About The Center

The Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University (CBA) is an international institute for scholars and artists of ballet and its related arts and sciences. It exists to inspire new ideas and new ballets, expanding the way we think about the art form’s history, practice, and performance in the 21st century.

Core activities include CBA’s Fellowship Program and public events. The CBA Fellowship provides resources and financial support for the development of original artistic and scholarly work on ballet and its related artsThe Center’s public events create a forum for ballet and the arts through events, lectures, and conversations, expanding the existing dialogue and offering a space for collaboration between scholars and artists.


Ballet is an ethics and etiquette, a physical and public expression of who we are, with a long past and deep roots in religious, political, and military thinking. It is also inherently contemporary: today’s dancers bring their “street” to the stage. Across its history, dancers and choreographers have articulated a vision of society and civic culture, which was at its origins courtly and aristocratic but in the 20th century became public and democratic. The history of ballet is integral to the history of western civilization.

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Founder & Director

Jennifer Homans

“We are in the midst of a technological and social revolution that is changing how we think and feel– together and in ourselves: no wonder ballet is reimagining itself.”

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