Mission & History

The New York Choreographic Institute was founded in 2000 by Irene Diamond and Peter Martins with a mission to cultivate the next generation of choreographers who will evolve classical ballet for the 21st century. 

The New York Choreographic Institute supports racial and gender equity and is committed to providing opportunities for artists of all identities. 


Our programs provide time, space, and resources for artists to advance both the process and practice of ballet today. The work of the Institute takes place year-round, with a primary focus on two working sessions — one in the fall and one in the spring. Choreographers are given uninterrupted time and studio space, access to dancers from New York City Ballet and the School of American Ballet, collaboration with emerging composers and designers, consultation with dramaturgs, and an immersive experience within New York City’s performing and visual arts culture.


Applications for the 2022-2023 Sessions must be submitted by June 20, 2022.

Applications must include a current resumé, a summary of relevant ballet experience, a letter of intent, and a YouTube/Vimeo link containing no more than 10 minutes of selected choreography.
Applications and inquiries should be emailed to: