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.
2020 Choreography Fellow
Helen Simoneau, a native of Rimouski, Québec, is the Artistic Director and Founder of Helen Simoneau Danse. Described as “a choreographer-on-the-rise” by Dance Magazine, Simoneau creates work that exists at the intersection of intent and impact. Her commissions include The Juilliard School, Oregon Ballet Theatre, the American Dance Festival, UNC School of the Arts, The Yard, Springboard Danse Montréal, The Ailey School, the University of the Arts (PA), and the Swiss International Coaching Project (SiWiC) in Zurich. Simoneau was a resident artist at Baryshnikov Arts Center, NYU/Tisch, Bates Dance Festival, New York Dance Lab, The National Choreographic Center in Akron, and the University of Buffalo via the Creative Arts Initiative. She has received fellowships from The Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU, Ailey’s New Directions Choreography Lab, the Bogliasco Foundation, and twice from the North Carolina Arts Council. Her work has been presented nationally and internationally at The Guggenheim Museum (NY), Dance Place (DC), Joyce SoHo (NY), Tangente (Montréal), the Aoyama Round Theatre (Tokyo), the LIG Art Hall Busan (South Korea), Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out (MA), PACT-Zollverein in Essen (Germany), Athens International Dance Festival (Greece), and the Shanghai Dance Festival (China). Simoneau was awarded first place for choreography at the Internationales Solo-Tanz-Theater Festival in Stuttgart, Germany.
2019 Choreography Fellows
Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie is a New York City-based b-girl, dancer, and choreographer and a 2016 Bessie Award Winner for Innovative Achievement in Dance. As artistic director of Ephrat Asherie Dance (EAD), she has presented work at the Apollo Theater, Columbia College, Dixon Place, FiraTàrrega, Guggenheim’s Works & Process, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, La MaMa, River to River Festival, New York Live Arts, SummerStage, and The Yard, among others. Asherie has received numerous awards to support her work includingDance Magazine's Inaugural Harkness Promise Award, the Jacob's Pillow Fellowship at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU, and a Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant. In 2017 she received a National Dance Project award to support the development and touring of her most recent work, Odeon. Asherie is a regular guest artist with Dorrance Dance and has worked and collaborated with Doug Elkins, Rennie Harris, Bill Irwin, David Parsons, Gus Solomons Jr., and Buddha Stretch, among others. She earned her BA from Barnard College, Columbia University in Italian and her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she researched the vernacular jazz dance roots of contemporary street and club dances. Asherie is a co-founding member of the all-female house dance collective MAWU and is forever grateful to New York City’s underground dance community for inspiring her to pursue a life as an artist.
Caleb Teicher won a Bessie Award for Outstanding Individual Performance for his work in Michelle Dorrance and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards' Shared Evening when he was 17. He has been a member of Dorrance Dance, The Chase Brock Experience, The Bang Group, West Side Story (International Tour), and other dance/theater projects. Founded in 2015, his Caleb Teicher & Company (CT&Co) seeks to expand the capacity of America’s rich music and dance traditions through innovative choreography, performance, and contextualization. Utilizing tap dance, vernacular jazz, lindy hop, and a mix of other dance styles born and bred in America, the company’s work represents a unique style of theatricality, humor, emotional expression, and aesthetic exploration. With CT&Co, Teicher’s artistic reach has expanded to commissions from the Guggenheim, New York City Center, and The Joyce Theater; several engagements with symphony orchestras (including the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center); and many national and international touring engagements with the company’s repertoire. He is currently an Artist-in-Residence at the American Tap Dance Foundation. CT&Co’s work has been featured by The New York Times, The New Yorker, NPR Music, Vogue, Interview Magazine, Cultured Magazine, Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit, and other publications. His collaboration with Conrad Tao, More Forever, recently made the "Best of Dance 2018" list for The New York Times. Caleb continues to engage with dance communities as an instructor at international Tap and Jazz Dance festivals and also spends his time as a director/choreographer for interdisciplinary work.
Netta Yerushalmy has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, Jerome Robbins Bogliasco Fellowship, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award, National Dance Project Grant, commission from LMCC’s Extended Life program, Six Points Fellowship, and New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. She was recently a research fellow at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and is currently a Toulmin Fellow for Women Leaders in Dance. Yerushalmy is a Princeton Arts Fellow at Princeton University for 2019-2021. Her work has been commissioned and presented by Danspace Project, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, The Joyce Theater, American Dance Festival, HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Wexner Center for the Arts, La Mama, River to River Festival, Center for the Arts/Buffalo, International Dance (Jerusalem), Alvin Ailey American Dance Foundation, 62 Center for the Arts/Williamstown, ODC & Bridge Project, Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance (Tel Aviv), Harkness Dance Festival, International Solo Festival (Stuttgart), and Roulette. Her work has been supported by the Baryshnikov Arts Center, The Watermill Center, National Center for Choreography/Akron, Djerassi Arts Program, Movement Research, Gibney’s DiP, Trinity College. She contributed to Josiah McElheny’s Prismatic Park at Madison Square Park, choreographed a Red Hot Chili Peppers music video, worked with cellist Maya Beiser and composer Julia Wolfe on Spinning, and collaborated on evenings of theory and performance at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry (Berlin). Yerushalmy has created work with repertory companies and students at the University of the Arts, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, The Juilliard School, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Rutgers University, University of Utah, Zenon Dance Company, American Dance Festival, The Ailey School, SUNY Brockport, University of Texas at Austin, James Madison University, Long Island University, UNC Charlotte, Roger Williams University, and Sarah Lawrence College. As a performer, she has worked with Pam Tanowitz Dance, Doug Varone and Dancers, Joanna Kotze, Karinne Keithley, Nancy Bannon, Mark Jarecki, the Metropolitan Opera Ballet.
2011–2012: Emery LeCrone, Andrea Miller, Shen Wei
2012–2013: Brian Brooks, Beth Gill, Pontus Lidberg
2013–2014: Camille A. Brown, Gabrielle Lamb, Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener
2015–2016: Kyle Abraham, Jessica Lang, Reggie Wilson
2016–2017: Michelle Dorrance, Liz Gerring, Pam Tanowitz
2017–2018: Gemma Bond, Ronald K. Brown, John Heginbotham
City Center’s Choreography Fellowship program is supported by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.