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NYU Center for Ballet and the Arts Receives Stavros Niarchos Foundation Grant

Dec 15, 2016
The Center for Ballet and the Arts (CBA) at New York University has received a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) to continue its mission of bringing together the artistic and academic communities.

CBA was founded in 2014 as the world’s first research center devoted to the study of ballet, and its related arts and sciences. The SNF’s grant will facilitate CBA’s continued growth in terms of programs, events, fellowships, and other community-building activities. 

 “The Stavros Niarchos Foundation is proud to be supporting the passionate community of artists and scholars at the Center for Ballet and the Arts. The Center has experienced tremendous growth in a short period of time, and we look forward to the next three years of exploration and creation across the arts and academia at CBA,” said Sarah Needham, Program Officer at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

"The Stavros Niarchos Foundation has earned a stellar reputation for its support of innovative organizations with a broad and enduring social impact. It is a true honor that they have chosen to support the Center of Ballet and the Arts during this critical growth phase," said NYU Provost Katherine Fleming. "In its two short years of operation, the Center for Ballet and the Arts has built a passionate community base of artists and scholars. We are extremely grateful to the SNF for its generous support, which will enable us to grow this community and further the Center's important work." 

Established by former dancer and historian Jennifer Homans with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU exists to inspire new ideas and new ballets, expanding the way society thinks about ballet and bringing vitality to its history, practice, and performance in the 21st century.  Since it was established, CBA has supported 50 fellows representing a variety of disciplines, from dancer Sascha Radetsky to singer/songwriter Suzanne Vega to philosopher David Velleman;  it has sponsored dozens of events centered on the academic discussion of ballet, the physical practice of ballet, and how ballet has permeated and influenced other art forms and society at large; and it has established independently funded fellowships promoting diversity in the creation of ballet and scholarship, including the Virginia B. Toulmin Fellowship for Women Choreographers.

For more information about CBA and its events, visit