The Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University 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 designed to accomplish two things: first, to bring to the art of ballet new ideas and the full resources of a major research university; second, to bring ballet into the university as a serious subject of study and research—to define it as a field in the history of culture.
In pursuit of this mission, we offer two things:
Our fellowship program facilitates the creation of new scholarly and artistic work in dance and its related arts. We provide our fellows with the time, space, and support needed to develop new work. Our fellows come with wide-ranging areas of expertise. At CBA, they meet and are influenced by other artists and scholars they would not otherwise encounter; many form working relationships that last far beyond the fellowship.
We also are out in the world. Our public events typically feature both artists and scholars in conversation, mixing live performance and scholarly analysis. CBA has become a vital player in dance and the humanities with an ever-growing place in the cultural life of NYU, New York City, and beyond.