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Institute for Community Action Training

Institute for Community Action Training (ICAT) shares our Community Action methodology to help participants mobilize the arts as a vehicle for social change. Spend a weekend learning time-tested tools to start, build, and expand your own arts and social justice program! Applications are open to dance and social service professionals.

ICAT participants will leave with:

  • In-depth knowledge of our four-part program model (details below)
  • A working understanding of intimate partner violence and other prevalent social issues
  • Techniques to effectively engage target populations and communities
  • Tangible workshop aids and resources (sample exercises, session structures, and Take Care Cards™)
  • Tips/tools for creating successful partnerships
  • Necessary skills for starting/expanding your own arts and social justice program

ICAT January 2018

The application for the January 2018 Institute for Community Action Training is now available. Applications are due Wednesday, December 13 at 12:00 pm EST.

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Dates & Times
Thursday, January 25: 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Friday, January 26 – Sunday, January 28: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Fee: $500
Limited Scholarships Available

For more information, please contact:

Yasemin Ozumerzifon, Senior Community Action Manager
Gibney Dance 280 Broadway (Entrance at 53 Chambers)
New York, NY 10007
Phone: 646 837 6809


“The training asked me to objectively look at resources I can offer the world, be they intellectual, energetic, physical, spiritual, etc. Thus, helping me to organize my own unique set of tools in order to take action in situations and communities where my heart leads me to effect change. In all, ICAT is a breeding ground for compassion in the truest sense of the word.”
– ICAT 2013 Participant


“I can’t thank you enough for this experience. I feel so prepared, galvanized, equipped, bolstered, grateful, suffused with enthusiasm, all the good things. Really!”
– ICAT 2015 Participant



Four-Part Methodology

Gibney Dance has developed an innovative program that uses the healing power of dance to make a difference in the lives of intimate partner violence survivors. Community Action has demonstrated that movement, physical awareness, and creativity can play a remarkable role in healing.

Learn more through our Community Action Infographic →

Community Action provides a safe environment for building self-esteem through positive physical expression. Workshop facilitators use specialized training in working with intimate partner violence survivors to facilitate movement workshops that empower clients and help them find renewed voices that support their quests to rebuild their lives. These workshops follow a unique four-part progression that reflects the Company’s artistic process:

  1. Look Inside: Reflect. Movement and creativity foster reflection and self-awareness that lead to greater self-confidence.
  2. Speak Through Movement: Express. Movement and creativity encourage choice and decision-making. These activities help participants listen to their inner voices, express their feelings, and assert their identities.
  3. Work Together: Collaborate. Moving and creating in a group is an enriching experience with valuable social and artistic rewards. Working together validates the experiences of every member of the group and helps to banish feelings of isolation and fear.
  4. Take Care™: Dancers share state-of-the-art tools for stress reduction and self-care drawn from extensive training in dance, bodywork, and somatic practices.

“Often domestic violence survivors have not been given many choices in their lives. Their impulses have been controlled by another person. In the sessions, they begin to make choices about their actions, how they want to express themselves, and when and with whom. It’s a process of being validated.”

– Gina Gibney

“I feel like I’m coming alive again.”

– Workshop participant