessions of the New York Choreographic Institute. While at SAB, Mr. Frenette was awarded The Rudolf Nureyev Foundation Scholarship. Patrick studied with esteemed teachers Jock Soto and Suki Schorer and graduated in the spring of 2013, performing a principal part in George Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15.
Frenette joined ABT as an apprentice in 2013 and became a member of the corps de ballet in January 2014. His repertoire includes Wilfred in Giselle, Recruit, Bees, and Russian in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, a role in Mark Morris’ After You, Spanish in Swan Lake, Harlequin Doll in Coppélia, Flute Boy and The Cockerel La Fille mal Gardée, Persian Men in The Golden Cockerel, Herald and The Canary Fairy Cavalier in Alexei Ratmansky’s Sleeping Beauty, Coffee Guards in Alexei Ratmansky’s Whipped Cream, one of the Three Ivans in Alexei Ratmansky’s Aurora’s Wedding, and roles in all of the Company’s full-length ballets. Mr. Frenette’s performances with American Ballet Theatre are sponsored by Harlan M. Blake.
Patrick has performed in variety of galas including the Anaheim International Dance Festival, the International Ballet Festival of Miami, the YAGP Stars of Today meet the Stars of Tomorrow, and the Indianapolis City Ballet’s Young Stars of Ballet, which was filmed and nominated for an Emmy in 2012. Patrick performed in the celebrated Nantucket Dance Festival in 2015 as well as Festival Ballet Theatre’s Stars of Ballet Gala.
Patrick performed in the 2017 Fall for Dance North, a celebration of Canada’s 150th year, in the World Premiere of Robert Binet’s “Children of Chaos”. He performed in the 2017 World Premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s “Songs of Bukovina” in New York City. Patrick appears in the 2018 short film by rag & bone, “WHY CAN’T WE GET ALONG”, directed by Benjamin Millepied, Aaron Duffy, and Bob Partington. Patrick is featured in the upcoming film by Scott Gormley and NuArts Productions, “Danseur”.
Patrick was on faculty at BBSI in 2016, 2017, and 2018. He also taught at BBSI’s predecessor, the 2015 Boys Only Workshop.