Sessions Application

The work of the New York Choreographic Institute takes place year-round. The primary focus is on two working sessions — one in the fall and one in the spring — that provide choreographers with uninterrupted time and studio space, and allow dancers to experiment with different ideas, approaches, choreographic techniques, and music.

The following benefits are provided for session participants:
  • Travel, accommodation, and per diem.
  • Two-week rehearsal period.
  • Rehearsal space at New York City Ballet Studios.
  • Approximately three hours per day with dancers, either NYCB dancers (fall) or advanced students from the School of American Ballet (spring).
  • Informal showings of works-in-progress and/or demonstrations of different experimental approaches (invited audience only, no press).
Application Deadline for the 2017-2018 Sessions is Monday, December 5, 2016

Inquiries may be addressed to or call 212-870-4060



Resum├ęs, including a summary of relevant ballet experience, a letter of intent, and a DVD or YouTube/Vimeo link containing no more than 15 minutes of selected choreography should be sent to:

Peter Martins
Artistic Director
New York Choreographic Institute
20 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023

Or by email to

Announcements soliciting applications are sent to the artistic directors of ballet companies and other dance organizations worldwide, as well as to former New York City Ballet dancers who are regularly engaged in staging ballets for other companies and may be in a position to recommend candidates.

Announcement of the program also appears in key dance publications — including Dance Magazine, Pointe, Dancing Times, and Ballettanz — so that all interested in participating have the opportunity to apply.



Application materials are screened and evaluated by the artistic staff of the Institute. Candidates are selected on the basis of their talent, experience and knowledge using classical ballet idiom. Selected choreographers are invited to participate in one of two sessions, either the fall session with NYCB dancers or the spring session with School of American Ballet dancers. The applicants will be notified by July 1st of the year of application.