Curriculum - Gibney
Week of July 15, 2020
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Gibney’s Visa & Professional Training Program Curriculum and corresponding classes are designed for the professional or aspiring professional dancer, taught by esteemed members of the New York City dance field. Professional Training Program participants will join a wonderful and diverse community of artists pursuing their passion in one of the greatest cities in the world.

Gibney is proud to offer a dance space to artists who look beyond their own work to collaborate in community, acknowledging how others think and how movement can change lives. The classes at Gibney are supportive, non-judgmental, and safe for dancers to try new styles, take risks, and have fun, while training at an advanced level in a diverse array of styles. 

The Gibney Visa & Professional Training Program includes curriculum components that occur both in and out of the dance studio. Our aim is to offer a well-rounded training ground for dancers to improve their artistic and physical abilities, while growing as critical thinkers, community builders, and artist-entrepreneurs. 

Students who successfully complete the Gibney Visa & Professional Training Program will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Program Curriculum

Students choose their weekly classes from Gibney’s Open Class Schedule. Gibney holds over 90 Open Classes weekly in a wide range of techniques and levels. This is an opportunity for students to take class alongside NYC professionals, explore classes in new styles, and delve into their own personal interests. View our current Open Class Schedule here. 

Student Meetings

Students and program staff come together twice per month to meet and connect. These meetings offer students the opportunity to share with one another and ask questions. Each meeting will conclude in a discussion with various topics including setting goals, artistic challenges, budgeting and networking tips, producing your own work, and more.

Artistic Advisors

An opportunity for students to connect with an active professional artist in the New York City dance scene, each student will be matched with an artistic advisor based on their unique interests and goals.  Students will meet monthly with their artistic advisor throughout the course of the program, for a minimum 1 hour per meeting. These meetings will allow you to talk openly, ask questions, and receive career guidance from a professional artist.

One-on-one support from Gibney Training Program Staff

Every student will have access to individualized support from the Gibney Training Program Staff. One-on-one check-ins will be held at the beginning and end of your program to set goals, discuss progress, reflect on the program, and develop plans post-program completion. Students may schedule additional meetings with Training Program Staff to discuss any questions that may arise.

Gibney Classes

Gibney houses a pre-eminent training ground that provides a comprehensive contemporary dance education. Its thoughtfully composed curriculum is unique among New York City dance centers. Class offerings are balanced across five areas of concentration that radiate from internal exploration to external engagement:

  • Physical Inquiry & Somatic Practices
  • Dance Technique
  • Creative Exploration & Improvisation
  • Performative Techniques & Composition
  • Community Engagement & Audience Development

These concentrations are designed to guide students so that they receive a well-rounded, holistic dance education while feeding their individual artistic curiosities. Whatever the chosen approach, our program supports each person’s inquiry while inciting cross-pollination and intersection between methodologies.

Classes and workshops in this category encompass a wide range of body practices, designed to increase core strength, range of motion, and stability. These classes focus upon expanding one’s understanding and efficient use of the body and are suitable for professional dancers and non-dancers alike. Somatic forms offered, both regularly and for intensive workshops, include a wide range of classes programmed in partnership with Movement Research, Kinected Center: Kane School of Pilates, Zena-Rommett Floor Barre®, MELT Method, and more. 

All technique classes are designed for the professional or aspiring professional dancer and are taught by highly experienced NYC dance professionals and members of the most exciting NYC dance companies. Technique classes are offered in a range of styles including Contemporary, Modern, Ballet, Street Styles, Simonson Technique, Gaga, West African, and more. 

Classes and workshops that focus on a range of contemporary dance improvisational techniques, taught by choreographers/dancers including guest artists from The Playground and other members of the improvisation community.

Workshops incorporating repertory, composition, and choreographic studies. Gibney also holds ongoing discussions, residencies, and other performance opportunities for developing and established makers to share more about compositional techniques and choreographic practices.

Gibney 280 Broadway is home to five performance spaces that create opportunities for diverse performance experiences, from in-progress showings to fully realized presentational events. Gibney’s Community Action Program offers opportunities for artists to develop their own Community Action and Social Justice programming. Gibney strives to empower artists with the tools needed to build the field at large. 

Partner Organizations

We have several partner organizations that contribute to our classes programming, including:

  • Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance programs African and Diaspora Dance classes
  • Gaga Dance USA programs weekly classes in Gaga technique
  • The Joyce Theater Foundation programs Master Classes with their performing companies
  • Kinected/Kane School of Pilates programs Pilates classes for dancers
  • Movement Research programs many Physical Inquiry & Somatic Practices
  • New Dance Collective is composed of our Simonson Technique faculty, with an alignment-based approach to movement
  • The Playground NYC programs affordable repertory exploration labs with current choreographers who are often visiting from other cities or countries
  • SpringboardX, presents two annual intensives with Springboard Danse Montréal artists in a non-audition setting

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