In an effort to support female ballet choreographers, NYU’s recently formed Center for Ballet and the Arts will now offer the Virginia B. Toulmin Fellowship for Women Choreographers—a 35,000 stipend, office and studio space, and access to housing in NYC. The fellowship will be awarded to three choreographers and for a three-year period.
Women in artistic leadership roles are notoriously scarce in the ballet world, and this fellowship aims to help address that lack. Jennifer Homans, the author of Apollo’s Angels and the director of the Center for Ballet and the Arts, told the New York Times that she hoped the fellowship would “create a kind of opportunity and staging ground for women […] to really have a moment where they can do research.”
We can’t wait to see what kind of great work comes out of this new partnership.