Choreography Fellows

Launched in 2011, City Center’s Choreography Fellowship supports choreographers at critical stages in their careers. The Fellowship, which provides three choreographers with a creative home at City Center for one year, reflects City Center’s long history of nurturing dance makers from George Balanchine to Christopher Wheeldon.

Each Choreography Fellow receives 150 hours of free rehearsal time in City Center’s studios, a generous stipend, and administrative support for their fundraising, technology, and marketing needs. We help our Choreography Fellows develop the tools to sustain their companies long into the future—a future that often ends up being on City Center’s mainstage. Several Fellows have returned to create new works for Fall for Dance and choreograph shows at Encores! Off-Center.

2017–2018 Choreography Fellows

GEMMA BOND 2017-2018 Choreography Fellow
2017-2018 Choreography Fellow
Born in Bedfordshire, England, Gemma Bond began her ballet training with Sylvia Bebbs. She trained at the Royal Ballet School and joined The Royal Ballet rising to the rank of first artist. Since joining American Ballet Theatre in 2008, Bond has danced works ranging from Ashton to Balanchine, Morris to Tharp, and created featured roles in works by Alexei Ratmansky and Liam Scarlett, among others. She got her first taste of choreography at 13 when she competed in the Royal Ballet’s Sir Kenneth MacMillan Choreographic Competition. From 2010 to the present, she has created three new ballets for ABT’s Choreographic Institute as well as works for Atlanta Ballet, New York Theatre Ballet, Intermezzo Ballet Company, and the Hartt School. Her choreography has been performed at the prestigious Erik Bruhn Competition, the Youth America Grand Prix Gala, the 92nd Street Y, The Joyce, Jacob’s Pillow Dance. Bond has also worked on commercial projects with 1stAveMachine. In 2014, she was awarded the fellowship grant from the New York Choreographic Institute (an affiliate of New York City Ballet) and she has also received grants from the Virginia B. Toulmin foundation. Her upcoming projects include a world premiere commission from Ballet Sun Valley to take place in Sun Valley, Idaho in August of 2017, and a spring 2018 world premiere commission from the Washington Ballet. Bond is the recipient of a 2017 Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship.

RONALD K. BROWN 2017-2018 Choreography Fellow
2017-2018 Choreography Fellow
Ronald K. Brown (Founder/Artistic Director) founded EVIDENCE, A Dance Company in 1985. He has worked with Mary Anthony Dance Theater, Jennifer Muller/The Works, and other choreographers and artists. Brown has set works on Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, Cleo Parker Robinson Ensemble, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Jennifer Muller/The Works, Jeune Ballet d’Afrique Noire, Ko‐Thi Dance Company, Philadanco, Muntu Dance Theater of Chicago, Ballet Hispanico TU Dance, and MalPaso. He won an AUDELCO Award for his choreography in Regina Taylor’s award‐winning play Crowns, received two Black Theater Alliance Awards, and a Fred & Adele Astaire Award for Outstanding Choreography in the Tony Award winning Broadway and national touring production of The Gershwins' Porgy & Bess, adapted by Suzan Lori Parks, arrangement by Diedre Murray and directed by Diane Paulus. Brown was named Def Dance Jam Workshop 2000 Mentor of the Year and has received; the Doris Duke Artist Award, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts Choreographers Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, United States Artists Fellowship, a “Bessie” Award, and The Ailey Apex Award. Brown is a member of Stage Directors & Choreographers Society.

JOHN HEGINBOTHAM 2017-2018 Choreography Fellow
2017-2018 Choreography Fellow
Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, John Heginbotham graduated from The Juilliard School in 1993, and was a member of Mark Morris Dance Group from 1998–2012. In 2011, he founded Dance Heginbotham, which has been presented and commissioned by Bard College, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Jacob’s Pillow Dance, The John F. Kennedy Center, The Joyce Theater, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, among others. In 2016, Dance Heginbotham toured to Southeast Asia with DanceMotion USASM, a cultural diplomacy initiative of the US Department of State, produced by BAM. In February 2017, the Company premiered Lola at The Kennedy Center, performed with the world‐renowned violinist Joshua Bell and the National Symphony Orchestra. Active as a freelance choreographer, Heginbotham’s recent projects include Candide (Orlando Philharmonic, 2016); Oklahoma! (Bard Summerscape, 2015); Angels’ Share (Atlanta Ballet, 2014); Isaac Mizrahi’s The Magic Flute (Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, 2014), and Peter and the Wolf (Guggenheim Works and Process, 2013). Heginbotham was the recipient of the 2014 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award.

Special thanks to the Mertz Gilmore Foundation for its support of this program.