Jennifer Homans

Distinguished Scholar in Residence in History and European and Mediterranean Studies

New York University, PhD 2008

Research Interests: 

History of dance

External Affiliations:

The New Republic, Dance Critic

Selected Works:


HomansApollos.jpgApollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet (Random House, 2010).


“Tony Judt: A Final Victory”, New York Review of Books, March 22, 2012

“Back in the USSR”, review of Alexei Ratmansky’s Bright Stream and other works, The New Republic, October 20, 2011.

“Paul McCartney’s Predictable, Antiquated, Pandering New Ballet”, review of Ocean’s Kingdom, The New Republic online, October 6, 2011.

“René Blum: Life of a Dance Master”, review of Judith Chazin-Bennahum, Rene Blum and the Ballets Russes, New York Times Book Review, July 8, 2011.

“Arts Czars”, review of Solomon Volkov, Romanov Riches: Russian Writers and Artists Under the Tsars, New York Times Book Review, February 25, 2011.

“Swan Fake”, review of Black Swan, The New Republic, March 3, 2011

“Is Ballet at a Breaking Pointe?”, You Magazine (UK), November 28, 2010.

“The Cinderella Art”, The Guardian (UK), December 4, 2010.

“The Art of Work” Review of Frederick Wiseman’s La Danse,The New Republic, December 28, 2009.

“Merce Cunningham (1919-2009) The North Star that never stopped moving”, The New Republic, online July 31st, 2009.

“Swept Away”, review of Julie Kavanagh, Nureyev: The Life, The New Republic, November 19, 2007.

“The Memory of an Art”, The New Republic, November 27/December 4, 2006.

“The Little Apple”, review of American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, Carolina Ballet, James Sewell Ballet, The New Republic, September 11/18, 2006.

“Baby Ballerina” review of Irina Baronova, Irina: Ballet, Life and Love, New York Times Book Review, September 10, 2006.

“Revolutionary Movement”, review of Marcia B. Siegel, Howling Near Heaven: Twyla Tharp and the Reinvention of Modern Dance, New York Times Book Review, April 16, 2006.

“The Skin Trade”, review of Michael, The Sleeping Beauty Notebook, Birdbrain: “Flight of Mind”, 16 [R]evolutions, The New Republic, April 14, 2006.

“England on Pointe”, review of the Royal Ballet’s Ashton Celebration, The New Republic, November 7, 2005.

“Swan Lake and Stalin”, review of the Kirov Ballet, The New Republic, February 21, 2005.

“A Real Bard”, review of Christopher Wheeldon’s Shambards, The New Republic, July 19, 2004.

“The Balanchine Couple”, review of The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, The New Republic, March 8, 2004.

Journey of Invention, The New York Review of Books, December 19, 2002.

“Movin’ In”, review of Twyla Tharp and Susan Stroman, The New Republic, December 2/9, 2002.

“Where is the Heartbeat in the Balanchine Legacy?” The New York Times, May 26, 2002.

“The Day is Past and Gone”, review of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The New Republic, April 22, 2002.

“Steps, Steps, Steps” review of American Ballet Theater, The New Republic, February 18, 2002.

“Dancing in the Dark”, review of dance after 9/11, The New Republic, December 3, 2001.

“The Undying Swan”, review of Maya Plisetskaya, I, Maya Plisetskaya, The New Republic, November 12, 2001.

“Fiddler on the Hoof”, review of Gregg Lawrence, Dance With Demons: The Life of Jerome Robbins, The New Republic, July 9/16, 2001.


Charlie Rose - An interview with Jennifer Homans on Apollo's Angels.

NPR's Fresh Air -  The Tutu's Tale: A Cultural History Of Ballet's 'Angels'.

TedxTalks - Apollo's Angels: Why Ballet Matters

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Updated on 09/28/2012