BalletX Choreographic Fellowship

In the 2015-2016 Season, with support from the Wyncote Foundation, BalletX launched the Choreographic Fellowship program, an opportunity for emerging artists to expand their experience and further develop their unique voices under the mentorship and guidance of established choreographers.
Each season, BalletX Artistic Director and Co-Founder Christine Cox, Associate Artistic Director Tara Keating, Co-Founder Matthew Neenan, and an expert panel of dance leaders will select one promising choreographer to create a world premiere work on the BalletX company. Read more below about 2016 fellow Yin Yue and mentor Trey McIntyre, and apply today for the opportunity to be the 2016-2017 Season’s choreographic fellow.

Apply for the 2017 Choreographic Fellowship
Deadline: March 15, 2016, 5:00PM EST

Review the Application Details and Guidelines and the Budget Form prior to applying.


Application Fee: $25

2017 Fellowship Details:

  • Dates of Residency: March-April 2017
  • $5,000 choreographic fee to create a 20-25 minute ensemble ballet on the company’s 10 dancers
  • Round-trip transportation to Philadelphia with per diem and accommodations
  • Budget of $7,000 for costumes, scenic design, and music (original composition or rights)
  • A minimum of six performances of the new work at The Wilma Theater in February 2017

To be eligible for the Fellowship, you must:

  • Be available for the entire duration of the residency
  • Have completed your first commission on a professional dance company within the past 5 years
  • Have never choreographed on BalletX
  • Be able to legally work in the United States for the duration of the residency
  • Be at least 18 years of age

Contact or 215-893-9456 x128 with questions concerning guidelines or eligibility.

About the 2016 Choreographic Fellowship

Inaugural choreographic fellow Yin Yue’s world premiere work will debut on the Winter Series 2016 (FEB 10-14) program, alongside a premiere by 2016 mentor, Trey McIntyre.

Fellow: Yin Yue
Born and raised in Shanghai, China, Yin Yue studied classical ballet and Chinese folk dance at Shanghai Normal University. In 2005, she moved to New York City to pursue an MFA in contemporary dance at New York University’s Tisch School of The Arts. Her work has been presented at such esteemed venues and festivals as Jacob’s Pillow Inside Out Festival, New York International Fringe Festival, and New York Live Arts, and she has won several choreographic competitions including, Hubbard Street 2’s International Commissioning Project, Northwest Dance Project’s Annual Pretty Creative Choreographic Competition, and Springboard Danse Montreal’s Emerging Choreographer Award. Yue’s distinct movement style combines grounded floor work with circular isolations to create a rhythmic interpretation of the ballet idiom. She pulls from her Chinese heritage to create a multicultural dance experience that is ever-evolving and uniquely engaging.

Mentor: Trey McIntyre
In his 25-year career, Trey McIntyre has created nearly 100 world premiere ballets for leading dance companies around the globe, including American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, and Moscow Ballet Theatre, to name a few. Known for his “fresh unpredictability” (Dance Magazine) and distinct contemporary flare within the classical ballet idiom, McIntyre has won countless international awards, including the Choo-San Goh Award for Choreography, two NEA grants, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Society of Arts and Letters. A choreographer, filmmaker, and photographer, McIntyre is also the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the prolific multidisciplinary group The Trey McIntyre Project, hailed by critics and audiences alike for its artistic and organizational success. “An excellent craftsman [with a] refreshing openness in his works” (The New York Times), McIntyre’s recognizable style infuses athleticism and detailed coordination of the body, with a strong connection to music.

Follow Yin and Trey’s journey at The X-Blog.

The BalletX Choreographic Fellowship is generously funded by a grant from the Wyncote Foundation.


Choreographic Fellowship