Vinson Fraley was born in Statesville, North Carolina and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He began his formal training in voice and drama at DeKalb School of the Arts. He later picked up dance at the age of 14, under the direction of Lynise and Denise at DanceMakers of Atlanta. Fraley received his BFA in dance from NYU Tisch in 2015. During his final year of college he became a member of Kyle Abraham’s A.I.M (Abraham.In.Motion) and later went on to join the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company in 2017. Vinson has been a frequent collaborator with Carrie Mae Weems. He collaborated with Sterling Ruby and the Metropolitan Museum for the In America: A Lexicon of Fashion exhibition. Fraley teamed up with artist Janet Biggs in a work made for Arts at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research). He was a part of Damien Jalet and Kohei Nawa’s latest production Planet [wanderer] which premiered at the Théâtre National de Chaillot. Vinson has also performed at Frieze Art Fair under the direction of Stephen Galloway. He is currently working alongside international choreographer Bobbi Jene Smith on a new creation. Most recently Vinson debuted a duet he created for himself and Sara Mearns at the Joyce Theatre. He was also named one of Harlem Stage’s Emerging Artist cohorts.
He has had the opportunity to present solo works in the US, Germany, and France. This past summer he debuted a new work at The Watermill Center alongside his brother Tajah Fraley, and also shared his latest solo for the Spring Hill Arts Gathering’s Art For Justice program. Vinson’s choreography and movement direction have been seen in videos by Calvin Klein, Serpentwithfeet, Vogue, Nike, and Pattern Beauty. He most recently released his first song Act 9 as a feature on Boys Noize’s latest album +/- . Vinson contributed an original music composition for the Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Company’s newest work titled Afterwardsness.
His work has been written about and featured in various publications including The New York Times, Interview Magazine, has appeared on the cover of V Magazine, I-d Magazine, Highsnobiety, Document Journal, Dance Magazine, etc.