Ballet

Ballet is a system of training based on a linear and geometrically proportioned organization of the human body. It is also an ethics and an etiquette, a physical and public expression of who we are, with a long past and deep roots in religious, political, and military thinking.

Ballet is a wide-ranging performing art, bringing together the arts and sciences from music, poetry, and design to economics, physics, and technology. Across its history, dancers and choreographers have employed it to articulate a vision of society and civic culture, which was at its origins courtly and aristocratic and in the 20th century became public and democratic. Ballet is also inherently contemporary: dancers bring their ‘street’ to the stage. As an artform, ballet has become increasingly specialized and risks losing connection to people and the ways we live. Universities, for their part, have given little recognition to ballet. Its history, skills, and practices have been marginal to the study of the life of the mind. This represents a significant gap in the history of culture.

Our Model

Artists

CBA brings to the art of ballet and its related arts new ideas and the full resources of a major research university

CBA is the first institute of its kind in a major research university.  It exists to address the dual needs of innovation in both the study and practice of ballet, by uniting the two to further the advancement of both.

Scholars

CBA brings ballet into the university as a serious subject of study and research – to define it as a field in the history of culture

CBA is the first institute of its kind in a major research university.  It exists to address the dual needs of innovation in both the study and practice of ballet, by uniting the two to further the advancement of both.

The Center for Ballet
and the Arts

CBA Fellows and guests enjoy a bright, spacious dance studio, two conference rooms, private offices, and an open presentation space all in the heart of downtown Manhattan.

Contact Us

The Center for Ballet and the Arts
New York University

20 Cooper Square, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10003

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Our Team

Jennifer Homans

is the Founder and Director of The Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University, where she is also a Distinguished Scholar in Residence in History and European and Mediterranean Studies. She is the author of Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet (2010), named one of the ten best books of the year by The New York Times and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Homans has written for The New York Times, The Guardian (UK), and the New York Review of Books, among others, and was the Dance Critic for The New Republic from 2001-2014. She holds a B.A. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Modern European History from New York University. Before becoming a writer and scholar, Homans was a professional dancer, and performed with the Pacific Northwest Ballet and other companies. The recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 2012, she is currently at work on a new book, George Balanchine: A History (Random House).

Lauren Kiel

is the Executive Director of The Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University. Previously, Lauren was the Associate Director of Lincoln Center International where she guided global business development strategy, established new streams of earned and contributed revenue with international partners, streamlined the institution’s advisory services offering, and helped to re-imagine Lincoln Center’s thought-leadership position within the global arts landscape.

Lauren joined Lincoln Center in 2010 and was named the Special Assistant to the President in 2011. In that role, she stewarded interactions with lead benefactors of the $800 million redevelopment capital campaign, liaised between the executive office and the senior leadership of Lincoln Center’s functional departments, and supported the business development and research at the founding of Lincoln Center International.

Prior to her work at Lincoln Center, Lauren was a member of the Wreckio Ensemble theater company and a real estate broker in Manhattan where she earned recognition as the top grossing rental agent in her firm in 2009. Lauren received her BA from Middlebury College summa cum laude, is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and graduated from Harvard Business School in 2014 with distinction.

Lauren and her husband reside in Manhattan, where they are proud parents of their joyful daughter and mischievous dog.

Andrea Salvatore

is the Assistant Director, Programs and Operations of The Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University. Prior to joining The Center in 2014 she was the Associate Director at the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy where she was responsible for the operation of the Center including the Fellows program and several research initiatives. Andrea held a variety of arts management positions at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Joyce Theater and the Brooklyn Museum. She holds a B.A. from Connecticut College in Government and Dance and received her M.A. in Communication, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University.

Sabrina Yudelson

is a Program Associate at The Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University, focusing on communications strategy, programmatic support, and development. Additionally, she is an MBA candidate at New York University’s Stern School of Business. Before joining The Center, she contributed to communications and corporate citizenship efforts at Disney|ABC Television Group. She taught high school Spanish through Teach For America – Baltimore and has enjoyed supporting arts and humanitarian causes through a variety of roles. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from Franklin & Marshall College magna cum laude and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  Sabrina enjoys exploring her Chinatown neighborhood and absorbing all the culture New York has to offer.

Allan MacLeod

is an Administrative Aide at The Center for Ballet and the Arts. Previously, Allan worked at New York University’s Office of Sponsored Programs and served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps. Allan holds a B.A. in Middle East, South Asian, and African Studies from Columbia University.

Our Advisory Council

  • Ulrich Baer
  • Elizabeth Diller
  • Oskar Eustis
  • William Forsythe
  • John Guare
  • Alma Guillermoprieto
  • Paul Holdengräber
  • Nicholas Hytner
  • Alonzo King
  • Reynold Levy
  • Lourdes Lopez
  • John Mauceri
  • Isaac Mizrahi
  • Mark Morris
  • Paul Muldoon
  • Catherine Oppenheimer
  • Simon Schama
  • Arlene Shuler
  • Ellen Sorrin
  • Alistair Spalding
  • Frederick Wiseman
  • Larry Wolff

Our Supporters

The Center for Ballet and the Arts is made possible by major support from:

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Volunteer

We rely on our volunteers to provide critical support to CBA programming. Volunteers are called upon on an as-needed basis, and typically provide event support.

If you would like to be contacted about volunteer opportunities, please indicate your interest via this form. We will contact interested candidates as opportunities become available.  

For questions about volunteer opportunities please contact Sabrina Yudelson at sby1@nyu.edu.