Jennifer Homans


Jennifer Homans is the author of Mr. B: George Balanchine’s 20th Century (2022), and the dance critic for The New Yorker. Her widely acclaimed Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet was a bestseller and named one of the 10 best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review. Trained in dance at George Balanchine’s School of American Ballet, she performed professionally with the Pacific Northwest Ballet. She earned her BA at Columbia University and her PhD in modern European history at New York University, where she is a Scholar in Residence and the Founding Director of the Center for Ballet and the Arts.



Before becoming an award-winning writer and scholar, Jennifer Homans was a professional dancer with the Pacific Northwest Ballet. She is now the Dance Critic and a Contributing Writer at “The New Yorker.” Her latest work, a magisterial and deeply entertaining new biography of George Balanchine, takes us through the life of the most charismatic and transformative figure that ballet has ever known.



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