About Us

frank_ohmanFrank Ohman

Founder, Ballet Master, Artistic Director
New York Dance Theatre, Inc. and the Frank Ohman School of Ballet

Frank Ohman is an internationally known dance professional. His critically acclaimed ballet career began with the San Francisco Ballet in 1959 and in 1962 he joined the New York City Ballet where he was a soloist for twenty-two years. During his distinguished performing career, Frank studied professionally with George Balanchine, Lew Christensen, Harold Christensen, Ernest Belcher, David Lichine, Alexandra Danilova, Muriel Stuart, Andre Eglevsky, Stanley Williams, Pierre Vadimirov and John Taras.

Frank appeared in leading and soloist roles in ballets of George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Frederic Ashton, Antony Tudor, David Lichine, John Taras, and Jacques d’Amboise. He partnered many of the world’s leading ballerinas including Maria Tallchief, Marjorie Tallchief, Melissa Hayden, Suzanne Farrell, Allegra Kent, Patricia McBride, Gelsey Kirkland, Cynthia Gregory, Carol Sumner, Kay Mazzo, and Suki Schorer. He has appeared with the New York City Ballet at the New York State Theater, Kennedy Center, Marinsky Theater, Bolshoi Theater, the White House, and Jacob’s Pillow.

Frank has been a prolific choreographer, creating over two hundred original ballets, many of which have been performed by his New York Dance Theatre. He has choreographed for the Boston Ballet, Edmonton Ballet, Syracuse Ballet (where he was director), the Cassandra Ballet of Toledo, the Long Island Philharmonic, the Long Island Lyric Opera, the School of American Ballet workshop performance, American Movie Classics, the PAF Playhouse, the Adirondack’s Long Lake Performing Arts Camp, and Indiana University. He assisted in the re-staging of Balanchine’s “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue” for the 1981 revival of “On Your Toes” and the 1986 New York City Ballet revival.

Frank is currently directing his talents towards teaching, choreography and artistic direction. He has been a guest teacher at the Boston Ballet, the School of American Ballet, the St. Louis Ballet, and the National Dance Institute. In 2004 Mr. Ohman was invited to be the guest Ballet Master of the Ballet Philippines where he spent three weeks sharing his knowledge and teaching the company in the style of George Balanchine.

When not teaching at the Ohman School of Ballet, guest teaching, choreographing or directing, Mr. Ohman enjoys painting and sculpting.

 


 

Frank Ohman School of Ballet

The Frank Ohman School of Ballet was founded in 1979 by Frank Ohman, former soloist at New York City Ballet (NYCB) and is one of the few remaining direct links to the teaching of George Balanchine.

Currently located in Commack, the school serves as a training ground for promising young dancers and offers aspiring students the opportunity to learn classical ballet in the tradition of George Balanchine. The Frank Ohman School of Ballet will guide your child from first steps to advanced technique, while instilling a true appreciation and love for this timeless art form. The school is a non-competition, non-recital school, focusing on proper classical ballet technique.

2926-testOur students have been accepted into some of the most prestigious summer training programs in the country including American Ballet Theater, San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, Chautauqua, Miami City Ballet, Orlando Ballet, New York State Summer School of the Arts, The Rock School, Walnut Hill School, Joffrey Ballet and Ballet Academy East.  Alumni have gone on to dance professionally with companies including New York City Ballet, Pittsburg Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Ballet Austin, Ballet  Hispanico and MOMIX.  Others have gone on to ballet related positions such as director of marketing for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and some have opened their own ballet schools.  Whatever our students’  futures hold in store for them, they leave here with an understanding of discipline, dedication and self-awareness which helps them in any endeavors.    A division of the New York Dance Theatre, Inc., the Ohman School has become an integral part of the company, and is one of the very few not-for-profit ballet schools in the region.  It offers three studios with state-of-the art  flooring to Balanchine specifications and a highly qualified teaching staff headed up by artistic director Frank Ohman.