The Center Will Expand Its Toulmin Fellowship to Support Choreographers and Composers Year-round

The Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU (CBA) has received a two-year gift from the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation that will more than double its current level of annual support for the Virginia B. Toulmin Fellowship for Women Leaders in Dance, a unique fellowship designed to support the work of women in dance and promote broader equity in the field.

With this gift, the fellowship—formerly known as the Virginia B. Toulmin Fellowship for Women Choreographers—will expand its applicant pool to include both women choreographers and women composers for dance. Additionally, it will support up to four fellows each year, allowing CBA to host Toulmin Fellows year-round.

The Foundation has provided three years of support to date (2015-2018). Past Toulmin Fellows include: Melissa BarakClaudia Schreier, and current Toulmin Fellow Danielle Agami. Recipients of the 2018 – 2019 Virginia B. Toulmin Fellowship for Women Leaders in Dance will be announced in May.

“In our partnership with The Center for Ballet and the Arts, we have found an ideal incubator for emerging female choreographers to learn, grow, and develop their art,” said Alexander C. Sanger, Trustee at the Foundation. “We are proud to expand the funding of the Virginia B. Toulmin Fellowship for Women Leaders in Dance, giving both choreographers and composers the support needed to take risks, create new work, and collaborate as level actors in a dance landscape where leadership is historically dominated by men.”

The Virginia B. Toulmin Fellowship for Women Leaders in Dance will provide fellows with a weekly stipend of $2,500. Fellows are also offered studio space, an office, access to housing, a project development fund, and the opportunity to be part of a community of artists and scholars with whom they can exchange ideas.

Applications for the 2019-2020 academic year will open in August 2018.

The Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University 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 ballet and bringing vitality to its history, practice and performance in the 21st century.
The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation has created a Program for Commissioning Women in the Performing Arts, through which it funds commissions of new works by women in symphonic music, opera, ballet and theater. The Foundation was created by Virginia B. Toulmin, who was passionately devoted to the performing arts and the advancement of women.