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 2018 fellow Andrew McNicol and mentor Matthew Neenan.
British choreographer Andrew McNicol began his choreographic work while studying at The Royal Ballet, where he won the Kenneth MacMillan choreographic competition. He then went on to receive his Master of the Arts with Distinction through Ballet Central’s Professional Choreographic Programme. McNicol has had the opportunity to choreograph for well-known companies and organizations such as The Royal Ballet of Flanders, Birmingham Royal Ballet, The London Olympics, and New English Ballet Theatre. He has also created work for The New York Choreographic Institute, an affiliate of New York City Ballet. In 2017 he embarked on a new endeavor with his recently launched project, The McNicol Ballet Collective. He aims to connect collaborators and dancers from companies across Europe to create new, experimental works from the collective experiences of the artists.Matthew Neenan
Matthew Neenan began his training at the Boston Ballet School and with noted teachers Nan C. Keating and Jacqueline Cronsberg. He later attended the LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts and the School of American Ballet in New York. From 1994-2007, Matthew danced with the Pennsylvania Ballet, performing numerous principal roles in the classical, Balanchine and contemporary repertoire. In October 2007, Matthew was named Choreographer in Residence at the Pennsylvania Ballet. Matthew’s choreography has been featured and performed by BalletX, Pennsylvania Ballet, Washington Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Colorado Ballet, Ballet West, Ballet Met, Ballet Memphis, Milwaukee Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, OKC Ballet, Juilliard Dance, and Opera Philadelphia, among others. He has received numerous awards and grants for his choreography from the National Endowment for the Arts, Dance Advance funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, Choo San Goh Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and Independence Foundation. In 2006, Matthew received the New York City Ballet’s Choreographic Institute’s Fellowship Initiative Award. Matthew’s Carmina Burana, As It’s Going, and 11:11 were performed by Pennsylvania Ballet at New York City Center in 2006 and 2007. In October 2009, Matthew was the grand prize winner of Sacramento Ballet’s Capital Choreography Competition and also the first recipient of the Jerome Robbins New Essential Works (NEW) Program Fellowship for his work At the border.