Northern Illinois University

School of Theatre and Dance

Paula Frasz

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Modern dance, jazz dance tap dance, composition, choreography

Education: M.F.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Office: GA 117B
Phone: 815-753-5501
E-mail: pfrasz@niu.edu


Paula Frasz “is a choreographer to watch,” announced Sid Smith in the Chicago Tribune. Tribune critic Lucia Mauro calls her “…a standout”. Her many achievements include:  Mordine & Company featured dancer and featured dancer at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.  She danced with the Chicago Repertory Dance Ensemble, was named Outstanding Choreographer at the Midwest American College Dance Festival, and has had works in the ACDF Gala performances in Rochester, Michigan and in Raleigh, North Carolina. 

Her choreography has been commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra.  She is one of the founding choreographers of Chicago’s Next Dance Festival, whose work has been called “powerfully modern” by Lynne Voedisch of the Chicago Sun Times. She received the 1999 Ruth Page Award for Artistic Achievement in Choreography from the Chicago Dance Coalition, and the 2002 Artists Fellowship Award in Choreography from the Illinois Arts Council. Frasz is the Artistic Director of DANSZLOOP CHICAGO, a professional dance company which the Chicago Tribune calls “…a driving force on the Chicago dance scene.”

Ms. Frasz was a faculty member at the Dance Center of Columbia College for eight years.  She is currently Professor of Dance at NIU, where she teaches Advanced Modern Technique, Choreography, Improvisation, Professional Seminar in Dance, and Tap. In 2002, in association with her partner, Russian-born Dmitri Peskov, she started DanszLoop Chicago (nfp), a theatrical modern dance company performing in Chicago and the surrounding Metropolitan area.

Ms. Frasz holds a B.A. and an M.A. from Butler University.  She graduated from the University of Illinois with an M.F.A.  She is also a member of Actor’s Equity Association and has served several terms on the Illinois Arts Council Dance Panel.  Frasz has also received the Illinois Arts Council Choreographic Fellowship Award for outstanding achievement in choreography. “A tongue-in-cheek choreographer with a spunky stage presence” as Lucia Mauro of the Sun Times insists, Paula Frasz continues to produce her work around the United States and abroad.