About Jennifer

Jennifer Homans 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. She is currently Dance Critic and Contributing Writer for The New Yorker, and 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. Homans holds a PhD in Modern European History and is the recipient of Guggenheim, Cullman Center, and NEH Fellowships. Her latest book, Mr B: George Balanchine’s 20th Century, was released on November 1st, 2022.

Select Recent Publications:

Jennifer Homans, “Alexei Ratmansky’s Dance for the War in Ukraine,” The New Yorker, October 24, 2022 Issue (October 17, 2022)

Jennifer Homans, “George Balanchine’s Soviet Reckoning,” The New Yorker, September 12, 2022 Issue (September 5, 2022)

Jennifer Homans, “Hail Balanchine,” The New York Review of Books (December 21, 2017)

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

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

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