The dancer-choreographer Kyle Abraham, who recalled relying on food stamps just three years ago, was among the 13 men and 11 women officially named MacArthur fellows on Wednesday. Besides the imprimatur of achievement and future promise, the 2013 fellowships from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation come with a sweetened stipend of $625,000 paid over five years.

“It was amazing to me,” Mr. Abraham, 36, said of receiving the good news via a recent telephone call from Cecilia Conrad, vice president of the program. “It was a shock. I was laughing about it; I was crying about it, it was so overwhelming. I’ve been trying to figure out how to pay off my student loans to this day.”

A Pittsburgh native whose latest work, “Pavement,” uses dance to probe violence, Mr. Abraham lives in Brooklyn and is the founder and artistic director of his company, Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion. “Getting an award like this lets me know I can continue to make work and pay my dancers and I can pay my rent.”

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