Born in New York, Jean-Pierre Frohlich trained at the School of American Ballet and danced as a child the Prince in George Balanchine’s »Nutcracker« for three seasons. In 1965 Balanchine created a role for him in »Don Quixote«, and in 1972, while a student, he appeared in the premiere of Jerome Robbins’ »Watermill«. The same year he joined the New York City Ballet and was promoted to the rank of Soloist in 1979. His repertoire included Balanchine’s »A Midsummer Night’s Dream« (Puck), »Symphony in Three Movements«, »Mozartiana«, »Western Symphony«, »Union Jack«, »Danses Concertantes«, »La Somnambula«, »Chaconne«, »Stars and Stripes«, »Valse Fantaisie«, »Apollo«, »Symphony in C« and »La Valse«. He danced leading roles in Robbins’ »Dances at a Gathering«, »The Goldberg Variations«, »Interplay«, »The Four Seasons«, »Fancy Free«, »Afternoon of a Faun«, »The Concert and »Piano Pieces«.
Furthermore, Jean-Pierre Frohlich has been seen nationally on many television programs as the »Live from Lincoln Center« broadcast of Balanchine’s »A Midsummer Night’s Dream«, Robbins’ »Antique Epigraphs« and »Fancy Free« in the series »Great Performances: Dance in America« and in the 1987 ASCAP Celebration of American Music at Wolf Trap.
In 1990 Jean-Pierre Frohlich became a Ballet Master with New York City Ballet, where one of his primary responsibilities was to assist Jerome Robbins in staging many of his ballets and where he continues to over-see much of the Robbins repertoire. As one of the six members originally appointed by Robbins Jean-Pierre Frohlich continues to serve on the Advisory Committee to The Robbins Rights Trust.
He has staged works for Australian Ballet, Ballet Frankfurt, National Ballet of Canada, Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris, The Royal Ballet London, The Birmingham Royal Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Stuttgarter Ballett, Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, Joffrey Ballet, Hamburg Ballett, Boston Ballet and Dutch National Ballet. For the Vienna State Ballet, he staged Robbins’ »In the Night«, »Glass Pieces« and »The Concert« and will return in spring 2021 for »A Suite of dances«.
In 2011 he was appointed Artistic Administrator / Director of the newly formed New City Ballet’s »Moves« touring company and has choreographed several works for the School of American Ballet and the New York City Ballet workshops. In 2014 his Pas de deux »Varied Trio« was premiered with New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center. Furthermore, he choreographed and directed the short dance narrative film »HOME«.
In 1998 and in 2006 Jean-Pierre Frohlich received The Isadora Duncan Dance Award (Izzies), in 2015 he was awarded Officier des Arts et Lettres from the French Government’s Ministry of Culture.