From food stamps to a MacArthur Grant to owning his own dance studio – Kyle Abraham has had a rough journey. He sat down with Katie to discuss his struggles, and how things have a way of turning around.
Kyle grew up in Pittsburgh, but got his start in dance pretty late.
“The funny thing is for me, starting at around 17, I was think that whole time I was going to be a choreography,” he explained, “The people at SUNY Purchase - they must have seen something special in me.”
School left Kyle in debt, even with awards and grants – over $100,000. Kyle went on to start a dance company, Abraham.In.Motion, but then received devastating news, which put his dreams on hold.
He found out that his father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, so finding a balance was difficult. Kyle had to go on food stamps for a while to help ease the financial burden.
Things started to turn around when the MacArthur Foundation – which recognizes artistic excellence – awarded Kyle an award.
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