The Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU (CBA) – an international research institute for scholars and artists of ballet and its related arts and sciences – announces independent dance artist David Harvey, nominated by Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and choreographer Durante Verzola, nominated by Miami City Ballet, as the 2021 Artistic Partnership Initiative (API) Fellows.

The Artistic Partnership Initiative is a collaboration between CBA and professional dance companies around the world to advance the art of choreography. Prior recipients include Gemma Bond (American Ballet Theatre), Julie Cunningham (Rambert), Shannon Glover (Joburg Ballet), Wubkje Kuindersma (Dutch National Ballet), Caili Quan (BalletX), and Megan Williams (Mark Morris Dance Group). API Fellows are selected by companies’ artistic directors for their notable choreographic abilities and are awarded a 3-4 week residency to develop new work with the full resources of CBA and NYU.

As API fellows, David Harvey and Durante Verzola will enjoy access to the many resources of The Center, including the extensive scholarly and cultural resources of NYU, in addition to studio and office space, housing, and financial support to reimagine their work. Both artists come from outside of New York, so the fellowship fosters their engagement with New York City’s dynamic cultural milieu. This year, the opportunity comes during a unique time in the city’s history as the creative community re-emerges after the pandemic.

CBA is delighted to welcome the 2021 API Fellows:

David Harvey, Alonzo King LINES Ballet

Project: Plunge Line

Harvey is an independent dance artist from Seattle, Washington. He danced with Alonzo King LINES Ballet for 7 years, and now works as a freelance performer, choreographer and educator. He has originated roles in new works by Bobbi Jene Smith, Sarah Foster-Sproull, and Tom Weinberger, and has created, performed and toured with Kate Wallich’s The YC since 2016. Since 2018 Harvey has been working with David Raymond and Tiffany Tregarthen of Out InnerSpace Dance Theatre in Vancouver, British Columbia. He regularly returns to Alonzo King LINES Ballet to teach and create new work for its education programs.

Durante Verzola, Miami City Ballet

Project: Dance for Two: Exploring, Expanding, and Challenging the Art of Pas de Deux

Verzola, who is originally from Kansas, has choreographed works for Miami City Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet II, Ballet Dallas, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB), Miami City Ballet School, Ballet Chicago, Columbia Ballet Collaborative, Goucher College, School of Pennsylvania Ballet, and Peabody Dance.

For more information about the Artistic Partnership Initiative, please contact Assistant Director Andrea Salvatore at For more information about The Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU, visit

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

The Center is made possible by founding and ongoing support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and New York University and additional support from The Charles H. Revson Foundation, The Doris & Stanley Tananbaum Foundation, Fishman Family Fund, an advised fund of the Brooklyn Community Foundation, and Ford Foundation. We also extend a special thanks to individual members of CBA’s Center Circle for their essential support.

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