Dance History Quiz | Onscreen dance training master

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Who trained movie stars Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, and Jennifer Lawrence in ballet technique to prepare them for movie roles that required dancing onscreen?

a. Kurt Froman
b. Julie Kent
c. Benjamin Millepied
d. Justin Peck

Answer
a. Kurt Froman

According to a profile on Playbill.com, Froman was sidelined from the cast of Movin’ Out with a sprained ankle when Benjamin Millepied sent him a Facebook message asking, “Would you be available to start training two actresses for a Darren Aronofsky film?” Froman trained Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman for their roles in Black Swan beginning in September 2009, spending four hours daily teaching them basic ballet technique and coaching them for the movie’s dance sequences. Millepied, who choreographed the film’s ballet sequences, “needed someone who he trusted to train them and partner them, and be a go-between,” Froman said. His most recent project was training Jennifer Lawrence for Red Sparrow, which came out in March—director Francis Lawrence insisted she do all of her own dancing. The actress was a star pupil: in four months, Froman said, “She completely mastered every single bit of that material. She did every single section—the solo included.”