About Jennifer

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).

Select Recent Publications:

Jennifer Homans, “Agon: ‘The Acute Edge of Risk’”, The New York Review of Books, (May 12, 2016) Read Now

Jennifer Homans, “Balanchine: Making & Being Don Quixote”, The New York Review of Books, no. 10 (June 4, 2015) Read Now

Jennifer Homans, “In Balanchine’s Beautiful Forest”, The New York Review of Books, no. 4 (March 5, 2015) Read Now