Paul received the major part of his ballet training while he was on full scholarship at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. He performed professionally with Joffrey Ballet II, American Ballet Theatre, Bejart’s Ballet of the XXth Century, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Radio City Music Hall. After joining Pittsburgh Ballet Theater in 1986, he choreographed two short ballets, and was asked by Artistic Director, Patricia Wilde to create a new work for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. That request made Mr. Abrahamson the first Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre dancer ever commissioned for its subscription series.
Mr. Abrahamson’s choreographic talents first gained international attention after winning first place at international choreographic competitions in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 1994, Mr. Abrahamson choreographed a three-act version of Robin Hood that premiered at the National Opera House in La Havana, Cuba. The following year, he was the first American ballet teacher to go through the teacher training program and has become an advocate for the Cuban syllabus. Mr. Abrahamson has taught and had his works performed in Spain, Finland, France, Switzerland, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, and throughout the United States.
Mr. Abrahamson founded the Chicago Ballet in 2001. In 2005, he opened the school of Chicago Ballet in Logan Square. In 2014, the Chicago Ballet Center moved to Portage Park.
Miss Abby teaches tap and ballet in the primary and secondary divisions at the Chicago Ballet Center. She grew up in Columbus, Ohio where she began dancing at age 3. She moved to Chicago to attend Loyola University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in dance and political science, and trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, Graham, Humphry, and contemporary concert dance. In order to pursue a career in dance performance, Miss Abby remained in Chicago after graduation and trained with The Cambrians and the Martha Graham Company, as well as performed in various choreographic showcases locally. She’s taught at the Chicago Ballet Center for four years and enjoys working with dancers of all ages, from the tap dancers to the older girls on pointe.
Miss Carla teaches ballet and tap in the early childhood development and primary divisions at the Chicago Ballet Center. She was inspired to dance by her mother who was a Gus Giordano Jazz Dancer. She made her first professional debut as a child in The Chicago Tribune Charities Nutcracker at the Arie Crown Theater and then was a principal dancer of Ruth Page’s Civic Ballet Company of Chicago. Although ballet is Miss Carla’s favorite style, she is professionally trained in a variety of styles and skills. She has been a dedicated performer, dance teacher, and choreographer for various dance studios, companies, and competitive teams throughout the Chicago area for over fifteen years. In addition to teaching at the Chicago Ballet Center, Carla is currently a talented emcee and choreographer performing at Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. She is also the director of the not-for-profit program run at Center Stage and loves to give back to the community by collecting gently used dance apparel and costumes to donate to those in need.