The Center for Ballet and the Arts was founded with a core interest in ballet.  While ballet remains at the center of our mission, CBA has also grown up around and beyond it: we have become an international research institute for the performing arts organized around dance.  

 

The CBA Fellowship Program awards residencies to artists and scholars across disciplines to work on projects that expand the way we think about the history, practice, and performance of dance. Applicants are not required to be experts in dance but must have an interest in engaging with the art form.  The fellowship provides space, financing, and time to pursue rigorous work. CBA Fellows are encouraged to ask questions and take risks. They gain colleagues they would not otherwise encounter. These engagements between artists and scholars, two communities that do not often intersect, strengthen and deepen the work of both.

Resident Fellowship

  • Overview

    The Resident Fellowship is our core offering for scholars and artists of all disciplines. These fellows work on projects that expand the way we think about the history, practice, and performance of dance. There is no expectation of a finished product. CBA Fellows are encouraged to ask questions and take risks. They gain colleagues they would not otherwise encounter. These engagements between artists and scholars, two communities that do not often intersect, strengthen and deepen the work of both.

    Fellows are not required to be experts in dance but must have an interest in engaging with the art form. We accept and encourage projects that explore many forms of dance and its related arts. Please visit our Fellows page to learn about projects CBA has supported.

Virginia B. Toulmin Fellowship for Women Leaders in Dance

  • Overview

    The Virginia B. Toulmin Fellowship for Women Leaders in Dance is a unique fellowship designed for women choreographers and composers that promotes broader gender equity in the field of dance. These fellows work on projects that expand the way we think about the history, practice, and performance of dance. There is no expectation of a finished product. CBA Fellows are encouraged to ask questions and take risks. They gain colleagues they would not otherwise encounter. These engagements between artists and scholars, two communities that do not often intersect, strengthen and deepen the work of both.

    Fellows are not required to be experts in dance but must have an interest in engaging with the art form. We accept and encourage projects that explore many forms of dance and its related arts.  Please visit our Fellows page to learn about projects CBA has supported.   

Artistic Partnership Initiative

  • Overview

    The Artistic Partnership Initiative is a collaboration between The Center and professional dance companies around the world to advance the art of choreography. Each year, CBA selects dance companies to nominate an individual with notable choreographic abilities.  Fellows are awarded a 3-4 week residency to develop new work with the full resources of CBA and NYU. 

    2018

    Gemma Bond
    American Ballet Theatre

    Julie Cunningham
    Rambert

    Shannon Glover
    Joburg Ballet

    Wubkje Kuindersma
    Dutch National Ballet

    2019

    Caili Quan
    BalletX

    Megan Williams
    Mark Morris Dance Group

Director’s Fellowship

  • Overview

    The Director’s Fellowship supports artists, scholars, and practitioners who have made significant contributions to the field of dance through a CBA residency. While in residence, Director’s Fellows share their expertise to further deepen the artistic and scholarly work emerging from CBA. These fellowships are given at the discretion of CBA’s Founder and Director.

    2018 – 2019

    Allegra Kent, Ballet Dancer, Actress, and Author

    Joseph V. Melillo, Executive Producer, Emeritus, Brooklyn Academy of Music

    2019 – 2020

    Kim Brandstrup, Choreographer and Filmmaker

    Alastair Macaulay, Performing Arts Critic

Alumni Benefits

  • Overview

    Alumni fellows continue to enjoy many of CBA’s benefits. We welcome alumni to use our studio, offices, and conference rooms (pending availability). Alumni are also encouraged to join us for any of our weekly fellows seminars. Finally, alumni benefit from the ever-growing network of CBA-affiliated artists and scholars, who often stay in touch and collaborate far beyond their fellowship season.

Fellowship for the Study of Russia and Ballet

  • Overview

    Note: This fellowship was offered from 2015-2019. It will not be available for the 2020 – 2021 academic year.

    The Fellowship for the Study of Russia and Ballet is an opportunity for scholars working on projects at the intersection of Russia and ballet. The program provides fellows with a stipend, access to studio and office space, an apartment in some cases and time away from daily life to focus on their specified project – a book, a ballet, a film, a digital lecture series or other work of their imagining related in some way to Russia and ballet.

    This fellowship is awarded jointly by CBA and the NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia.

Timeline & Key Dates

Sept 1, 2019 at 9:00am EST
Fellowship application opens
Sept 12, 2019
Information session (in person)
Oct 2, 2019
Information session (online)
Oct 15, 2019
Information session (in person)
Oct 30, 2019
Information session (online)
Nov 1, 2019 at 5:00pm EST
Fellowship application closes
March 2020
Applicants notified of decision

Work with our fellows

On occasion, CBA Fellows seek to work with local dancers.  They may utilize our internal dancer database to make these connections.

Complete this questionnaire if you would like to be listed in our internal database of New York-based dancers. You may be contacted if there is a fit with a particular project.

Questions?  Please contact Sabrina Yudelson at sby1@nyu.edu.