This week we are pleased to welcome Jennifer Homans, Founder & Director of The Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University. Jennifer is well known in the dance world for being the author of Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet, 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. Before publishing Apollo’s Angels in 2010, she studied at the School of American Ballet and danced professionally, most notably with Pacific Northwest Ballet. As her career came to a close she decided to complete a higher education, graduating from Columbia University with a BA, and holds a Ph.D. in Modern European History from New York University. For this interview, we met her in the beautiful Center for Ballet and the Arts offices at NYU as part of our New York Tour. We talk with Jennifer today about her personal journey in the dance world, how ballet became her scholarly pursuit, Apollo’s Angels, and if she in fact still believes that ballet MAY be a dying art form. To learn more about the Center for Ballet and the Arts, please visit balletcenter.nyu.edu or find them on social media. Fellowship applications open August 1, and public programming resumes in the Fall.
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