Patrick Frenette was born in Vancouver, Canada. 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 dancer Dmitri Kulev. He 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.
Frenette began studying full time at SAB in 2012, and was awarded The Rudolf Nureyev Foundation Scholarship while there. He studied with Jock Soto and Suki Schorer, and also performed in New York Choreographic Institute workshops. He performed a principal role in George Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15 in his graduation performance.
Frenette joined ABT as an apprentice in 2013 and became a member of the corps de ballet in January 2014. His repertoire includes one of the Three Ivans in Aurora’s Wedding, Cockerel and Notary’s Clerk in La Fille mal gardée, Wilfred in Giselle, the Recruit, Butler and Majordomo in Alexei Ratmansy’s The Nutcracker, a Fairy Cavalier in The Sleeping Beauty, the Spanish Dance in Swan Lake and a role in After You.
Mr. Frenette’s performances with American Ballet Theatre are sponsored by Harlan M. Blake.