Ballet means simply ‘to dance.’ It is a form of poetic gesture.

Physically, ballet is a system of training based on a linear and geometrically proportioned organization of the human body. Ballet is intellectually expansive; it has profound connections to philosophy and mathematics, to manners and religion, to painting and fashion, and to the practices of war and the ambitions of sport. At its origins, ballet was a western art form with roots in the Renaissance. Throughout its history, it articulated a vision of society and civic culture, which was at first courtly and aristocratic and in the 20th century became public and democratic. Today, ballet is practiced world-wide and has incorporated and influenced a wide range of dance traditions and styles.

Like classical training in theater or music, ballet is a skill and a gateway: a necessary grounding for the most radical directions in art. What kinds of dances artists make with it is an open and unrestricted question.

Our Model


CBA brings to the art of ballet and its related arts new ideas and the full resources of a major research university

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CBA is the first institute of its kind in a major research university.  It exists to address the dual needs of innovation in both the study and practice of ballet, by uniting the two to further the advancement of both.


CBA brings ballet into the university as a serious subject of study and research – to define it as a field in the history of culture

CBA is the first institute of its kind in a major research university.  It exists to address the dual needs of innovation in both the study and practice of ballet, by uniting the two to further the advancement of both.

The Center for Ballet
and the Arts

CBA Fellows and guests enjoy a bright, spacious dance studio, two conference rooms, private offices, and an open presentation space all in the heart of downtown Manhattan.

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The Center for Ballet and the Arts
New York University

20 Cooper Square, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10003

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Our Team

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. Formerly a professional dancer, Homans holds a Ph.D. in Modern European History and is the recipient of Guggenheim, Cullman Center, and NEH Fellowships. She 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.  Homans has written for the New York Review of Books and The New Republic, among others, and is currently Dance Critic and Contributing Writer for The New Yorker.
Lauren Kiel

is the Executive Director of The Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University. Previously, Lauren was the Associate Director of Lincoln Center International where she guided global business development strategy, established new streams of earned and contributed revenue with international partners, streamlined the institution’s advisory services offering, and helped to re-imagine Lincoln Center’s thought-leadership position within the global arts landscape.

Lauren joined Lincoln Center in 2010 and was named the Special Assistant to the President in 2011. In that role, she stewarded interactions with lead benefactors of the $800 million redevelopment capital campaign, liaised between the executive office and the senior leadership of Lincoln Center’s functional departments, and supported the business development and research at the founding of Lincoln Center International.

Prior to her work at Lincoln Center, Lauren was a member of the Wreckio Ensemble theater company and a real estate broker in Manhattan where she earned recognition as the top grossing rental agent in her firm in 2009. Lauren received her BA from Middlebury College summa cum laude, is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and graduated from Harvard Business School in 2014 with distinction.

Lauren and her husband reside in Manhattan, where they are proud parents of their joyful daughter and mischievous dog.

Andrea Salvatore

is the Assistant Director, Programs and Operations of The Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University. Prior to joining The Center in 2014 she was the Associate Director at the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy where she was responsible for the operation of the Center including the Fellows program and several research initiatives. Andrea held a variety of arts management positions at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Joyce Theater and the Brooklyn Museum. She holds a B.A. from Connecticut College in Government and Dance and received her M.A. in Communication, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University.

Sabrina Yudelson

is a Program Manager at The Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University, focusing on communications strategy, programmatic support, and development. Additionally, she is an MBA candidate at New York University’s Stern School of Business. Before joining The Center, she contributed to communications and corporate citizenship efforts at Disney|ABC Television Group. She taught high school Spanish through Teach For America – Baltimore and has enjoyed supporting arts and humanitarian causes through a variety of roles. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from Franklin & Marshall College magna cum laude and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  Sabrina loves completing puzzles of all kinds, spending time in nature, and absorbing all the culture New York City has to offer.

Courtney Sams

is the Administrative Aide at The Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University. Additionally, she is an MPA-PNP candidate at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She previously served as the Administrative Assistant for the Office of the President at Manhattan School of Music. Prior to moving to New York City, Courtney lived in Eugene, Oregon where she worked as the Executive Operations Assistant for Eugene Symphony Association. She graduated cum laude from the University of Oregon where she received her Bachelor of Music degree with a specialization in Clarinet Performance and a minor in Arts Management. Courtney enjoys escaping to the mountains to ski and to hike, and experiencing New York City through its parks, cuisine, architecture, and the arts.

Our Advisory Council

  • Ulrich Baer
  • Michael Beckerman
  • Leah Dickerman
  • Elizabeth Diller
  • Oskar Eustis
  • William Forsythe
  • John Guare
  • Alma Guillermoprieto
  • Paul Holdengräber
  • Nicholas Hytner
  • Alonzo King
  • Reynold Levy
  • Lourdes Lopez
  • John Mauceri
  • Joseph V. Melillo
  • Isaac Mizrahi
  • Mark Morris
  • Paul Muldoon
  • Catherine Oppenheimer
  • Simon Schama
  • Arlene Shuler
  • Ellen Sorrin
  • Alistair Spalding
  • Frederick Wiseman
  • Larry Wolff

Our Supporters

The Center for Ballet and the Arts is made possible by founding and ongoing support from:

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We rely on our volunteers to provide critical support to CBA programming. Volunteers are called upon on an as-needed basis, and typically provide event support.

If you would like to be contacted about volunteer opportunities, please indicate your interest via this form. We will contact interested candidates as opportunities become available.  

For questions about volunteer opportunities please contact Sabrina Yudelson at