Hands Are For Holding | School Assembly On Bullying | Gibney
Week of August 9, 2020
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Hands Are For Holding®

Hands are for holding Assembly

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Appropriate for grades 4-12, the program addresses the social emotional health of young people through discourse, resource sharing and a high-quality professional dance performance. Choreographed dances combined with participatory opportunities create a well-rounded educational experience that invites students to witness, and practice, active choices to create and foster healthy relationships throughout every moment and interaction. The dances provide a dynamic point of entry for meaningful dialogue within a safe space. Led by community educators, the program fosters discussion of relevant topics such as signs of bullying, the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships, social isolation, boundaries and consent, and technological abuse among many others.

In support of the safety and health of the next generation, this program provides tangible tools, actions and take-aways designed to foster respectful relationships, clear communication and youth leadership.

Offered in partnership with Day One and Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence, Hands are for Holding® has reached over 23,000 New York City young people in the last five years, across all five boroughs.


Hands are for Holding® offers assemblies and residencies at schools in all five boroughs of New York City.

Duration: 45 – 60 minutes
Availability: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, between 10:00am – 2:00pm
Number of Students: Minimum of 30 students – maximum of 250 students
Fee: $500. Accessibility is an important value to us and we can work with your organization’s budget.

Please contact Emily Tellier at emilyt@gibneydance.org with any questions.


As reports indicate an increase of gender-based violence and cyberbullying during this time of COVID-19, it is more important than ever to support students’ socio-emotional well-being and encourage dialogue around healthy relationships. Gibney now offers two ways to engage with this program online:

Moving Bodies + Moving Ideas: Healthy Relationships During COVID-19 and Beyond
We have created a pre-recorded video series based on our Hands are for Holding® assemblies. The series, along with lesson plans and other resources, are available to educators for free during this time.

Hands are for Holding® Live Video Workshops
This spring, we will offer a limited number of live Hands are for Holding® workshops for students. The workshops offer:

  • Space for young people to discuss healthy and unhealthy relationships, using dance to start the conversation
  • Best practices for supporting a friend
  • Interactive self-care exercises that are grounding and energizing
  • Resources for young people to seek help and support

Duration: 40 – 60 minutes
Maximum Number of Students: 40
Platform: Zoom
Fee: Suggested donation of $50, $100, $150

For more information or to schedule a live Hands are for Holding® workshop, please email Emily at emilyt@gibneydance.org.

We are happy to work with your school to make this offering adaptable to your format of remote teaching.

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Thank you to Day One and the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence for their ongoing partnership with Gibney Dance through Hands are for Holding®.

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Hands are for Holding® is generously supported by The Mayor’s Grant for Cultural Impact, with support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

the assembly opened up a dialogue amongst our students that was invaluable.

Teacher, Williamsburg Charter High School

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